The Working Group came into being, in which people like Lionel Vinour, Silvio de Matos or Antonio Casares acted with enthusiasm and perseverance. Lionel, with his typical Cartesian spirit, has always had the wisdom of what is to be done and prepared. Silvio proved an amazing coagulating energy and Juan Antonio brought tenacity. Even from the beginning, Jean Pierre Dehouck has always supported us in a competent and efficient way, managing to moderate things whenever the case was.
So the Group became not only a working group, but also a group of friends who discovered with pleasure in sharing a lot of common values. Some of those are the respect for every human being and every culture, and the belief in the necessity of a democratic approach to every action you take part in."
These were Mihaela Varga's thoughts and mine in 2001.
Today our colleague and friend, active part of EFUCA, Silvio Matos' spirit, is no longer with us. He was the founding member of EFUCA along with the Oporto UNESCSilicotic and its secretary general during 2008-2012 mandate. If you would ask me what I particulary remember from Silvio I would answer: his rightfullness, correctitude, a perfect discipline with the correspondence and the EFUCA documentation archived according to the dates and hours. Even the most insignificant information if it was needed I knew he was the one to have it. The past years brought us in the movement many times tears thinking of those who left us.
Today our friend joined them, leaving us poorer of a good, constructive thought and richer with a tear.
Travel well to the sky, Silvio !
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