The ACM Foundation prepares a presentation of its initiatives in the European Parliament

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The ACM Foundation delegation composed by the president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés, the director, Lola Bañon and the member of the FACM Advisory Council, Geoffroy d’Aspremont have held for four days (from 4 to June 8) a round of meetings and visits with the heads of the main European and Mediterranean institutions in Brussels. The president Garcés has held meetings with the president of the delegation of the European Parliament for relations with the Maghreb, Inés Ayala; as well as with the chief diplomatic officer of the League of Arab States in Brussels, Ambassador Abdelhamid Zehani ; the permanent ambassador of the African Union to the European Unión; Ahmad Awad Sakine, François Massoulié, one of the European Parliament’s foreign policy representatives, and Gudrun Niedorf, foreign relations coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) by the Committee of the Regions , among others. With the focus on the promotion the citizen participation in peace and stability process in the region, as well as the implementation of lines of collaboration with the African Union, the FACM prepares a presentation of its initiatives in the European Parliament in the coming months.

The president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés, has had a meeting with the president of the delegation of the European Parliament for relations with the Maghreb, Inés Ayala. The MEP, Inés Ayala, has shown an interest in the functioning of the MCA circles as vehicles for the expression of citizenship. The FACM prepares a presentation of its initiatives in the European Parliament in the coming months.
The Permanent Ambassador of the African Union to the European Union, Ahmad Awad Sakine, has received in Brussels the FACM Delegation. In the cordial meeting, they have exchanged views on some of the problems that affect the Mediterranean countries such as migratory flows, the conflicts that shake the region and economic and social inequalities. This meeting marks the future relationship between the FACM and the Economic and Social Council of the African Union begin to be established.
A ACM Foundation delegation, formed by Geoffroy d’Aspremont, member of the FACM Advisory Council, Lola Bañon, Director and the President, Vicent Garcés, has participated in a seminar on the fight against violent extremism. At the meeting organized by the IeMed and the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels, a report on the causes of jihadism and an approach to possible solutions was presented.
The representative of the European Trade Union Confederation for International Affairs, Daniele Basso, has had a meeting with the president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés in Brussels. During the meeting, were exchanged ideas about the different socio-labor realities existing in the Mediterranean and the need to bring them closer to the recommendations of the ILO (International Labor Organization).
The FACM has held a meeting in Brussels with the European Fondation Center. This organization brings together many of the most important European and international foundations. At the meeting the perspective of the incorporation of the FACM into this network has been contemplated and experiences of mutual interest have been exchanged.
The FACM visited in Brussels the headquarters of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and held a meeting with Mr. Georges Henry Carrard, manager of the Mediterranean section of the EESC. The President of the FACM, Vicent Garcés, has presented the new structure of the Foundation and for future collaborations, especially in the field of education and training, fields in which their action projects coincide.
The head diplomat of the League of Arab States in Brussels, Ambassador Abdelhamid Zehani, has received the president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés. Both have agreed that it is necessary to reinforce the citizen spirit and the bonds between the peoples of the Mediterranean to promote the ideas of peace and shared prosperity.
The president of the ACM Foundation, Vicent Garcés, met with Mario Morettini and Sandrine D’Hoedt, representatives of the European External Action Service. Accompanied by the member of the Advisory Council of the FACM, Geoffroy d ‘Aspremont, they have raised the possible ways of collaboration, especially on issues related to citizen participation, one of the poles of action shared by both the EU External Action and the FACM.
The president of the ACM Foundation, Vicent Garcés, met with Loic Llallemand, head of the action unit with civil society and foundations of the General Directorate for Cooperation and Development. The FACM has presented the conclusions of the VII Meeting held in Casablanca and they discussed some of the issues that also occupy this community department: youth, gender, radicalization and migration.
The President of the FACM has met with Gudrun Niedorf, coordinator of external relations of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) by the Committee of Regions. Both entities maintain their usual collaboration recently expressed with the presence of President Garcés at the last ARLEM Meeting held in Cairo / Egypt. There, the FACM presented the conclusions of its VII Meeting held in Casablanca in November 2017.
François Massoulié, one of the responsible for the external policies of the European Parliament, has received in Brussels a representation of the FACM. During the visit, the possibilities of complementing efforts on particularly sensitive issues such as the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean were analyzed, an issue in which the FACM is very seriously involved. Thus, next week Vicent Garcés will head in Rome a delegation of the FACM that will participate in the launching of the Euro-Mediterranean Movement of solidarity with persons in situation of exile.