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The alarm has rang for a Transition in Food and Agricultural. Wake up!


09 February 2018

The Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly Foundation (FACM) encourages its members to work with a Transition in Food and Agricultural sustainable, and to publicise their commitments at national and international events.


To sign to declaration please write to>   secretariat@fundacionacm.org

MCA Fondation 2017 summary


We are hiring: The MCA Foundation opens a call to hire a Technical Director


The MCA Foundation opens a call to hire a Technical Director

The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) is a network that promotes the citizen dialogue, proposals and actions. The MCA Foundation is a private foundation under Spanish legislation with presence in 20 Mediterranean countries with the common objective of promoting a culture of dialogue, mutual respect and recognition of diversity within the region.

The MCA Foundation encourages democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, as well as environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean and it is committed to the emergence of a Mediterranean Community of Peoples.

(More about MCA Foundation:  www.fundacionacm.org).













APPLICATION DEPOSIT:  to apply, send a motivation letter and your CV to secretariat@fundacionacm.org

Deadline for applications: August 31, 2019

ACM Foundation joins the statement with other 100 organisations to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe



Over 100 independent organisations, including ACM Foundation are calling the new European Commission to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe in a joint statement published today.

The organisations are calling the European Commission and its newly elected head Ursula Von der Leyen to reform the EU Facilitation Directive, which currently allows Member States to criminalise humanitarian aid.

In particular, the signatories wrote:
“Most investigations and formal prosecutions are related to the vague definition of crime in the EU Facilitation Directive which fails to properly distinguish between human smuggling and humanitarian work. But the European Commission has been reluctant to consider the links between the EU Facilitation Directive and the criminalisation of solidarity” The statement also refers to a recent study by the European research platform ReSOMA which found at least 158 Europeans have been criminalised for their help towards migrants since 2015.

The signatories wrote:
“The targets include volunteers, activists, NGOs, crew members of rescue ships, migrants’ family members, and also journalists, mayors and priests. The recent arrest of the Sea Watch 3 captain, Carola Rackete, is just the latest example of how people are being blamed for saving migrants’ lives and providing the humanitarian assistance which Member States are unwilling or unable to provide, despite being obliged to according to international and EU law.”


Track record of the 2019 edition: Citizens engagement of young people in the Mediterranean day


Track record of the 2019 edition. In figures: 200 participants in France and 2000 in the Mediterranean, 10 countries, 25 beaches. Launched in 2014, the” Atelier des Jeunes Citoyens de la Méditerranée (AJCM”) stands up for s collective action of young people committed to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea. Supported by the FACM, this year’s event brings together the MCA circles of Beirut, Tirana, Podgorica, Marseille, Rabat, Casablanca, Larache and Tunis

 Track record AJCM 2019




The ACM Foundation presented on June 27, at 7:00 pm, in Museum of History of Valencia (MhV), the GUIDE: “A PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSION BY REFUGEE PEOPLE”, publication that is part of the project” Education in human rights, as a tool for the inclusion of refugee people”.

It is a publication of a propositive nature that includes good inclusion practices from the perspective of the refugees themselves who have participated in the project, and which can be used by public administrations, civil organizations and institutions, among others.
The initiative has the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.

In this “guide” those who have the leading role and the word are those who usually never have it: the refugees. For this, the methodology for the preparation of the publication is based on the participatory perspective. Based on the orientation of specialized entities, the ACM Foundation formed a team of 14 refugee persons following criteria such as parity, geographic diversity and situations. Subsequently, through interviews and discussion meetings, the group was shedding the conclusions of this guide. It has been essential the collaboration of experts in migration, as well as representatives of the main organizations (CAR-Mislata, CEAR, Red Cross, UNHCR, UNRWA, Universitat de València and others), who have provided their orientation and knowledge.

Summit of the Two Shores: commitments for a new ambition in the Mediterranean


On June 23 of 2019 in Marseilles, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 5+5 Dialogue States (France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) signed the “Commitments for a new ambition in the Mediterranean” in order to implement the projects the civil society suggested and provide a collective response to the common challenges in the Mediterranean.


