1st CONFERENCE, ROME 10 JUNE 1985
The first Conference (called “Symposium”) was held in Rome at the initiative of the Italian MFAs Spouses Association (ACDMAE). Delegates of all the EEC member countries, (only Luxembourg was absent) were present in the “Symposium”: they were the spouses of the EEC Ambassadors in Rome, (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, U.K., Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain), and representatives of the existing MFAs Spouses’ Associations from : Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and U.K.( plus a delegate from the French “Bureau d’Information” of the French MFAs, since France had not yet a spouses’ association).
The topic of the meeting:
“EUROPEAN DIMENSIONS OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE FAMILY IMPLICATIONS”, was presented by the Italian Association in four parts:
THE VALUE OF TRADITION: the role of the diplomat’s wife and the family’s engagement in the missions abroad.
THE ROLE OF THE WIFE IN THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE: her potential and future.
THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE DIPLOMATIC LIFE IN THE FAMILY LIFE: health, education, emotional stress.
CULTURAL INTERESTS/PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS: Problems resulting from the marriage dissolution: separation, divorce, and widowhood.