Valletta, 27 April, 2017, The prevention for the Euro-Med region problems starts from the youth; This has been approved through a new survey on Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Mediterranean region, conducted by the Anna Lindh Foundation which revealed that the Euro-Med people are much closer than we think.
One of Horizons’ representative, Abdelrahman Aldaqqah, participated as a young researcher expert to analyse the poll results which are relevant to youth. His contribution focused primarily on youth perspectives and opinions across the Mediterranean. In terms of the efficiency of mechanisms to prevent and deal with conflicts, as well as radicalism in the region, 80% of respondents said education and youth programmes to foster a youth-led dialogue were important.
The launch event was enriched by the speech of Malta’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Dr. George Vella, when he emphasised the role of Anna Lindh foundation as a leading partner to promote Euro-Med intercultural dialogue and collaboration and to reshape the renewed policies of European Union’s Neighbourhood. The director of Anna Lindh Foundation, Dr. Hatem Atallah, also highlighted the significance of this survey to the region policies.
Silvio Gonzato, Director of Strategic Communication, Parliamentary Affairs and General Affairs of the European External Action Service, underlined the importance of investment in youth, education and media dialogue.
The survey involved more than 13,000 people across 13 Euro-Mediterranean countries. Both sides of the poll’s respondents encouraged the region to work to achieve a long-term solution targeting local, regional and international levels to defeat radical ideologies. The solution should involve quality education, youth inclusion, empowerment and promoting dialogue and exchange across the Mediterranean.
Download here a brief summary of key findings.