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In its meeting on 18 November 2020, the General Assembly of the network decided to update the network internal rules. The updates were based on the proposition made by the network’s steering committee in the fall of 2019.

The updates are mostly technical or stylistic. The major substantial update is that the network members are now on required to participate in the general assemblies at least once a year, or otherwise yearly confirm their willingness to continue as network members.

Link to the rules.

The Young Mediterranean Voices programme, in partnership with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies MEDAC – University of Malta (MEDAC) is announcing a call for participation to young leaders from the Euro-Med region, for the third edition of the “YMV Malta Leadership Seminar”, taking place virtually from 25 to 29 January, 2021.

The Young Mediterranean Voices Leadership Seminar is an initiative of the Anna Lindh Foundation, supported by the European Commission (DG European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) and co-organised with MEDAC, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and a consortium of international partners.

Despite COVID-19 limitations and mobility restrictions, we are excited to engage a group of selected participants in a 5-day programme that will include: formal and non formal education tools, dialogue and networking activities and a combination of innovative methodologies, together with a variety of occasions for interaction.

Capacity-building sessions will tackle topics related to cultural intelligence, leading-through-values, media narratives and policy formulation, as well as practicing advocacy with global, regional, and local political leaders.

Although in-person meetings in Malta are not possible, we are maintaining the high level of learning and engagement of past editions of the workshop. The virtual nature of the sessions allows us to have access to policy-makers we would not have been able to in other times. We are also happy to include a mentorship element. A group of participants will start working with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on topics of their own interest. Their work and recommendations will be shared with selected European Parliament individuals and committees.

For interested individuals, check the criteria below, and submit your expression of interest.


Deadline to apply: 15 December, 2020.

Application criteria

  *   Age Range: 18-30 years old.

  *   Active involvement in local / regional / global Civil Society or activist or artistic activities

  *   Proven capacity for engaging in policy advocacy on the local/regional/global stage.

  *   Interest of the socio-political environment at a local and national level.

  *   Capacity and capability to reach out to communities.

  *   Active interest in Euro-Mediterranean issues/culture.

  *   Knowledge around youth sector issues.

  *   Proven research and analytical skills.

  *   Strong English speaker, and comprehension.

*   Added value: Experience on virtual exchange debate/dialogue; familiarity with the Young Mediterranean Voices programme; interest on diversity; knowledge of other languages of the Mediterranean.

Participants from all the countries of the ALF network are encouraged to apply.

An established rotation model for Euro-Med states in 2018-2020 is in place whereby youth representatives from all Member States will be eligible to participate in one regional call during the 3-year programming cycle. Gender, age and geographical balance among chosen participants will be ensured.

Please note: Past participants of the ‘YMV Leadership Seminar’ have been considered for studying at MEDAC.

The Young Mediterranean Voices programme

Young Mediterranean Voices is the flagship debate and dialogue programme connecting civil society, education and policy-makers across the Southern Mediterranean region and Europe. The programme is coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, co-founded by the British Council, and developed in partnership with the Center for Mediterranean Integration, Friends of Europe, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, MEDAC and Soliya. The programme is funded by the European Commission (Directorate General of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations) and co-funded by the Government of Finland, World Bank Group and the British Council.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, on 28 November 2020, the same day the Barcelona Declaration was signed in 1995, the Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the Anna Lindh 15 Years Review, a report on its 15 years of activity with the aim of consolidating and communicating the main achievements of the ALF with its National Networks and partners since its inauguration.

Over the past 15 years, and as the first institution created in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the ALF has supported region-wide initiatives and campaigns in the fields of youth, education, media, culture, gender and intercultural research focusing its activities in the spaces where advocating for dialogue is more needed. Involving thousands of NGOs in its programmes and assuming an advocacy role for intercultural dialogue, the Foundation has become one of the most credible institutions working for and within Euro-Med civil society.

The ALF 15-Year Review showcases these achievements during the past fifteen years in this direction.

Read the report here.

The Finnish network is a partner in the Celebrating our Diversity Forum 2020. The forum of 2019 was organised in Helsinki.

For the third year, the Swedish network is inviting members and alumni of the Anna Lindh Foundation in the 42 Euro-Med countries to participate in an online forum of solidarity and sharing of good practices on how to build inclusive, sustainable and intercultural cities especially in post pandemic societies. 

The forum is a networking and learning platform for ALF network members from the Euro-Med region. We want to support civil society activists to further connect with their peers, exchange stories, learn from each other and dream together about the future of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The virtual forum will be participative and interactive, allowing participants to introduce themselves, share their contexts and initiatives, and have a collective conversation on their dream for the future of the Euro-Mediterranean Region. Throughout the sessions, participants will work in a participatory format. This will allow the different knowledge and perspectives of participants to blend, resulting to new collective intelligence.


DAY 1 – Tuesday 24 November 09.30 – 12.00 (Stockholm time)

9:30 Welcome and introduction round 
10:15 Collective Intercultural Conversation – World Cafe 
11:30 Break
11:45 Sharing from break-out rooms in a plenary 
11:55 Check-out
12:00 Close

DAY 2 – Wednesday 25 November 09.30 – 12.00 (Stockholm time)

9:30 Welcome and reflection from the day before
9:55 Sharing Euro-Med Initiatives on building inclusive, sustainable and intercultural cities 
11:00 Break
11:15 Barcelona Process +50 
11:50 Check-out 
12:00 Closing

Link to more info and registration

18.11.2020 klo 17.00 – 19.00, Zoom

The first 30 minutes of this event are reserved for the General Assembly of the Finnish Anna Lindh network. After the meeting, we will have a Timeout dialogue on the minorities’ representations and voices in Finland. The event is organised online with Zoom.

Are minorities heard in the Finnish society? Who can and should represent whom and how could this be done in the most inclusive way, taking into account diversity inside minority groups? 

NGOs, researchers and individual spokespersons speak for minorities in public debates and committees. Only a narrow selection of voices appear in the media: it is always the same people to be interviewed and invited into talk shows. 

In the Finnish ALF network, we bring together people who are from minorities themselves, who work with minorities or do research on them. We would like to invite you to discuss: How do you experience being in a role where you are expected to speak on behalf of a vast group of people? Or, how do you experience being represented by somebody else? 

Read more on Timeout method:

Register here by 15.11.20