We are convinced that what unites our two shores is greater than what divides them. We wish to propose a positive agenda for the Mediterranean and promote it as a sea of all opportunities. Faced with today’s multiple transitions, including in the political, climate, economic and digital fields, we are urgently driven to help inspire a generation united in response to transnational challenges. We are committed to the same values, including tolerance and gender equality. We wish to share our best practices in governance, community and good-neighbourly relations

Read the Declaration 

Mostra Viva selected among cultural reference projects during the Summit of the two shores in Marseille


The Mostra Viva del Mediterrani Festival , sponsored by the ACM Foundation, has been selected as one of the cultural projects of reference in the Mediterranean area and as a model to follow. It is decided during the “Summit of the two shores” celebrated last week in Marseille.
The network is made up of ten countries in the Mediterranean basin and the Mostra Viva project was chosen between more than 200 initiatives presented.
This was announced by the Honorary President of Mostra Viva and President of the ACM Foundation, Mr. Vicent Garcés and Mostra Viva President, Maria Colomer.

Sandra Figuerola is inspired by Greek muses for the graphic line of this edition that will take place in Valencia (5 to 20 October) with a cultural offer focused on the all countries from the Mediterranean basin. This event, organized since 2013 is sponsored by ACM Foundation.




Valencia, June 1, 2019

The Advisory Board of the MCA Foundation met on May 31 and June 1, 2019 in Valencia. The Board paid a sincere tribute to its honorary member, the writer Paul Balta, who has unfortunately left us.

The Advisory Board updates its 10-year-old Founding Charter. In a decade, the MCAF has become a key player in citizen’s action in the Mediterranean.

The Advisory Board is worried, following the renewal of the European Parliament, about the rise of racism, xenophobia and extreme rights in European societies. The members of the Advisory Council express their concern about the political and social evolution in the Mediterranean. Too often, the issue of security exceeds individual freedoms and human rights.

The Advisory Board supports the defence of civilians in accordance with international law in Libya and Syria, and the peaceful resolution of regional crisis. It notes with interest the progress of the democratic process in Tunisia, which will hold in the coming months its second general, legislative and presidential elections. Tunisia is therefore completing its electoral cycle and finalizing the establishment of its constitutional institutions.

The Advisory Board strongly welcomes the mobilization of the Algerian population within a national, peaceful, transgenerational and mixed political movement that demonstrates the will of the Algerian people to take control over their destiny. It expresses its support to all parties involved in a peaceful transition in accordance with the rule of law. With regard to the Palestinian question, the Board reaffirms that the solution must be linked to international law which guarantees the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the creation of their state with East Jerusalem as its capital. It expresses its concern about the authoritarian drift and the lack of respect for human rights in Egypt.

The Advisory Board supports peace and democratic culture in all Mediterranean states in order to avoid the return or advent of obscurantism or authoritarian abuses.

Despite the environmental emergency in the Mediterranean, the Advisory Board notes the absence of real measures to promote sustainable development, nature conservation, ecological and agri-food transition and the handling of climate refugees. The Board demands respect for the right to freedom of expression, association and demonstration without criminalizing social movements that claim these rights or citizen solidarity with migrants.  Finally, it calls for additional public resources to facilitate the inclusion and freedom of movement of people with disabilities, both in public infrastructure and in the labour market.

The Board welcomes the recent establishment of MCA circles in Barcelona and Sarajevo and the relaunch of the MCA circle of Beirut. From now on, the MCA network includes twenty-eight citizen circles in twenty-one countries and contacts are underway in Amman to create a new circle. The Advisory Board is delighted to welcome the Bosnian intellectual Ibrahim Spahic as an honorary member.

The Advisory Council welcomes and supports the initiative of the MCA Circle of Naples to organise the symposium “Mediterranean Heritage and Citizenship” to be held in Naples on October 4 and 5. The Council is preparing the 8th meeting of the MCA “The Great Convention on Youth in the Mediterranean”, which will be held in Barcelona on November 7-10, 2019.


ACM Foundation Newsletter for May:
Constitution of the ACM Circle of Sarajevo
FACM Advisory Council Meeting in Valencia
Barcelona, UfM Regional Forum on youth in the Mediterranean
Upcoming book presentations

Read more news and information on ACM Fondation here

Ricard Pérez Casado: “the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina must be more proactive and not wait for events or incidents”


Ricard Pérez Casado*, quién fuera administrador de la Unión Europea para Mostar -cargo que tomó en abril de 1996- ha visitado recientemente la ciudad junto con los miembros de la Fundación Asamblea de Ciudadanos y Ciudadanas del Mediterráneo (FACM) y su presidente, Vicent Garcés, invitados por el Centro para la Paz y la Convivencia Multiétnica.

