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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - network for dialogue among societies and culture - Moral Body monitored by the Italian Government and attended by Public Bodies and Local through its sections: ALMAMED, ACCADEMIA DEL MEDITERRANEO, EUROMEDCITY and ISOLAMED - is an international non-profit Organisation of Social Utility (Onlus) planned in 1991 by Michele Capasso and established in 1994 in Naples with the aim of promoting dialogue and peace in Mediterranean areas and all around the world. It includes specialists and internationally recognised scholars on the Mediterranean, politicians with international and diplomatic experience, and who have been involved in actions to promote dialogue and peace.

The Fondazione is composed by a Scientific Council and an International Committee.
President: Michele Capasso
Vice-President: Caterina Arcidiacono
Antonio Capuano
Scientific Director: Nullo Minissi
Delegate to institutional relations: Claudio Azzolini
President of the Scientific Council: Predrag Matvejević
President of the International Scientific Committee: Antonio Capuano

The Fondazione Mediterraneo is legally recognised by (Statute):

  • the Region of Campania, via decree n. 11315 of the 25/03/1997;
  • the Italian Ministry for Heritage and Cultural Activities, via their decree of 20/04/1999 (published in G. U. n. 113 of 17/05/1999).
  • Declarations n. 2228 of 18/05/1999 and n. 2079 of 17/11/2004 of the Region of Campania decreed it an «Institution of High Culture». States, regions, provinces, cities, local communities, institutions, universities and organisations of 38 Euro-Mediterranean countries – representing beyond 400 million citizens – have officially recognised the Fondazione.
  • the Prefecture of Naples with decree n.47554 of 17/03/2015 with which were approved the amendments to the Statute.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo began its action with an intense activity in favour of the people from ex-Yugoslavia – who suffered the biggest conflict in the heart of Europe after the Second World War - then it became a reference point to stimulate partnerships in an ever-more multicultural and globalised world, particularly among the Mediterranean, Europe and the Islamic world. It constitutes, with its partners and with its other offices (located in various countries) a Network for the dialogue among society and cultures. Further, it recognises that civil society within its member countries – including within local communities, universities, private organisations, professional orders, unions, NGOs, network associations, the media, etc. – is the key factor to progress regarding human rights, political security, culture, economy, science, sustainable development, and dissemination of information.

The Fondazione is dedicated to the realisation of a Greater Mediterranean, a concept both historical and strategic. It works in cooperation with the countries of the Middle East, the Gulf and the Black Sea in order to promote international understanding through the promotion of awareness of the social, cultural, and self-identification realities that exist in the Greater Mediterranean, encouraging closer interaction and highlighting shared interests in respect of fundamental human rights and equality between the genders. In particular, it develops human resources and intellectual cooperation in multidisciplinary fields.

During the last twenty years the Fondazione acted as an organization that is free from bureaucracy and in which every resource is invested directly in the field: the great number of partnership accords signed, and of partnerships with civil society and with institutions active in different projects - together with the actions realized (more than 3000 events in 41 Countries) - are indications of the high impact reached and of the concrete results achieved.

The Fondazione has established:

- The Maison de la Méditerranée

- The Maison des Alliances

- The Maison de la Paix

- Seats and Bureaux in Euromediterranean Countries

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  1. Felipe di Borbone
    Naples, 13th December 1997
  2. Mario Monti
    Naples, 13th December 1997
  3. Jacques Santer
    Brussels, 24th July 1998
  4. Romano Prodi
    Rome, 25th September 1998
  5. Moufid Shehab
    Cairo, 25th September 1998
  6. Cardinal Paul Poupard
    Vatican City, 27th September 1998
  7. Mario Soares
    Lisbon, 28th September 1998
  8. Juan Carlos I
    Palermo, 1st October 1998
  9. Catherine Trautmann
    Paris, 3th October 1998
  10. Nehad Abdellatif
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  11. André Azoulay
    Naples, 10th october 1998
  12. Claudio Azzolini
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  13. Wijdan Ali
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  14. Antonio Badini
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  15. Luigi Berlinguer
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  16. Enrico Cioffi
    Naples, 10th october 1998
  17. Josyanne Couratier
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  18. Biagio De Giovanni
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  19. Lamberto Dini
    Naples, 10th october 1998
  20. Giuseppe Drago
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  21. Victor Gaber
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  22. Kiro Gligorov
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  23. Vladimir Kouzminov
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  24. Mohamed Knidiri
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  25. Antonio Maccanico
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  26. Yehuda Millo
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  27. Mario Monti
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  28. René Novella
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  29. Marcelino Oreja
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  30. Chryssanthi Panayotopoulou
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  31. Shimon Peres
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  32. Cardinal Paul Poupard
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  33. Jordi Pujol
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  34. Fabio Roversi Monaco
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  35. Moufid Shehab
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  36. Mario Soares
    Naples, 10th October 1998
  37. Lamberto Dini
    Rome, 31st March 1999
  38. H.R.H. Abdallah Bin Hussein
    Amman, 9th April 1999
  39. Shimon Peres
    Tel Aviv, 9th April 1999
  40. Nehad Abdellatif
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  41. Ismail Alaoui
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  42. Abdarahmane Al-Yousoufi
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  43. Antonio Bassolino
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  44. Antonio Badini
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  45. Massimo Cacciari
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  46. Nino Daniele
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  47. Azouz Ennifar
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  48. Kiro Gligorov
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  49. H.R.H. Abdallah Bin Hussein
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  50. Jack Lang
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  51. Antonio Parlato
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  52. Shimon Peres
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  53. Juan Prat Y Coll
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  54. Toni Popovski
    Naples, 10th April 1999
  55. Guido De Marco
    Valletta, 16th July 1999
  56. H.R.H. Mohammed VI
    Rabat, 13th January 2000
  57. Ljubco Georgievski
    Skopje, 3th February 2000
  58. Shimon Peres
    Marseille, 6th July 2000
  59. Lamberto Dini
    Marseille, 6th July 2000
  60. H.R.H. Mohammed VI
    Rabat, 22nd June 2002
  61. Romano Prodi
    Brussels, 22nd June 2002
  62. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
    Rome, 11th July 2002
  63. Walter Schwimmer
    Naples, 14th march 2003
  64. Walter Schwimmer
    Strasbourg, 22nd April 2003
  65. Peter Schieder
    Strasbourg, 15th September 2003
  66. Pat Cox
    Strasbourg, 26th February 2004
  67. Romano Prodi
    Brussels, 14th June 2004
  68. Mokhtar Reguieg
    Naples, 23rd July 2004
  69. Gianni Letta
    Naples, 5th November 2004
  70. Walter Schwimmer
    Naples, 15th June 2005
  71. Giovanni Pellegrino
    Lecce, 10th January 2005
  72. Mario Oliverio
    Cosenza, 13th May 2005
  73. Habib Mansur
    Naples, 10th June 2005
  74. Alvaro Gil-Robles
    Naples, 11th June 2005
  75. Caterina Arcidiacono
    Naples, 20th June 2005
  76. Michele Capasso
    Naples, 21st June 2005
  77. Recep Tayyp Erdogan
    Naples, 2nd September 2005
  78. Mohammed Bedjaoui
    Naples, 28th February 2006



