Casa del Maghreb Arabo (EN)

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.

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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