January 25, 2019 – Press Release 1st General Meeting – Rome (IT)
February 11, 2019

We are very pleased to communicate you that on 25th of January 2019, in Rome (Italy) has been officially signed in the presence of Public Notary, the Incorporation Deed of the new European/International Association
Centre for Research and European Studies – future business (briefly CRES).
The Association aims to implement studies, research and European projects, in order also to enhance active citizenship and to promote European policies in the area of education and training.

The two initial Promoters of this initiative are
• Finance & Banking – Organizational and HR Development Association – Effebi Ass.
• Multimedia Academic Global – MAG

The composition of Board of Directors approved by the Assembly of Members in the first meeting of 11th of February 2019 – Rome is:

President*: Mario Spatafora Effebi Association (IT)
Vice President*: George Petrou Dimitra Education & Consulting (EL)
Vice President*: Josep Soler Alberti Institut d’Estudis Financers (ES)
Vice President*: Volker Wittberg University of Applied Sciences (DE)
Managing Director*: Alessandro Caforio Multimedia Academic Global (IT)
Board Member: Imma Miralles Foro Tecnico de Formacion (ES)
Board Member: Ionela Neagoe Gh. Lazar’ National College (RO)
Board Member: Josè Porfirio Strategic management company (PT)
Board Member: William Portelli Malta Union of bank employees (MT)
Board Member: Alì Rashidi Folkuniversitetet (SE)

(*Members of Executive Committee)


The Vision of CRES is to make quality lifelong learning, education and training reality for everyone in order to enhance economic growth and social inclusion and to boost employability opportunities across Europe. While the Mission is to strengthen the cooperation among the Members and to develop professionality in line with the market needs.
The main Thematic Areas of activities defined by the Statute are:
– Development for social and economic growth;
– Education, training and social inclusion;
– ICT & digital and technological innovation;
– Quality Assurance.
The two categories of Membership are:
• Ordinary: All kind of the Organizations with aims in line with CRES mission.
• Individual: Professionals who are interested to the main CRES activities.

Furthermore the Statute foresees the special category “Honorary Member”: experts wishing to contribute, with their prestige and professionality, on achieving the purposes of the Association. They can also be invited to join to the Scientific Committee (Qualified representatives from the academic, professional and industry world that provides advisory and strategic consultancy)