The Fondazione Mediterraneo:

- develops dialogue between society and cultures in order to affirm fundamental rights (civil and political freedom; and social, cultural and economic rights), democracy and justice pursuing ethical values and reciprocal morale of respect and of exploitation of the differences;

- is a tool for researching solutions to the problems that threaten peace through strategies of co-existence;

- is a means of cohesion in reaching a common management of the Greater Mediterranean, also working in coordination with the European Union’s Euro-Mediterranean policies (the Barcelona Process, the Politics of Neighbours, the Union for the Mediterranean, etc.) and that of UN (Alliances of Civilizations).

- facilitates the participation of civil society and institutional actors through networks, platforms, forums and other modes of communication encouraging partnerships in order to avoid duplication and consequent waste of resources. Therefore, the Fondazione also supports and develops already-existing organisms and activities, maximizing the effective use of financial and human resources and thus, consequently, results.


The Fondazione Mediterraneo is developing a work plan to accomplish the following:

1. Activities of network the branch offices of the Fondazione

2. Participation in the programs of the network to which the Fondazione belongs

3. Technical coordination-organizational of the main office

4. Coordination of the Maison de la Méditerranée, Maison des Alliances, Maison de la Paix-Casa Universale delle Culture

5. Management of the database

6. Management of the web site and portals

7. Management of the press bureau and of press reviews

8. Management of the library

9. Management of the spaces for lectures, seminars, meetings, workshop, shows and varied events of the headquarters/main office

10. Actions for international visibility

11. Construction of relations and institutional engagement with countries, institutions and associations of the Greater Mediterranean

12. Missions in the countries of the Greater Mediterranean and elsewhere

13. Organizations of meetings of high political cultural and scientific impact, with representatives of the states of the Greater Mediterranean (heads of state and government; ministers; ambassadors; presidents of regions, provinces and local community; university rectors, etc.)

14. Organization of the “Mediterranean Award”

15. Activities of training and of research

16. Publications of the Fondazione


Moreover, the Fondazione Mediterraneo is developing the following actions:

a – the direction of events, regarding initiatives conceived, realised and organised directly by the Fondazione (prizes, publications, advanced training programmes, workshops, seminars, lectures, concerts, shows, etc.)

b – The co-organisation of events, together with either partners within or of outside the Fondazione’s networks or of other networks to which the Fondazione belongs.

c – The support of events organised from outside of either partners within or of outside the Fondazione’s networks or of other networks to which the Fondazione belongs.

d – The accomplishment of broad projects, both autonomous in form and in response to local and international calls for proposals. (Among the projects realised by the Fondazione are: Cinemamed, Medina, Medpride, Intercultural Dialogue, Civil Forum Euromed, Master’s training in complexity and human ecology, Euromedcafé, Medpeace, etc).



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You can make payments directly to the bank account of the Fondazione:

BENEFICIARY: Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo
BANK: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Napoli Agenzia n. 23
BANK ACCOUNT: 107791.34
CAB: 03423
ABI: 01030
IBAN: IT 30 H 01030 03423 0000 1077 9134
Reason for payment: Donations to the Fondazione Mediterraneo for dialogue, peace and social solidarity activities.

You can support Fondazione Mediterraneo with donations of movable or immovable property. For more information you can contact us writing to:

Fondazione Mediterraneo
Via Depretis 130
80133 Napoli - Italy
tel +39 081 5523033
fax +39 081 4203273

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