The MEDEA Institute is an European research center whose primary purpose is to build relationships of trust, cooperation and mutual understanding between EU countries and their Mediterranean and Arabic neighbours.
Its work conists in developing a network of continuous dialogue between politicians, economists and academics, and in making available to the general public, information relating to relations that Europe has with its southern neighbours.
In practice, four types of activities are the specificity of the Institute’s work.
The first concerns the organization of different types of events such as:
- conferences to inform the general public on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab relations and on the news in Arab and Muslim countries;
- symposia and workshops that can be achieved in relatively small get-together and are intended to deepen a specific problem;
- informal meetings between different actors of the Mediterranean and Euro-Arab relations (officials, diplomats, businessmen, etc..) organized in order to increase the regularity of contacts and reduce the risk of misunderstandings and mutual incomprehension.
The second type of activities consists in providing information to the general public via the website of the Institute – including 1800 pages – and by writing articles published in periodicals outside the Institute.
The third type of activities lies in the consultancy service proposed in various forms:
- Interviews given to the media;
- Research and analyses conducted at the request of one third;
- Setting contact with different actors of the Mediterranean and Euro-Arab relations ;
- Put MEDEA’s network of contacts at disposal to find experts and speakers.
- Management of the Secretary of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly: www.acimedit.net.
Head of the Belgian network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) promotes intercultural exchanges and joint projects between civil society in the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. By its creation in 1995, each government indicated in his own country a lead responsible for developing a network of organizations working to promote intercultural dialogue. From 1 January 2013, the MEDEA Institute (European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab) officially replaces the King Baudouin Foundation as leader for the Belgian network. This network brings together organizations working around education, culture and media.