(VELINO) Roma, 16 Dec - A series of events in the CzechRepublic marking Italy's six-month presidency of the EuropeanUnion has closed with a concert by world-famous violinistVaclav Hudecek. The programme included pieces by Tartini,Dvorak and Paganini. The Italian Ambassador to the CzechRepublic, Aldo Amati, said the concert had brought thepresidency to a scintillating close. He added that, despite theEuropean elections and the complex institutional transitionfrom one Commission to another, Italy had left a strong imprintduring its presidency. It had bolstered and Europeanised bordercontrol to cope with the never-ending flood of refugees and setup new cooperation agreements with their countries of originand transit. The presidency had been instrumental in building aEuropean community with greater awareness of the needs of itscitizens, especially the emergencies in many Southern Europeancountries caused by low growth and unemployment. There was aneed to restore work prospects for young people. The day afterthe concert, the Central European Italian Film Festival, alsounder the aegis of the six-month presidency, drew to a close.Eight films were screened at the Lucerna cinema, one ofPrague's most emblematic and stunning cinemas. Giovanni Sciola,Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, said hewas delighted with this edition of the festival and theterrific response from the public. More than 1,500 spectatorsoverall and the wide media coverage were made possible not justby the high artistic level of the films that were screened, butalso by the strengthening reciprocal ties with public andprivate bodies in Prague and in the Czech Republic. vel.