“…don’t dwell on short-lived expedients, don’t illude yourselves with a momentary truce or with unstable compromises: look towards that ideal purpose, make a strenuous and generous effort to reach it…”

Mission & Vision

The De Gasperi Foundation was created in 1982 by Maria Romana, daughter of Alcide De Gasperi, and from the outset it became a political and cultural point of reference for those who identify with the original European spirit of De Gasperi.

The values adhered to and promoted by Alcide De Gasperi such as the importance of the human being, the defense of the democratic architecture, European integration, and giving attention to new generations are the beacons which continue to guide the work of the Foundation.

The Foundation possesses unpublished letters, documents and photographs from the private archive of De Gasperi.

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the civic culture of the country to help the wellbeing of people and institutions, respecting De Gasperi’s contribution to the democratic establishment of Europe, nationally and internationally. Drawing inspiration from his idea that “politics means to achieve”, the Foundation intends to be the flywheel of a solid and renewed civil commitment, starting from the young and privileged interlocutors who must undergo the challenges brought on by the modern societies and governance in a globalized world.

Network

The Foundation is part of Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. It participates in research and education projects which are financed by the European Union and collaborates with prestigious international institutions.

The man

Born on April 3, 1881 in Pieve Tesino (trento), Alcide De Gasperi has been a protagonist of political ad economic reconstruction of Italy after the II World War, and the leader of moderate governments since 1947.

Together with other great statesmen of his epoch, he actively promoted the European unity. His experiences of fascism and war – he was imprisoned from 1927 to 1929 before finding asylum in the Vatican State – shaped his certainty that only the union of Europe could have prevent their comeback.

He promoted lots of initiatives addressed to the fusion of Western Europe, working to the implementation of Marshall Plan and building strong economic ties with other european states, especially with France. He furthermore supported the Schuman Plan for the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community.

Archive and Library

The Foundation has the De Gasperi’s private archive, containing letters, documents and photographs still unpublished, presented by his daughter Maria Romana.

The archive contains 6 collections:

  1. Correspondence series
  2. Memorandum of Council of Ministers meeting series
  3. Paolo Canali Collections
  4. Rodolfo Arata Collections
  5. Francesco Bartolotta Diary series
  6. Volumes collecting President De Gasperi’s speeches published by “Il Popolo”

The archive is open from Monday to Friday (9.30-13.30 and 14.30-16.30).

“…the future will not be built with force, not even with the desire of conquest but by means of the patient application of the democratic method, the spirit of constructive consensus and the respect for freedom…”

The activities with which the Foundation achieves its own mission are promoted by an international Scientific Committee, composed of university professors, intellectuals and professionals. These activities descend through four thematic paths:

  • FDG SEMINAR | Seminars, conventions, round table meetings to stimulate public debate on current economic and social themes.
  • FDG TOUR | International projects and efforts to increase the value of the archival heritage and modern geopolitical research.
  • FDG BOOK | Editorial activity, through the publication of seminar facts and scientific research.
  • FDG EDUCATION | Educational projects and political training for the young with the objective to stabilize a new managing class, able to engage and meet today’s challenge.

The De Gasperi Foundation is a nonprofit cultural institution. It is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by private donors and companies which share the Foundation’s mission through its activities.

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