Anna Lindh Euromediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures

Anna Lindh Euromediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures

The Foundation was formed on the initiative of the European Commission and the EUROMED Committee (Euro-Mediterranean Partnership) as part of the so called Barcelona Process, which was initiated during the EU Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Barcelona in November 1995. The Barcelona Declaration which was signed then sets forth the primary objectives of the Barcelona Process, namely: economic, political and cultural integration of the European Union countries with the Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Autonomy, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, and Libya – observer status); political and economic stabilisation of the region; development of a civil society in this part of the world; promotion of cultural collaboration and intercultural dialogue.

The idea to form the Foundation was born in 2002 during the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Foreign Ministers Conference in Valencia. During the meeting in Dublin, in May 2004, the decision was taken to confer on the Foundation the name of the tragically-deceased Foreign Minister of Sweden, Anna Lindh. The Foundation was officially inaugurated on 1 November 2004, with organisational support from the Swedish Institute, with headquarters at the Alexandria Library. Traugott Schöfthaler became its Executive Director. On 11 and 12 November 2004 in Brussels – during the meeting of national network leaders with the Executive Director and the EUROMED Committee – the Statutes and the budget of the organisation were passed.

The task of the Foundation is to further cultural and intellectual exchange, defined in the widest possible terms (including projects initiated by the Foundation), with the participation of journalists and young people representing both coasts of the Mediterranean Sea; to provide patronage to selected events and promote the achievements of the Barcelona Process. Also postulated are activities contributing to the mobility of artists and people active in cultural fields, to promote the idea of a civil society, respect for the rules of democracy, human rights and equal access to culture. The Foundation’s activity should not overlap with regional programmes that are already underway, e.g. Euromed Heritage, Euromed Audiovisual or UNESCO programmes.

According to its Statutes, the Foundation – being independent of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership countries – is to act as a “network of networks”, a platform for exchanging information between the national networks of institutions active in cultural cooperation.

The International Cultural Centre was designated Polish network coordinator by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first meeting was held on 24 November 2004 in Krakow.

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