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Regulations

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures (ALF)

and

Fondazione Mediterraneo (FM)

Have agreed on the following modifications to the Regulations of the Euro-Mediterranean Award for the Dialogue Between Cultures

Article 1 – The Award

The aim of the Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Award for Dialogue Between Cultures is to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations that have been at the forefront of promoting Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Each year, the Award will be dedicated to a specific theme, which will be chosen by the Euro-Med Award Committee in compliance with the Barcelona Declaration principles and the mission of the Foundation.

The following bodies will be in charge of all arrangements of the Award:

  • the Euro-Med Award Committee and
  • the ALF Secretariat.

Article 2 – The Euro-Med Award Committee

The Euro-Med Award Committee consists of:

The Jury

  • Three (3) independent persons of renown prestige working in the ALF priority fields of action and coming from the Euro-Med region.
  • The representatives of the Head of Network institutions of three (3) ALF member countries (two representing the North and one the South) according to a rotational system on a yearly basis.

The Jury shall have the following tasks:

  • Pre-selecting a list of a maximum of 3 candidates (short list) amongst nominations received from members of the National Networks and screened by the ALF Secretariat;
  • Selection of the winner among the three candidates in close collaboration with the Euro-Med Award Board through e-meetings;
  • Propose the theme for the next Euro-Med Award.

The Euro-Med Award Board consists of

  • The ALF Executive Director, and
  • The President of Fondazione Mediterraneo (FM)

The Board shall have the following tasks:

  • Choosing the annual theme of the Award after consultation with the ALF Head of Network institutions.
  • Choosing the members of the Jury.
  • In case of equal scoring among the 3 final candidates after the voting if the Jury, the Board shall have a quality vote to unblock the decision.

The ALF Secretariat shall have the following tasks:

  • Deciding on timetable and procedures of granting the Award;
  • Launching the call for nominations and ensure its visibility;
  • Screening all nominations submitted by the members and determining formal eligibility prior to the pre-selection by the Jury;
  • Deciding on the participation of winners in other activities of the ALF including activities of the National Networks and the FM.

Article 3 – Nominations

Nominating organisations will be requested to submit online their nomination proposals for the Award candidates

ALF members as well as non-ALF members are encouraged to nominate both ALF member and non-member organisations and individuals.

Article 4 – Selection Procedure

Procedures of nomination of candidates and election of winners will take place each year as follows:

  • The Board will choose the theme of the year;
  • The ALF Secretariat will launch the candidates’ nomination procedure among members of the National Networks.  The consultation will take place through the ALF portal;
  • Members and non-members of national Networks shall nominate candidates;

Based on the nomination proposals submitted by members of the national Networks as well as other non-member organizations, a preliminary screening of applications shall be done by the ALF Secretariat, in order to ensure that only relevant nominations and complete applications are retained;

  • The Jury shall prepare a short list of a maximum of 3 candidates to be submitted to the attention of the Euro-Med Award Board;
  • The Euro-Med Award Committee shall announce the results of the election by the October 2015.

Article 6 – Criteria for the Nomination of Candidates

Candidates of the Award must be based in one of the member countries of the Euro-Med Partnership.
Nomination proposals must include a C.V, a short video about the individual/organisation’s main activities related to the theme of the Award, and key reasons for the nomination, highlighting specific activities and achievements the candidate has achieved during the last three years in relation to the theme of the Award. A candidate can be proposed either as an individual or as representative of an organisation. Nominations can be done by ALF members and non-ALF members.

A nomination can be jointly presented by several ALF members of national Networks.

As “youth”, “women” and “minorities” are key target groups for ALF, special attention will be given to candidates who have actively worked with them. Winners of previous editions of Awards granted by the FM cannot be proposed as candidates.

Article 7 – Criteria for the Pre-Selection of Candidates

The short-list (up to 3 pre-selected candidates) will be drawn up by Euro-Med Award Committee among the nomination proposals received in compliance with eligibility criteria and according to the quality of their work, the quality of their candidature and the specific achievements relevant to the topic of the Euro-Med Award.

Article 8 – The Award

The winner shall receive a financial contribution of 5,000 EUR in recognition of their work in the field of Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Med region and a trophy, to be delivered by the Euro-Med Award Board in a bestowing ceremony.

Article 9 – Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony is taking place each year, in the course of the second semester. The winner will be invited to receive the Award during the Annual Head of Networks Meeting, or during any other prestigious event jointly organised by the ALF Secretariat and Fondazione Mediterraneo.

During the Award Ceremony, the winner will be invited to present the work for which he/she has been awarded, and a wide visibility will be ensured to the ceremony as well as to the winner’s work.