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MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR PEACE
KIRO GLIGOROV
President of the Republic of Macedonia

A great figure of European anti-fascism and of the war of liberation in the Balkans, Gligorov is the political man who, by his action and prestige within the Yugoslav Federation, has managed to contain a tragic downfall of other similar regimes in Europe. In his acts and writings he has always defended the principles of human rights, of the equality of citizens, of a democratic expression even when these points of view were absolutely a minority. Under his leadership, Macedonia has fully participated in the spirit and practice of European agreement becoming the cornerstone of a policy aiming at the integration of South-Eastern Europe into the framework of European Union. This Award is meant to acknowledge the clear views, the political consistency and determination, as well as the courage always shown by Gligorov, since the constitution of the new post-war Yugoslav situation, in affirming the same fundamental ideas even when they were not in accordance with current policy. Ideas and principles of which he and his Country have become an example.

Awarding Ceremony
Napoli, 5 January 1998

 


INTERNATIONAL AWARD LABORATORIO MEDITERRANEO
MOJA DOMOVMA
best short-film by jugoslavian director Milos Radovic'

 Moja Domovma by Milos Radovic (Federal Republic of Jugoslavia) represents an ironical and grotesque picture of the present reality of ex-Jugoslavia. For this reason the Fondazione Mediterraneo attributed to Milos Radovic the International Award Laboratorio Mediterraneo 1998.

Awarding Ceremony
Trieste, 18 January 1998

   


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR CULTURE
H.M. JUAN CARLOS I
King of Spain

He has been able to use the monarchy as a tool of a secure and flourishing transition. With discretion and determination he has pushed hard reintegration of Spain in the concert of a renovated Western world by suggesting with the diversity of the policies the unity of the final outcome and the balance of the autonomies and the respect of the different Iberian cultures, as well as solidarity among people who have been tied by a common history in the past centuries. For this reason the Fondazione Mediterraneo attributed to H.M. Juan Carlos I the Mediterranean Award for Culture 1998.

Awarding Ceremony
Palermo, 1 October 1998