"If our goal is a world in which peaceful coexistence reigns, cultural engagement on common ground is indispensable. Such encounters are possible especially in the Greater Mediterranean region allowing each culture to discover each other´s beliefs: Finland is one of the main actors in this process".

With these words Michele Capasso, president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo gave Erkki Tuomioja, the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the nomination for the “Mediterranean  Award for Diplomacy 2007” during the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Tampere (Finland). With this prize, Capasso underlined, the Fondazione Mediterraneo wanted to award “the important role of Finland in promoting the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue” as well as Tuomioja work encouraged by a “democratic pluralistic conception developed during a political and diplomatic experience of high importance.” Since its creation in 1995, the prize has been awarded to such prominent personalities as Kiro Gligorov, Hassan II of Morocco, Suzanne Mubarak, Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, Leah Rabin, the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyp Erdogan, Naguib Mahfouz and Juan Carlos I king of Spain.

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