En esta visita, Casado y Garcés, junto a la delegación de la Fundación ACM, del Centro para la Paz y la Convivencia Multiétnica y de la asociación Círculo de Mostar realizaron un paseo simbólico por la ciudad que concluyó en el Puente Viejo. Desde lo alto del puente la Delegación lanzó unas rosas en respeto y memoria de todas las víctimas del último conflicto en Bosnia y Herzegovina.

El embajador Casado ha hablado para nuestro portal sobre su experiencia en el cargo y los resultados de su Misión en Mostar. Ha recordado los tiempos en los que, inmediatamente después de la guerra, en el año 1996 se celebraron las primeras elecciones en Mostar, mostrando su inquietud porque la ciudad lleve una década sin poder elegir a sus poderes locales.

Autor: Alija Behram. Vijesti.ba (leer en versión original)

Señor Casado, desde l distancia temporal ¿cómo ve su mandato de administrador de la UE para Mostar? Su cargo arrancó en abril de 1996, en un periodo muy temprano de posguerra, caracterizado por una paz muy volátil, repleto de tensiones políticas, de desconfianzas e inseguridad.

Las elecciones del 30 de junio de 1996, libres y transparentes, en paz y sin incidentes, que era el núcleo central del encargo del Consejo de Ministros de la UE y cuyos resultados no fueron objetados por ninguna parte. Este fue el primer ejemplo de ejercicio democrático del derecho al voto tras los sucesivos conflictos en BiH.

Sentar las bases para la recuperación de la actividad económica, con su consecuencia de recuperación de la normalidad en el empleo y su incidencia en la normalidad para los trabajadores y las familias.

El restablecimiento del transporte público urbano, y la conexión con las infraestructuras de transporte, autobuses, ferrocarriles. O la recuperación de los saltos sobre el Neretva (julio de 1996) como ejemplo de normalidad, así como la celebración de actos culturales en colaboración con ONG y organizaciones sociales locales.


¿Está satisfecho con los resultados de su Misión? ¿Cuáles son sus mejores recuerdos?

En general la Misión fue exitosa. La satisfacción personal de las relaciones con todas las comunidades de la ciudad y sus representantes que constituyen el mejor de mis recuerdos.

¿Sigue la situación actual de Mostar? ¿Cómo califica el hecho de que hayan transcurrido 10 años sin que los ciudadanos de Mostar hayan podido celebrar elecciones y elegir a sus representantes municipales?

Mi compromiso fue y es firme. Por supuesto sigo la actualidad de Mostar, y de BiH, en la medida que tengo acceso a la información mediática y a la permanencia de relaciones con actores locales. El Centro para la Paz es uno de ellos, y lo he demostrado en diversas visitas, incluso con la entrañable de 2016 en que fui parte del homenaje a personas e instituciones que contribuimos, en mi caso modestamente, a establecer las bases del reencuentro tras la crueldad del conflicto.

No tener elecciones locales desde 2008 es un grave error. La ciudadanía no lo merece, ni existe justificación racional alguna. Elegir a sus representantes es un derecho y un deber para formar parte de las instituciones democráticas comunes a toda Europa. Es más, no tengo la menor duda que es una exigencia de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas de Mostar.

Ha tenido oportunidad de visitar a vuestros amigos y conocidos de Mostar, pero también habéis podido conversar con los ciudadanos. ¿Qué impresiones se lleva?

Me preocupa, como ciudadano que me considero de Mostar, con permiso de sus ciudadanos, que la situación de interinidad prolongada olvide que la ciudad es un todo, no separable, para que la vida de todos sus habitantes se desarrolle con participación en los asuntos públicos, desde el presupuesto a los servicios y su funcionamiento.

Por supuesto que estas reflexiones se pueden extender a BiH, sin que por ello y por mi parte, constituya injerencia alguna, a la que no tengo derecho.

