Welcome to the internet site of the AEP!

Thank you for visiting the website of the European Academy of Philately. Here you will find all you need to know on the AEP and its activities. You will find not only our rules - the statutes - but also our membership list, details on our annual OPUS publication, together with the most recent copy of our Trait d’Union, a brief newsletter sent three times a year to all our members. All these elements should enable you to gain a proper view of what the AEP is today, a society which has gradually developed and is now taking an increasingly important position in the philatelic world. How this came about is worth looking at in more detail.

First of all our Academy steadily transformed itself from a purely social club into an international society bringing together more active and qualified collectors who were also willing to share their knowledge with the publication of original articles and displays at certain selected philatelic events. The aim of which is to present rounded collections, illustrative of the history of a country, of a theme, an idea, a certain stamp or even the routes used for sending mail, both nationally and internationally. In this way knowledge can be shared and disseminated on many philatelic interests including entirely new ones.

The AEP then ensured that it became truly international - focusing on Europe - while becoming more selective about membership. No longer can anyone become a member! This progressive change enabled us to generate more interest, not only from our members but also from those not yet part of our society. We have begun to realise that Opus is being acquired more and more by non-members, whether they are philatelists, a club or a library. This leads us to believe that little by little our ambition is coming to fruition enabling a more timely and useful spread of good quality philatelic knowledge.

And finally it does bring us satisfaction to see an increasing number of authors turning their hand to the task of preparing an article for a future OPUS. We consider this a positive endorsement of our publication and for the forward looking way in which it is being run; it also encourages us to continue in our efforts to increase the number of authors, the more so since the AEP believes that a broad and varied range are essential not only for our society but also our hobby.

The spirit in which our AEP aims to present itself in the philatelic world is: selective, serious, dynamic and informative. All this in a spirit of comradeship along with enjoyable social activities. May I therefore invite you to form your own opinion on this? Enjoy the website!

Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi
Académie Européenne de Philatélie ( AEP )