(ANSA) – Rome, 1 DIC – The President of the Italian Atlantic Committee, Fabrizio W. Luciolli, took over the presidency of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) for the years 2015 – 2017. Luciolli succeeded the German MP Karl Lamers (CDU) on the occasion of the General Assembly held in Brussels which celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the organization. ATA embraces the Atlantic Committees from all NATO member states and partners. The General Assembly adopted a number of initiatives, including a program of strategic communication on Atlantic security issues and of training for civilian and military personnel in Ukraine and Georgia. The strengthening of cooperation activities with countries in the Mediterranean and the Gulf has also been foreseen. “The return of an Italian representative to the ATA leadership is a significant acknowledgement for the international cooperation programs conducted by the Italian Atlantic Committee on security issues in the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East”, Luciolli noted (ANSA).