Bringing people together
The EU-Mediterranean partnership has put in place a number of social and cultural initiatives to bring people together and to encourage greater intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. Support has been given to programmes and projects that cover a range of themes including civil society engagement, cultural heritage, audio-visual presentation, youth work, media and gender equality.
Information and communication
The ENPI regional information and communication programme 2007-2010 targets 16 countries, the Southern neighbourhood partners and the Eastern European ones. Its main objective is to maximise awareness and understanding of the Partnership by promoting debate, dialogue and interaction.
This programme has 4 components:
- Training and networking of journalists through the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network (ENJN) project
- Media campaign support with the ENPI info Centre
- Research and survey
- Media activities: 12 projects with traditional and online media (regional and local media) targetting public in the southern neighbours (7 projects) and in the eastern neighbours (5 projects)
Since the Barcelona process was signed, key regional initiatives have been launched to strengthen intercultural dialogue between the European Union and its Mediterranean partners.
The Euromed Heritage programme was the first of its kind to focus on preserving and developing the two regions’ shared cultural heritage. Progress has been made through exchanges of experience and the transfer of know-how.
The Anna Lindh Euro-Med Foundation focuses on promoting dialogue and networking between cultures and is financed by all 35 members of the Euro-Med Partnership.
The Euromed Audiovisual II programme also aims to improve mutual understanding and generate new cultural ties. As well as promoting cooperaiton between audio-visual artists and technicians from both regions and fostering the broadcasting of cinematographic works from the Mediterranean partners and the EU, the programme seeks to encourage investment and job creation in the audio-visual sector.
Boosting gender equality
A Ministerial Conference, held in Istanbul in November 2006, examined ways to strengthen the role of women in society. The EU and its Mediterranean partners agreed on a comprehensive set of actions to promote women’s rights and gender equality.
Through a regional programme, the European Commission is helping to promote the participation of women in the economic life of the EU-Mediterranean region. Another programme is under preparation that will seek to enhance gender equality.
Focus on Youth and civil society
The Euro-Med Youth programme is designed to encourage mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue between young people. It promotes active citizenship and a sense of solidarity in young people from both regions.
Finally, the MED-PACT project encourages dialogue and cooperation between cities and civil societies to promote sustainable local development patterns.