Tunisia, new Anna Lindh Executive Director is Tunisian

Role of Anna Lindh Foundation necessary to promote dialogue

27 January, 11:24

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JAN 27 - The new Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation is Tunisian. The Board of Directors has uninanimously approved the appointment of Hatem Atallah as new executive director of the Foundation. Atallah was designated by the Board of Governors, a body that includes 42 high officials of the Mediterranean Union, sitting with Eu representatives and members of the Arab League participating as observers. Hatem Atallah stood out for his successful record as diplomat and international manager. He held the role of Tunisian ambassador to the United Kingdom and he was also Tunisia's representative at the African Union. Atallah takes on from Andreu Claret (Spain) who became Executive Director in 2008.

    As new Executive Director, Atallah will lead the Anna Lindh Foundation from its head-quarters in Alexandria (Egypt) and he will carry out the new phase of the Foundation's programme (2015-2017) in close co-operation with newly elected President Elisabeth Guigou. The role played by the Anna Lindh Foundation is more than ever necessary in order to confront those seeking to stoke divisions both within their societies and between their countries and the international community. In the wake of tragic events, the Foundation must build upon the solidarity existing between the citizens of the Mediterranean in order to promote exchanges, fraternity and mutual understanding.

    The new programme of the Anna Lindh Foundation is co-financed by the European Union and by member countries of the Mediterranean Union, it encompasses projects in the fields of culture, media, education, translation and youth and also takes on an advocacy role focusing on cross-cultural matters and supporting more than 4000 grass-root movements and Ngos belonging to its Euro-Mediterranean network.

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