Cada vez son más las opiniones que indican que la OHR (Oficina del Alto Representante), encabezada por el representante Valenin Inzko no está usando los poderes que le fueron otorgados por el proceso de paz y el marco del Acuerdo de Paz de Dayton, mientras la ciudadanía de Bosnia y Herzegovina es testigo diario de la fractura de ese proceso de paz. ¿A qué se debe?

No conozco bien la gestión de la OHR en los últimos años, ni a la persona del Sr. Inzko y sus trabajos. Su misión sin duda alguna es compleja. Sin embargo, la OHR, como la Comunidad Internacional, debe ser proactiva, implicarse en la búsqueda de soluciones y no permanecer en los despachos a la espera de acontecimientos o de incidentes. Debe tener una participación activa con los actores locales, en especial de los representantes de la sociedad civil.

Con mayor razón si, como se formula en el cuestionario, hay circunstancias que conducen al atropello de derechos civiles fundamentales, amenazas a la paz y seguridad, incitaciones a la secesión o rearmes que no se ajustan a la Constitución de BiH y los acuerdos internacionales.

Si tuvierais ocasión, qué le sugeriría al Alto Representante, Inzko?

Su implicación en la sociedad civil en el sentido que he expresado en mi respuesta anterior. De una manera proactiva, escuchando a todos los actores, y en especial a las representaciones ciudadanas.

¿Cuál es vuestro mensaje para los líderes políticos de la ciudad de Mostar? ¿Cuál sería el mensaje para la gente de esta ciudad que vive desde hace años convencida de que las resoluciones positivas vendrán de fuer?

La política y los políticos están al servicio de la ciudadanía, de la ciudad como un todo. La pluralidad de opiniones, las discrepancias, forman parte de la democracia, y su expresión a través de las urnas y de las instituciones que emanan de las mismas, constituyen la base de la convivencia, de la tolerancia en las diferencias.

La devolución a la ciudadanía de su protagonismo en el debate y en la formulación de alternativas a los conflictos de la misma convivencia es un elemento clave.

 En nuestra reciente visita a Mostar (10 de mayo de 2019) el Presidente de la Fundación Asamblea de Ciudadanos y Ciudadanas del Mediterráneo ( www.fundacionacm.org) , en la que ocupo puesto en su Consejo Consultivo, tuvo oportunidad de exponer el papel de la sociedad civil de los pueblos del Mediterráneo, de los que forma parte BiH. Exposición que se tradujo en Sarajevo con la constitución de un Círculo de la FACM.

La implicación de los actores políticos, partidos e instituciones, con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, con debates abiertos y transparentes, a la luz pública, y formulando alternativas y propuestas, son elementos que contribuyen a la participación de la ciudadanía y a mejorar la actuación cotidiana de los representantes públicos, políticos.

La generosidad y la amplitud de criterio, la capacidad de escuchar a la ciudadanía, son normas de complicidad que se traducen en convivencia y en eficiencia de la gestión de los asuntos públicos.


El día de la inauguración del reconstruido Puente Viejo de Mostar (23.07.2016), el Centro para la Paz de Mostar le otorgó su máximo galardón “Mostar Peace Connection” por su labor incontestable en la construcción de la paz y por la reconciliación de un Mostar recién salido de la guerra.

Es un reconocimiento muy especial que acepté con respeto y responsabilidad. Lo entiendo ante todo como un reconocimiento de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas de Mostar de todas las comunidades, de Europa por el cese de hostilidades.

Ricard Pérez Casado ha sido Administrador de la UE para Mostar tras el conflicto de Bosnia y Herzegovina, alcalde socialista de València. Es miembro del Consejo consultivo de la Fundación ACM.

ACM Foundation at UfM Reg Conference | Youth and civil society commit to strengthening practical cooperation and development in the Mediterranean

  • The ACM Foundation met with more than 100 engaged representatives of the civil society, youth organisations and non-state actors from the Euro-Mediterranean región in Barcelona to discuss the most pressing challenges faced by the region.
  • ACM Foundation president, Vicent Garcés intervened in the plenary session remembering that the future of the young people and women of the western and eastern Mediterranean are indissolubly united and related to peace, human rights, social justice and mobility.
  • The ACM Foundation is preparing its 8th Annual Meeting on challenges for the Youth in Mediterranean that has been exposed at the Regional Conference. 
  • The recommendations and project proposals drawn from the exchanges will feed the UfM Strategy for Youth and will contribute to the Summit of the Two Shores’ (“Sommet des Deux rives”)[i] debates by putting forward the views of the youth and civil society from the entire region.

