MAISON DES ALLIANCES (EN)

The spreading of terrorism on a planetary scale, the stalemate of the peace-keeping process and the ecological risks impose concrete efforts to meet new challenges: political, cultural, economic, social and environmental ones.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has been concerned with these subjects, since 1994, working for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Union for the Mediterranean) and for the development of the relations between  Europe and the Arab World through actions aiming at promoting dialogue between the different cultures.

In order to strengthen relations and cooperation between Europe and the Arab World – especially at a moment when the global crisis and the increasing tensions in the Middle East risk to stop the dialogue started by social and institutional actors - it is indispensable to promote an organic reflection and to valorize the examples of good practices, so as to make the best use of the available resources.

For these reasons the Fondazione Mediterraneo – together with the League of the Arab States and other institutional partners from European and Arab World Countries - has decided to establish the Maison des Alliances,  whose  primary aim is to promote, in the global scene, the neighbourhood among the Peoples of Europe, of the Mediterranean and of the Arab World by dissemination of knowledge and of centuries-old historical-cultural  memories, in order to strengthen  community and solidarity feelings, as well as raising awareness of shared  values and interests.

On Tuesday 26 october 2011 in Naples – in the headquarter of FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO – MAISON DES ALLIANCES – took place the Jury’s Meeting for the assignment of Mare Nostrum Award 2011.
The contest, published by Grimaldi Lines, is reserved to professionals journalists, experts and media’s workers which in the period between 1° march to 15 september had published «at least one article about sea routes».

The contest, at the third edition, has a prize money of 50mila euro, 10mila for everyone of five winners.
The award prize «aims to value maritime routes on Mediterranean area, compared to other transportation, in particular the terrestrial ones. Supported by a clear strategy by European Commission, the so called Sea Highways for cargo traffic and passengers, are an extraordinary tool for social and economical cohesions for Shore countries».


Mare Nostrum Awards’ jury is head by Folco Quilici.Along with him, other important exponents from culture and journalism: Brahi Aouam, Tunisian Republic consolus in Naples, Vassiliki Armogeni, greek journalist from Efoplistis magazine, Michele Capasso, president of Fondazione Mediterraneo, Diana De Feo, Rai journalist , Enric Juliana, vicedirector of Spanish newspaper La Vanguard, Ship owners Ro/Ro, Virman Cusenza, director of the Naples newspaper “Il Mattino” .

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International intellectuals met to analyze the situation in Iran and to make proposals to politicians: this is the aim of the Maison des Alliances - created by Fondazione Mediterraneo in collaboration with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the Legue of Arab States and the Anna Lindh Foundation – in order to make “reflections” and “thoughts” as a reference for geopolitics. 

Coordinated by President Michele Capasso, the French Gilles Kepel, the PalestinianKhalil Abdelqader Issa, the Moroccan Youssef Jerrari, the Spanish Nicolas Roser and others intellectuals discussed the situation in Iran and proposed a document to send to politicians.

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