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MEDAC 25th Anniversary International Conference

~ The Mediterranean in Transition ~

3rd December 2014

 

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The Hon. Dr. George Vella, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta today delivered the keynote speech at the start of an International Conference to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The Conference debated the theme 'The Mediterranean in Transition'. Click here for the photo gallery. In his speech Minister Vella spoke of Malta's commitment towards the Mediterranean, declaring that 'Malta will continue to support Mediterranean initiatives, it will continue to be an advocate for the region and it will continue to stress that there can be no stability in Europe without stability in the Mediterranean'.

As the current situation in the Mediterranean continues to be fluid with conflict in Libya and Syria and a resurgence of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the Mediterranean retains its significance in Europe and beyond.

MEDAC was established in 1990 as a joint undertaking between the governments of Switzerland and Malta and the University of Malta. Support over the years has been forthcoming from Italy, the European Union and the Commonwealth Secretariat amongst others. Germany currently funds a Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention.

The conference was attended by around a 100 delegates including the Diplomatic Corps, contributors to MEDAC for the past 25 years, current students of the Academy as well as a number of alumni. Dr. Joe Borg, former EU Commissioner and current MEDAC chairman and Professor Stephen Calleya, MEDAC director welcomed the delegates. Three panels discussed the Mediterranean in transition, Euro-Mediterranean Relations and Regional Dynamics in the Emerging Mediterranean respectively. Speakers included Dr. Michael Koehler, Director, EU Neighbourhood Policy, DG DEVCO; Professor Bichara Khader, from the University of Louvain; Professor Ludger Kuhnhardt, from the University of Bonn and Dr. Noha Bakr, from the American University in Cairo.

During the past 25 years MEDAC has been playing a vital role when it comes to promoting confidence building measures in the Mediterranean. MEDAC has developed into a centre of excellence focusing on Mediterranean affairs. Some 700 graduates of the Academy are today diplomats representing their countries in other countries and international organizations. Alumni have come from over fifty countries, mainly North Africa and the Middle East but also from Eastern Europe, the Caucuses and Africa.

 

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