On 22-23 May 2019 in Barcelona, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) hosted the Regional Conference “Shared Views on key issues in the Mediterranean” in collaboration with the Instituto de la Juventud (InJuve), the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  The conference brought together more than 100 representatives of the civil society and youth organisations to discuss how to best address environmental, educational, societal and economic challenges faced by the Euro-Mediterranean region and propose recommendations to foster more aligned cooperation amongst the region’s countries.

With over 60% of its population under the age of 30, the Euro-Mediterranean is one of the youngest regions in the world. The UfM has therefore placed youth at the heart of its actions, focusing on building a positive agenda for youth in the Mediterranean and engaging young people as full partners in its activities.

The discussions held during the Regional Dialogue and the recommendations and project proposals drawn from the exchanges will feed the UfM Strategy for Youth and will also be presented as suggestions and project proposals to contribute to the Marseille Summit of the Two Shores (24 June 2019) by putting forward the views of youth and civil society of all UfM countries on key priorities for the region.

“This Regional Dialogue serves as a stepping stone towards proposing more aligned and impactful initiatives in the Mediterranean, which will adequately address environmental, social and economic challenges”, said UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel. “We must continue to act together to truly deliver on our commitments and amplify our results. Our goal through this Forum, is to combine the efforts of the 5+5 Dialogue with broader regional efforts while putting forward the views of our future generations”, he added.

The exchanges over the course of the two-day forum served to establish the following action areas:

Environment, Water, Energy and Sustainable development

The urgency of action in the face of climate change and environmental degradation in the region as well as the need to engage youth in these vital issues for their future, was a central theme of the Regional Dialogue. Challenges and solutions for inclusive and sustainable development were discussed during the Roundtable on Environment, Water, and Energy and Sustainable development. Regional youth and civil society representatives active in the fields of water, renewables, environment, blue economy and climate action, discussed the possibilities afforded to the Mediterranean region for the development of a circular economy applied to the green and blue dimensions, the sustainable management of water and sanitation, and the advent of renewable energy and climate action in the frame of the energy transition.

Youth Employment and Social economy and inclusion of youth and women

The UfM’s mission to address issues of youth unemployment and reduce gender inequalities in the region was addressed during the Roundtable on Regional Economic and Social Challenges for Women and Youth. This panel was jointly organized by the OECD, and included presentations from relevant civil society organizations active in the fields of job creation, skills development, socio-economic empowerment, inclusive growth and entrepreneurship promotion.

Ensuring that youth and women are further integrated into the region’s economy as a whole was the focus of this Roundtable, which addressed two main themes: Partnering with the Youth for Job Creation and Social Economy and inclusion of youth and women. The panel’s agenda centred on how best to harness the region’s potential, in terms of greater integration of women and youth into national economies. Indeed, the potential increase in the region’s Gross Domestic Product if youth unemployment is reduced by half, is over 20 billion euros in the short-term.

Rethinking Education

The importance of education, and its ability to empower the region’s women and youth, was the key theme discussed in the Roundtable on Rethinking education: An opportunity for strengthening youth and women’s empowerment. It is undeniable that greater access of all to quality education in the region is a requisite to meet the objectives of inclusive sustainable development and addressing societal challenges. Moreover, ensuring that the educational systems adapt to better prepare the region’s youth the mutations and disruptive forces that are restructuring the job market.

The panel gathered the insights of relevant regional youth and civil society representatives active in the fields of education, youth and women empowerment to address educational challenges at the Mediterranean level. This included interventions on: New learning paradigms in a comprehensive approach to education, Specific challenges faced by vocational training, and Women and Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education (STEM).


[i] [i] The “Sommet des Deux Rives” (Summit of the Two Shores) will be held in Marseille on 24 June 2019, hosted by the President of the French Republic. The Summit will consist of both a meeting of Heads of State and Government from the Western Mediterranean countries, and a regional dialogue with prominent civil society representatives. This initiative seeks to foster a pragmatic regional socio-political exchange in order to showcase and launch specific projects in the region. The UfM will be a key partner of the Summit in its role of platform for regional cooperation, bringing together all the European Union and Mediterranean countries.