Maison de la Méditerranée
The Maison de la Méditerranée (MdM) is a physical space in which institutions and bodies from the Countries adhering to the Union for the Mediterranean conduct exchanges and partnerships for future peace and development.
It constitutes a shared space where the different personalities and attitudes of the Euro-Mediterranean area meet and compare experiences and cultures, reach a greater reciprocal awareness in the examination of their various interests, discuss their differences, and initiate a dialogue directed, in the long term, to achieve agreement based on peace and justice, mutual security and common progress.
The Maison de la Méditerranée is a key initiative of the Fondazione Mediterraneo whose puurpose is to promote the cultural and institutional involvement of the Euro-Mediterranean countries (particularly those of Italy, the Regione Campania and the entire South) in accordance with the policies adopted by the European Union, the Union for the Mediterranean and other institutions.
The objectives of the Maison de la Méditerranée are:
1. Setting up a Permanent Consultation Network for partners in Euromediterranean dialogue, with ITC back-up (using the Intranet functions of the Portal "euromedi.org") and periodic meetings based on sectors (Topic Forums);
2. Carrying out Action Plans tackling the main issues of development in the Mediterranean and fostering the extension of Euromediterranean markets by means of partnerships based on the consultation networks outlined above.
The Action Plans are designed to ensure a high degree of participation in Euromediterranean markets, both in terms of services (engineering, tourism, training) and of production of goods and the internationalization of capital. Action Plans are envisaged in the areas specified above.
The MdM, through the Action Plans, aims to promote (in both planning and material terms) numerous Mediterranean circuits of enhancement in the spheres of: traditional and artisan know-how (ceramics, jewellery, cloth-making, etc.); quality agriculture (traditional horticulture, gardening, cooking) and, of course, the cultural heritage (retrieval of architectural techniques, stonemasonry, restoration);
3. Implementing scientific research and training programmes designed both to provide scientific and technical back-up for the "Action Plans" and to create the trans-national human capital required for Euromediterranean integration. This will pave the way for sweeping processes of social transfer of knowledge which, in the long term, will ensure a higher degree of reciprocal knowledge for all peoples in the region. The programme will be developed in cooperation with University Institutes and high profile cultural and scientific bodies. It will involve international seminars involving public and private operators in the various sectors;
4. Creating a Multimedia Village which by means of multiple means of communication (Portal "Euromedi.net", Multimedia agency for information in the Mediterranean "Mednetwork", Virtual Museum of the Mediterranean, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Major Publishing Ventures of the Mediterranean) sets up a systematic encounter between Euromediterranean cultures and their diffusion worldwide (exploiting the technologies of digital convergence). All these facilities will be supplied by a Multidisciplinary department in which international workgroups of young people will collect, inventory, collate, translate and disseminate material concerning the evolution of the various expressions of Euromediterranean culture in the following spheres:
Cultural (historical and contemporary productions of literature, cinema-television, theatre, music, art-monuments, applied crafts);
Scientific (dissemination of analytic material prepared by the professional teams working on the Action Plans);
Institutional (evaluation of crisis scenarios);
Informative (extension of the offer of information in publications and video, to increase social awareness of the region).
The multimedia department will be able to call on contributions from the professional and scientific personnel working on the Action Plans and the large quantity of international relations which the permanent representatives and partnership network of the MdM will make constantly available.
Furthermore the MdM will adopt the model of the "network organisms of economic consultation-cooperation", matching this with ITC technologies in order to organize Euromediterranean markets in those areas of public economy in the hands of local authorities.
By fostering the competence which society attributes to women, training programmes will be developed to promote horizontal competence and the activation of cooperative leadership.