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House of the Arab Maghreb

The Casa del MAGHREB ARABO is a place for dialogue in the heart of Naples and  it is open to all actors from civil society from Maghreb Arab countries. It carries out activities to promote the value of different cultures and knowledge by nurturing traditions, practices and customs so European and Maghreb Arabic peoples can grow closer to one another. Moreover, it facilitates cooperation between academic institutions and research centres so that knowledge can be continually updated and so that joint initiatives can be undertaken to overcome prejudice in addition to disseminating innovative thinking and scientific inventions.

Every year, the Casa del MAGHREB ARABO organizes the ARAB MAGHREB FORUM: a global event specially organized for the Maghreb Arab region, at which the cultural and environmental heritage and wealth of the Arab Maghreb countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia will be presented and publicized, thanks to the contribution of institutional partners.

Each year, the forum focuses on a specific country.

INCONTRO CON IL MINISTRO DEGLI ESTERI FRANCESE JEAN-MARC AYRAULT

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Il presidente Michele Capasso – a margine della riunione dei Ministri degli Esteri del Mediterraneo occidentale (5+5) - ha avuto un cordiale colloquio con il Ministro degli Esteri francese Jean-Marc Ayrault con il quale – quando era sindaco di Nantes – sono state svolte iniziative per il Mediterraneo e per i giovani insieme alla Fondazione Mediterraneo.
Il Ministro Ayrault ha condiviso la raccomandazione del presidente Capasso sulla necessità di agevolare la mobilità culturale per i giovani nel Mediterraneo e ha ribadito il suo personale impegno nella Conferenza stampa conclusiva.

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I MIGRANTI RISORSA PER I PAESI D’ACCOGLIENZA

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Nel corso del MED FORUM Alf di Marsiglia, il capofila della Rete italiana Michele Capasso ha coordinato i lavori su “Migranti: una nuova narrativa”, finalizzato a sollecitare un nuovo atteggiamento dei media nei confronti dei migranti per una narrativa del “positivo”.
Di notevole interesse la presentazione effettuata da Soren Bauer dell’International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMD).

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VIITH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo, which was the first observer member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, took part in the work of - and contributed its 20 years’ experience in building peace and dialogue to - the 7th Plenary Session of PAM. Moreover, the idea for PAM began in Naples in the headquarters of the Fondazione itself.

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MEETING WITH JORDANIAN PRIME MINISTER FAYEZ AL-TARAWNEH

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President Michele Capasso met with the Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Fayez Al-Tarawneh, with whom he analyzed the Syrian situation and Jordanian initiatives to host Syrian refugees. President Capasso delivered the Prime Minister a copy of the Appeal for Syria.

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"TERRE SONORE" FESTIVAL

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The "Terre Sonore" Festival took place in Minori under the patronage of the Casa del Maghreb Arabo and the Fondazione Mediterraneo and was dedicated to Tunisia.
The performance of the Tunisian singer Mbarka Ben Taleb was much appreciated.

President Capasso, the Mayor of Minori Minori Andrea Reale and the Tunisian Ambassador Naceur Mestiri spoke at the event.

 

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "CULTURE IL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE: ECONOMIC POTENTIAL”

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An international conference dedicated to the theme of “Culture and cultural heritage: economic potential” took place in Minori.

The keynote speech was given by Professor Adalgiso Amendola, lecturer in International Economics at the University of Salento.

Guests of honour  included H.E. Naceur Mestiri, Tunisian Ambassador in Rome, Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Hechmi Chatman, Representative of the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Investment, Abdelmalek Behiri, Representative of the Tunisian Tourist Office in Southern Italy.

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ALECSO’S ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF MICHELE CAPASSO

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The Director General of ALESCO, Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, presented  President Michele Capasso with  an Award from Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in acknowledgment of his action to promote dialogue in the Arab World”.

 

 

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VISIT TO THE NUNZIATELLA MILITARY ACADEMY

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Colonel Lo Monaco welcomed President Michele Capasso, Pia Molinari, the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union Habib Ben Yahia, the Director General of ALEASCO Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour and Tunisian Ambassador Naceur Mestiri with his consort Amel at the historic military academy.
Gifts were exchanged at the end of the visit.

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THE CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO IS INAUGURATED

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On 26 July 2012, the “CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO” was inaugurated in the historic building of the former “Grand Hotel de Londres”, currently the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo

This was a historic day for Italy and Euro-Maghreb dialogue.”. 
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and its members Pia Molinari, Caterina ArcidiaconoClaudio Azzolini and Vittorio di Pace welcomed participants to the event. Speeches were given by the Mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, the Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Uninon Habib Ben Yahia, the Director general of Alesco Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Algerian Embassy Mohamed Mellah, The Tunisian Ambassador Naceur Mestiri, the Moroccan Ambassador Hassan Habouyoub, the Mauritanian Ambassador Moctar Ould Dahi, representatives from Libya, representatives of the Consular Body of Naples, the Mayor of Andrea Reale, as well as dignitaries civil, military and religious institutions and the world of science and culture in Italy and Maghreb countries.

The Mayor of Naples spoke of the event as a “historic day for Naples” and the UAM General Secretary Ben Yahia stated that “the Casa del Maghreb Arabo would play a major role in relations between Italy, Europe and the Arab Maghreb”.

Among the many testimonies, the acting Vice President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella declared that “the Casa del Maghreb Arabo"  would given Naples a fundamental role in dialogue and cooperation in Italy and Europe. It was a major challenge but at the same time a unique opportunity for the Arab Maghreb and Europe”.
The Director General of ALESCO Mohamed El Aziz Ben Achour praised President Capasso for having taken on this challenge which he said would be shared by everyone to assert the values of knowledge, understanding and peace.

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THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ARAB MAGHREB UNION HABIB BEN YAHIA RECEIVES THE MEDITERRANEAN AWARD AT THE CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO

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At the Headquarters of the CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO -  130 Via Depretis, Naples – the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union Habib Ben Yahia received the “Mediterranean Award for Institutions”. 
Those attending included the Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris,  the Director General of Alesco Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Algerian Embassy Mohamed Mellah, The Tunisian Ambassador Naceur Mestiri, the Moroccan Ambassador Hassan Habouyoub, the Mauritanian Ambassador Moctar Ould Dahi, representatives from Libya, representatives of the Consular Body of Naples, the Mayor of Andrea Reale, as well as dignitaries civil, military and religious institutions and the world of science and culture in Italy and Maghreb countries.

President Michele Capasso, the Director of Institutional Relations Claudio Azzolini as well as board members Pia Molinari and Vittorio di Pace attended on behalf of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.
The Award, considered to be among the most prestigious at world level together with the Nobel Prize was presented to Ben Yahia with the following reason.

“Formerly the Minister  of Foreign Affairs in Tunisia, he was one of the protagonists of the Barcelona Process in 1995. Under his guidance, the Arab Maghreb Union has dedicated itself to resolving tensions in the Maghreb so that a climate of cooperation and understanding thrive, which is necessary  for co-development

This is why the Fondazione Mediterraneo together with the Accademia del Mediterraneo has awarded the Mediterranean Award for institutions to Habib Ben Yahia.

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