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Opening the year 2016, this newsletter highlights first resumption of regular activities of the Association through the tenacious action of our secretary, J. Thiriot, and your collaborations at all, marked in particular by sending bibliographic notes and often difficult to collect but still useful information (use the mail for convenience). Be thanked for your trust and your perseverance, which we hope to, will continue in the coming months. It would be good in fact that we can continue this effort and prepare the autumn a new number this time giving the basic information about the activities and publications produced during the year (or, for those who wish to supplement their bibliographies , references to publications made over the last decade) this especially for the most inaccessible country.

But this newsletter is also the first developed after the holding of the VII Congress of the AIECM2 met for the first time in the Eastern Mediterranean, in Thessaloniki, the 11 to 16 October 1999 under the auspices of the Greek Committee and the effective management of Mr. and Mrs. Bakirtzis, in terms of organization as perfect as they are friendly. It was completed by the visit to Athens on 17 October, the exhibition specially prepared for us by the Benaki Museum in this city, however, still under restoration. This exhibition is thus added to that, spectacular, made even in the beautiful Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture where were presented more than 300 Byzantine glazed ceramics with sgraffito decoration: pieces from land or underwater excavations carried out in all parts of Greece, the Peloponnese to Crete and Thrace. Besides the quality of the presentations, the development of two large fully illustrated and well documented catalogs is a fundamental contribution, essentially work Demetra Papanikola-Bakirtzi, Fofo Mavrikiou and Charalambos Bakirtzis. One would like to thank all participants in this common work, carried out for the exhibition with the Thessaloniki Museum of support and Athens but also different Ephories of Byzantine Antiquities and the American School of Athens (for Corinth ). The development of these major events materialized yet, for all Congress participants (over 400) the contribution of these study days of great wealth. Unable to make a real account here, I would just point out some strengths (see the detailed program).