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.


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During a meeting at the Maison des Alliances, attended by personalities from the world of politics, diplomacy, arts and culture, as well as the armed forces, the architect Vittorio di Pace defined the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, as a modern superhero for having dedicated part of his life, profession and his own resources to promoting peace and dialogue among peoples.


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A delegation from the Afcea International – the body that brings together 34,000 institutions in the world of security – led by its President, Kent Schneider was received by the Maison des Alliances and welcomed by  President Capasso.
President Schneider expressed his personal appreciation for the goals of the Maison.

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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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The main thematic areas, grouped under the name of “Alliance”, to be discussed during periodical annual meetings, are the following:

 - Alliance for security and  peace

 - Alliance among civilizations and cultures

 - Alliance for philosophical, philological and literary advanced training

 - Alliance for the inter-religious dialogue

 - Alliance for education and training

 - Alliance for the rights

 - Alliance for the environment

 - Alliance for women

 - Alliance for youth

 - Alliance among regions, cities and local communities.

 - Alliance for the well-being and the quality of life

 - Alliance for sustainable co-development

 - Alliance for  emigration and immigration problems

 - Alliance of living arts (theatre, music, visual  arts, cinema, etc.)

 - Alliance for the conservation and development of cultural heritage