Anna Lindh Foundation||Italian Network

Italian Network of the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

The "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF) is a unique organization established by European Union and Mediterranean Partner Countries in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is a network of networks of Civil Society organizations and Institutions (University, Local Collectivities, etc.).

 

The Fondazione Mediterraneo is Head of the Italian Network

Our role is to act as a connection among the different members of the network that actively participate in the promotion of dialogue among cultures, in order to implement the visibility and the action of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, both at national and international level.

 


 

The members of the Italian parliament Stefania Covello and Assunta Tartaglione, during the visit to the Fondazione Mediterraneo and to the "Documentation Center of the Anna Lindh Foundation", expressed appreciation for the activity carried out, in particular for the interventions of "Kimiyya" by signing the manifesto produced by the participants in September 2017 in defense of women's rights.

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The Minister for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dario Franceschini, during the visit to the Fondazione Mediterraneo and to the "Documentation Center of the Anna Lindh Foundation", expressed appreciation for the activity carried out, in particular for the interventions of "Kimiyya" by signing the manifesto produced by the participants in September 2017 in defense of women's rights.

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The juries made up of members of the 42 National Networks of the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded the "Euromed Award 2017" to the association "INTERNATIONAL BAND", an organisation based in Germany.
The ceremony was held in Tallinn (Estonia) at the “Estonian Film Museum “ with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Award was given by the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Hatem Atallah, and the President of the Mediterranean Foundation, Michele Capasso. The Award is representative of the action of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Fondazione Mediterraneo in promoting an alternative to extremism and terrorism in the societies of the North and South of the Mediterranean.
During the ceremony, the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo recalled the importance of the commitment to migrants and gave to the winners the work of Mario Molinari “TOTEM OF PEACE”.
This year's Euromed Award recognized the best initiatives aimed at encouraging refugees to be welcome as actors for intercultural dialogue.
The Jury of the prize is composed of representatives of ALF networks and famous personalities in the field of migration: among them Giusy Nicolini, former mayor of Lampedusa and UNESCO Peace Prize.
Launched in 2006 by the Fondazione Mediterraneo as part of the "Mediterranean Award", the Euro-Med Dialogue Award has reached its eleventh edition. Organizations working in the cultural and artistic field have been rewarded in the past, as well as initiatives that address the challenges of interculturality by pathways such as peaceful conflict resolution and sustainable environment. Among the people who received the Prize, Father Paolo Dall'Oglio of the Syrian Monastery Mar Musa, winner of the first Anna Lindh Euro-Med Award, kidnapped in Syria since 2013 and whose murder is announced these days: President Capasso has turned a thought for his great friend.
On this occasion, the 10 years of the Prize were retraced and its conception was remembered during the "Euromed Civil Forum" in Naples.

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Was held in Tallin (Estonia) on 13 and 14 December 2017, the 16th Meeting of the Lead Leaders of the ALF National Networks.
They were discussed on this occasion:

  • Objectives and Strategies for the new ALF phase with the networks involved.
  • Network development and analysis of the European Commission document on the following main points:
    • Increased direct involvement of ALF members in Foundation programs by avoiding that most of the resources available to support members and their work remain exclusively in the hands of Lead Partners (HoN).
    • Increased horizontal and internal communication to date limited.
    • Definition of common rules for the designation of national network Lead Lead Partners.
    • Insufficient knowledge of ALF members, their work and potential.
    • More space for civil society in the management of national networks.
    • Review and reform of network management in the light of evaluations by the European Commission.

The meeting was preceded by a meeting between President Capasso and Professor Arcidiacono (official delegates by the majority of the members of the Italian Network to represent them at the Tallinn Meeting) with President Guigou and Executive Director Atallah: on this occasion the situation of the Italian Network and the considerable documentation produced (last parliamentary question of 12.12.2017) was analysed. The common hope is that there will be a rapid solution along the lines of other networks (in particular Turkey) in order to guarantee the legitimate democratic representativeness specifically required by the European Treaties and the regulations that the European Commission imposes on the ALF as its main donor.
On this occasion, Tunisia's lead partner Anis Boufrika presented, on behalf of all, an award to the Executive Director Atallah that at the end of the year, leaves ALF.

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Brussels, 6 December - Winners of the 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Awards were announced by HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan at the International Bestowing Ceremony that took place in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The event brought together the Mediterranean Journalist Awards Alumni, young leaders from across the Euro-Med region and civil society and international organization representatives.
The Winners of the 10th Edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Awards were selected during the Jury Members meeting that took place on the same day. Princess Rym Ali headed the International Jury committee of the 2017 Awards: Naglaa Emary, media expert; Gisele Khoury, President of the Samir Kassir Foundation; Robert Parsons, Senior editor at France 24; Paola Parri, Deputy Secretary General of COPEAM; Michael Thoss, Allianz of Civilization; and Boyko Vassilev, Bulgarian National Television.

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