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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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THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ALESCO MOHAMED-EL AZIZ BEN ACHOUR RECIEVES 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 Director General of ALESCO Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour received the “Mediterranean Award for Culture”. 
Those attending included the Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, the Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Union Habib Ben Yahia, 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 Achour with the following reason.

 

“ALESCO is an intergovernmental organization that unites 22 countries from the League of Arab States. It was founded in 1970 and has its seat in Tunis.

Under the guidance of its current Director General Prof. Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, it has resolutely defended the values of culture, human dignity (freedom of the press, denouncing obscurantism, attacks against the dignity of man and the cultural heritage of humankind).

Its mission is equally that of valorizing Arab cultural identity and that of edifying global civilization.”

 

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“THE ARAB MAGHREB AND EUROPE” ROUND TABLE

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The First International Round Table took place at the Casa del Maghreb Arabo on the subject of “The Arab Maghreb and Europe”.
The speakers included: the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso  and members  Pia Molinari, Caterina Arcidiacono, Claudio Azzolini and Vittorio di Pace, the Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, Councillor at the Municipality of Naples Pina Tommaselli, the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union 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.

 

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“TERRE SONORE” PRESS CONFERENCE IN MINORI

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A press conference was held  at the Casa del Maghreb Arabo for the “Terre Sonore” event which will take place from 27-29 July.

The following people spoke:
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso
The Mayor of  Minori Andrea Reale
The Tunisian Ambassador to Italy Naceur Mestiri

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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 Arcidiacono, Claudio 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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MAGHREB AMBASSADORS VISIT THE "CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO"

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The Arab Maghreb Ambassadors Mohamed Mellah (Algeria), Naceur Mestiri (Tunisia), Hassan Habouyoub (Morocco), Moctar Ould Dahi (Mauritania) visited the “Casa del Maghreb Arabo" where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and members Claudio Azzolini, Pia Molinari, Vittorio Di Pace and  Caterina Arcidiacono.

On that occasion they signed the the Commemorative Pergamen together with the Mayor de Magistris and President Capasso, handing over their respective national flags that were raised on the roof of the "Casa del Maghreb Arabo".

 

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THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ALESCO MOHAMED-EL AZIZ BEN ACHOUR VISITS THE CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO

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Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, Direttore Generale dell’ALECSO (Organizzazione della Lega Araba per la cultura e l’educazione), ha visitato la "Casa del Maghreb Arabo".
In una dichiarazione rilasciata ai media a conclusione del soggiorno ha espresso il proprio compiacimento e il plauso per la "Casa del Maghreb Arabo" in nome dei Paesi aderenti alla Lega degli Stati Arabi.

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THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ARAB MAGHREB UNION BEN YAHIA VISITS THE “CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO”

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Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union and one of the most renowned Maghreb politicians was a guest at the “Casa del Maghreb Arabo".

In a press statement released at the conclusion of his visit, he expressed his appreciation for the uniqueness of the “Casa del Maghreb Arabo” , which is an essential instrument for cooperation between Italy, Europe and the Arab Maghreb.

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"MED IN NAPLES" IS INAUGURATED

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Il 26 luglio 2012, alle ore 17,30, il sindaco di Napoli Luigi de Magistris ed il presidente della Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso hanno inaugurato l'INFOPOINT "MED IN NAPLES": uno spazio informativo del Comune di Napoli e dell’intera regione – sito al piano terra dell’edificio dell’ex “Grand Hotel de Londres” (Via De Pretis, 128 Napoli) dove vengono presentate le eccellenze del territorio nei vari ambiti ed il programma “Saperi e Sapori del Mediterraneo”.
Sono intervenuti alla cerimonia il Segretario dell’Unione del Maghreb Arabo Habib BenYahia, il Direttore Generale Alecso Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, il Ministro Pl. dell’Ambasciata d’Algeria Mohamed Mellah, l’Ambasciatore di Tunisia Naceur Mestiri, l’Ambasciatore del Marocco Hassan Habouyoub, l’Ambasciatore di Mauritania Moctar Ould Dahi, i rappresentanti della Libia, del corpo consolare di Napoli, il Sindaco di Minori Andrea Reale (che ha diffuso i prodotti eccellenti della “Costa d’Amalfi”), autorità civili, militari e religiose, esponenti del monto scientifico e culturale dell’Italia e dei Paesi del Maghreb.

 

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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S ACTING VICE PRESIDENT, GIANNI PITTELLA, RECEIVES THE MEDITERRANEAN AWARD AT THE CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO

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At the seat of the CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO in Via Depretis, 130, Naples, the acting Vice President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, MEP, received the “2012 Mediterranean Award for Institutions”. President  Michele Capasso, the Director of Institutional Relations, Claudio Azzolini and Board MEmber, Roberto Caselli attended on behalf of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.
This award is acknowledged to be one of the most prestigious international awards alongside the Nobel Prize and was awarded to Pitella “for having contributed through his actions to the reaffirmation of the founding values of the European Union, based on a confederation of States and capable of forming  common policies”.
Vice President Pitella had a preview visit to the seat of the ASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO – to be inaugurated on 201. Ambassadors and other leading figures from the 5 interested countries will be attending: Algeria,  Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania.
“This is an important initiative at such a political and historical time”, he declared, “because it gives Naples and Italy and essential role in building dialogue and cooperation. It represents a huge challenge but at the same time it is a unique opportunity for the Arab Maghreb and for Europe.
Thanks to the support of politicians and leading personalities from the worlds of culture and science, as well as the twenty-year experience of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Naples will become a centre and a space for dialogue and Euro-Maghreb cooperation”.

 

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VICE PRESIDENT PITTELLA MAKES A PREVIEW VISIT TO THE CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR EUROPE

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The acting Vice President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, MEP, together with President Michele Capasso and Claudio Azzolini, MP, had a preview visit to the CASA DEL MAGHREB ARABO, which will be officially inaugurated on  26 July 2012, Among others, the opening ceremony will be attended by  the Ambassadors of 5 interested countries: Algeria,  Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania.
“I am amazed by the work carried out by President Michele Capasso, exclaimed the Vice President, because it gives Naples, Italy and Europe an essential role in dialogue and cooperation. It is a major challenge but at the same time it is a unique opportunity for the Arab Maghreb and for Europe. With the support of politicians, male and female personalities from the world of culture and science, who have been collaborating with the Fondazione Mediterraneo for more than twenty years. Naples will become a centre and a space for dialogue and Euro-Maghreb cooperation”.

Pittella commented on the noteworthy book in the following manner: “Backing Euro-Mediterranean future both necessary and essential for both shores despite being difficult, critical and impervious.
Many mistakes have been made including by we Europeans. Numerous difficulties continue to persist notwithstanding the fact that the Arab Spring has laid down the political and social conditions for strengthening cooperation in every field and for launching a Euro-Mediterranean community policy and in relation to which the Arab Maghreb constitutes and fundamental pillar.
We need to believe in this and fight for its with all our might as people like President Michele Capasso have been doing in a determined and coherent manner for years”.

 

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