The Ministry of Culture’s press and communications office has in recent days issued a press release giving abundant attention to an important cultural diplomacy action, called the “Naples Initiative”, which brings together all Ministers of Culture in a permanent dialogue with the 25 Euro-Mediterranean countries. European institutions to invest more resources in Euro-Mediterranean cultural cooperation in the light of ambitious goals. The Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, emphasized the value of the initiative in such a difficult moment at the international level, adding that – we quote literally – “This important cultural diplomacy action was carried out in a terrain that did not exist. A meeting between all the Ministers of Culture of the Mediterranean is unprecedented. “Not so much as to deny the Minister, but to reaffirm the birthright of an initiative enshrined in the history of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, recalled Corrado Monaca, former national president of Movimento Azzurro. , that the first cultural coordination between the euro area Mediterranean region dates back to 2008-2009 “Mediterranean Sea Basin Joint Operational Program”, under the auspices of the European Union and the ENPI (European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument), the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument.
“At that time – explains Monaca – the environmental association under my leadership, inspired by Giorgio La Pira’s principles of the Mediterranean as an oasis of peace, signed a partnership agreement with leaders of representatives of cultural institutions from six Euro-Mediterranean countries, in particular Spain, France , Tunisia, Jordan, Malta Italy. The ambitious project covered four areas: literature, art, construction technology and the environment. On the cultural front (International Oasis of Author), actions were planned for Italy in Sardinia and Sicily in Grazia Deleddas and Luigi Capuanas name: In the south-eastern part of Sicily, two projects were carried out: one in the province of Ragusa with agro-tourism and environmental character, the other, in the province of Syracuse, with the birth of a sports, leisure, cultural and social gathering facility. In addition, these were self-propelled initiatives, at no cost to the coffers of public bodies, which arose thanks to voluntary work and private individuals. t these initiatives had started, they stood on their own and are still in operation. The lack of funds – but not only that – then interrupted the existing cooperation with the partner countries. However, some projects took place later, in other contexts. I am thinking, for example, of the analysis and monitoring of viaducts and buildings or again of the inclusion of literature among the “indicators” that are useful in strengthening coexistence between peoples and global growth. This project is being carried out in particular with the International Association of Literary Critics (AICL) under the leadership of Neria De Giovanni. Every year, the association organizes a conference on a literary theme in another country, with the participation of researchers from different countries. In addition, the recent phase of Modica, in which Quasimodo and civil poetry were discussed, benefited from the patronage of Minister of Culture Franceschini ”.
The content of the 2008-2009 projects corresponded in all respects to the objectives described in the final document of the “Naples Initiative”. Here, in fact, it is emphasized that culture is a common good for the people of the Mediterranean, but it is also a support for prosperous, inclusive and sustainable societies and economies; whereas education for peace and solidarity is needed to promote cultural and linguistic diversity; strengthen the values of the common cultural heritage and the common culture; to combat the illegal trade in cultural goods and the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage; recognize the importance of culture for the climate; support mobility and exchange of talent.
“It would be appropriate,” Monaca concludes, “to relaunch and re-launch, within the new institutional framework that Franceschini wants, international oasis projects that encourage interdisciplinary planning that pays attention to human and social development, innovation and cultural cooperation. and creates new opportunities for exchange and research, dialogue and comparison, and we hope that the goal of achieving a permanent Minister for Mediterranean Culture and the creation of a Mediterranean Capital of Culture, to be elected from time to time within the European Union and the be reached.