Valetta, 4 January 2016: The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) as the basis for a long-term programme of activity for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which builds on the existing partnership between the two Mediterranean institutions, focuses on reinforcing the central role of intercultural dialogue and cultural diplomacy as part of the renewed Euro-Med cooperation framework and EU Neighbourhood Policy. Specific areas of action include:
- An annual joint activity in Malta for cultural diplomacy which builds on the ALF's existing regional youth civil society network and MEDAC's alumni network of young diplomats
- The promotion of joint research activities and publications, and collaborative initiatives related to the Anna Lindh Foundation's Report on Intercultural Trends
- Coordination of strategic efforts in advocating on policies related to the social, human and cultural dimension of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and in relation to a new, more "people-centric" EU Neighbourhood Policy for the Southern Mediterranean
MEDAC will also play a central role for the preparation of the 3rd edition of the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum which will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valetta from 24th to 25th October 2016, on the eve of the Maltese Presidency of the European Council. The 2016 Anna Lindh Forum will represent the single, largest gathering on intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean, with civil society and institutions from all 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The Memorandum was co-signed in Valetta by the ALF Executive Director, Ambassador Atallah, and MEDAC Director, Professor Calleya, with the presence of Dr Joe Borg (Chairman of MEDAC Foundation and former EU Commissioner and Minister of Foreign Affairs), Paul Walton (ALF Head of The Executive Office), Dr Derek Lutterbeck (MEDAC Deputy Director), Dr Omar Grech (Co-coordinator of the Human Dimesion Programme), and Lourdes Pullicino (Lecturer in Media and Conflict Resolution).