Euro-Arab Relations and Local Cultural Development
60 participants from 14 pays were present (Belgium, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Malta, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark) and discussed the specificities of the decentralized cultural partnership between Europe and the Arab world and how dynamics can be developed.
- In his introduction, Ferdinand Richard, president of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, suggested 5 concrete actions so that local authorities can fully play their part in the framework of this partnership;
- Alain Ruche, Senior Advisor on cultural matters in the Office of the Secretary General of the European Eternal Action Service (EEAS), gave indications that enabled participants to understand the new guidelines that the EEAS foresees for culture and cultural action;
- Marietje Schaake, MEP, presented her contribution to favouring Euro-Arab relations in a short video. She insisted that cultural cooperation is essential to connect with the younger generation in the Arab region.
Among many other speakers, Aadel Essaadani from Racines (Morocco), Mais Irqsusi from the Arab Education Forum (Jordan), Dr. Karsten Xuereb, coordinator of Valletta, European Capital of Culture 2018 and Chrystelle Lucas, from the European Commission’s Directorate General NEAR also took part in the discussions, providing valuable information on the specificities of the Euro-arab partnership.