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Board in charge in 2017

Marko Kravos                president
Roberto Dedenaro          vicepresident
Dušan  Kalc                    councellor
Paolo Privitera                councellor
Dušan Udovič                 councellor

Past Presidents
Pavle Merků
Roberto Dedenaro
Patrizia Vascotto
Marino Vocci




The history of a border area is one of division and fear, wished and fed by a few, accepted by many and suffered by all. The rejection of independent thought disfigures everything; the place of critical inquiry is taken by myth and dogma and that of the distinctiveness of the other by generalizations. A reductionist and violent simplification coupled with a self-interested exultation of one’s own drab conformity supplants any recognition of the cultural wealth and dialogue that diversity offers. Social progress in any territory where different communities live side by side depends to a large extent on their ability to co-exist, communicate and work together; this does not entail a denial of one’s own social and cultural identity but mutual enrichment.

Gruppo 85 (which has, admittedly, emerged late if one considers both the far-reaching social changes of the last decades and the increasing awareness concerning the co-existence of different ethnic groups) has as its vision a culture of exchange, which in our very diverse area obviously demands the willingness and the commitment of both groups if it is to succeed. It is the participation, contribution and mutual effort of Italians and Slovenes that make the uniqueness of Gruppo 85, which aims to draw on the wealth of experience and values of the two ethnic groups – and of others still – not only for its own benefit but also for that of Trieste and the wider area.

These are the principles which guide Gruppo 85, inspire its activities and also inform the reading, interpretation and implementation of its constitution. To ensure this, there is necessarily equal representation and participation of Italians and Slovenes in the association and in turn shared responsibility for its internal organization. On the other hand, on the committees of the association the difference between Italians and Slovenes is secondary, since both are called to serve not so much as representatives of their own community but for their experience, competence and qualities and for their commitment (understood if not explicitly stated) to advance the needs, rights and legitimate interests of both constituents that make up the association.


Triest, 1985