2017 (EN)

The Fondazione Mediterraneo - president and co-founder Michele Capasso, vice-president Caterina Arcidiacono, head of the institutional traps Claudio Azzolini, members of the Board of Directors and the International Scientific Committee, directors of the Almamed Autonomous Sections, Mediterranean Academy, Isolamed, Labmed and Euromedcity, heads of the branch offices and friends of the Foundation - greets Predrag Matvejevic’ with a heartbeat.
The friend, colleague, writer, essayist, intellectual and dissident Predrag Matvejevic died at the age of 84 in the hospital in Zagreb where he had been admitted for some time.
He has been a committed man from the point of view of human rights Predrag, as well as university lecturer: he has always fought for peace and dialogue between peoples, especially, of course, for those in the Balkans.
Born in Mostar when the city was part of Yugoslavia (then it would become Bosnia-Herzegovina), he also lived in Italy (from 1994 to 2008), where he taught Slavistica at Sapienza of Rome from 1994 to 2007. Previously he had been lecturer in French Literature at the University of Zagreb and in literature compared to the New Sorbonne-Paris III. He had emigrated to France in 1991.
He was a consultant for the Mediterranean in the Group of Wise Men of the European Commission during the Prodi Presidency and among the ideologists of the "Anna Lindh Foundation"; vice-president of the PEN International Club of London; co-founder and president of the scientific committee of our Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo (now the Mediterranean Foundation) with headquarters in Naples.
For his work as a writer he has received numerous awards in Italy and abroad, including the Malaparte Prize in 1991, the European Witch Prize in 2003 and the Prix du Meilleurlivreétranger 1993 in Paris. The French government gave him the Legion of Honor, the President of the Italian Republic awarded him Italian citizenship and the title of Commendatore of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.
Among his most important works are: "Mediterranean breviary" - translated into various languages - "Sarajevo","A Curse Europe," our bread ".
The Fondazione Mediterraneo has published several books by its co-founder: among them there are "Diary of a war","On the identities of Europe","The Mediterranean and Europe".
President Capasso, moved, remembers his brother, friend and intellectual with whom he has shared so many battles for over 25 years: for peace, for dialogue, for freedom, for social justice; from the Appeal for Peace in former Yugoslavia to those for Palestine, Syria, Kosovo…