PRESIDENT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY FOUNDATION (FACM) ADDRESSING DURING THE 14th SEESION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF MEDITERRANEAN (PAM)
ATHENS, 19-20th February 2020
The PAM is a public institution which gathers parliamentarians from all the Mediterranean basin, and which practices the parliamentarian diplomacy. The FACM is an observer member of the PAM.
The speech of Vicent Garcés, the FACM’s president, takes place during the 3rd Permanent Committee of the PAM on Dialogue of civilizations and Human Rights, in which the Foundation ACM received the PAM 2019 Prize.
The Mediterranean is facing a global emergency knowed as “Mediterranean emergency”. This crisis is illustrated in several dimensions:
- The Economy: characterized by the social and economic inequalities between the southern and the northern countries of the Mediterranean and in their own territories.
- Climate: environment crisis, which is suffering the Mediterranean Sea, with a progressive dangerous desertification.
- Social: illustrated by the permanent migratory flow and the refugee’s crisis whose consequences are thousands of deaths in the Sea and the deserts.
- Politics: which is knowing a crisis of confidence from the citizens to their political systems.
- Cultural: with the increase of the intercultural and interreligious tensions and violence.
This Mediterranean emergency is aggravated by the presence of old and new powers which takes place with different methods and whose most extreme illustration is the war, armed conflicts, in the region and the adjacent zones.
The first step started since the year 2010/2011, the phenomena that we named Arab Springs with different destinies in each country. The second step is currently happening. The citizens from Algiers to Beyrouth keeps going on demanding liberty, dignity and social justice. In the European zone, similar citizen’s revolts happened in Spain, France and Italy.
In this context of Mediterranean emergency and citizen’s revolt, the FACM, with its 10 years of live practicing the citizen’s diplomacy, has built a network composed by 28 citizen circles in 28 cities and 20 countries. The FACM has organized 8 thematic meetings in different countries. The last one, celebrated in November 2019, broached The Mediterranean Youth and the PAM took part at the event. The PAM also sponsored the meeting which broaches Heritage and citizenship in the Mediterranean Sea. This meeting was organized by the FACM in Naples in October 2018.
We should recall that the FACM’s objective is to build a community of Mediterranean peoples. The FACM and the PAM develop their activities in a period of danger for the freedom and democracy, the Human Rights. The confidence crisis from the citizens to their institutions coincides with the increases of Far-Right movements which promote xenophobia, racism and authoritarian answers to the crisis.
The FACM declares that we cannot fight against this danger transforming the European Union in a fortress, building more walls. We need to progress in the indispensable political and economic changes, answering to the citizen demands. It’s also necessary to increase the cooperation and integration of the Mediterranean peoples.
In this process change, the FACM and the PAM have a lot of common points and cooperation themes. I engage me to propose that we increase these relationship and synergy to federate the Mediterranean cities and regions. Gathering the parliamentary diplomacy (PAM), the citizen’s diplomacy (FACM), and the local diplomacy (cities and regions).
Thank you very much.