Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will open the Montpelier Forum on Cultural Cooperation in the Mediterranean today. This forum is one of the five thematic meetings being held in preparation for the Summit of the Two Shores due to take place in Marseille from June 23 to 24.
The Summit of the Two Shores, an initiative launched by President Macron last year, is aimed at reviving a momentum for cooperation in the Western Mediterranean through concrete projects in support of human, economic and sustainable development in the region. It is based on the framework for the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue which brings together 5 states from the northern shore of the Mediterranean (France, Spain, Italy, Malta and Portugal) and five states from the southern shore (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia). The EU, Germany, the pan-European organizations and the main international economic organizations working in the region are involved in the dialogue.
In the run-up to the Marseille summit, the Montpelier Forum is aimed at promoting a new approach within the Western Mediterranean on the priority issues of culture, media and tourism. During two days of debates, almost 200 participants from the civil societies of the 5+5 Dialogue countries will share their initiatives aimed at fostering the emergence of innovative, inclusive and ambitious projects.
In addition to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Montpellier Méditerranée metropolitan area, the Università della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano, the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement of Geneva, and the Institut de recherche et d’études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (IReMMO) are partners in this event.