The Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation confirmed the nomination of the Member of the French Parliament, Elizabeth Guigou, as President of the Anna Lindh Foundation after the six years mandate of President André Azoulay from 2008 to 2014.
Meeting in Barcelona, the Board also approved unanimously the Programme and Budget of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the next operational phase, presented by the Executive Director, Andreu Claret. The Foundation's Board is composed of the 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean, with the European Union and Arab League as observers.
Commenting on her appointment, Guigou underlined the importance of supporting civil society and the wider "Mediterranean community" in the region for striving a common future, and stressed taht that the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation was "more essential than ever" in the face of significant regional challenges.
She paid a 'special tribute' to Andre Azoulay, counsellor of the King of Morocco, 'who played - she said - a central role in making the Foundation a primary actor in the cooperation across the Mediterranean".
Elizabeth Guigou was born in Marrakesh, Morocco. She served as French Minister of European Affairs (1990-1993), and was elected in 1994 as a Member of the European Parliament. In 1997, she became member of the French National Assembly and was appointed as the first woman Minister of Justice (1997-2000) before being Minister of Employment (2000-2002).
She has been Regional councilor of the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Deputy-mayor of Noisy-le-Sec.
The Programme, financed by the European Union and the Governments of the Union for Mediterranean (UfM), is centered on promoting intercultural activities with a special focus on the role of youth and women. It underlines the role of the Social Networks of the Anna Lindh Foundation which are in charge of its implementation in the 42 countries of the UfM.