COPEAM renewed, call on governments for new Euromed deal

Tunis gathering ends, El Makdessi president

14 April, 14:40

    From left, the new President of COPEAM, Talal El Makdessi (Téléliban), the President and Director general of Radio France, Mathieu Gallet, and Secretary-general of COPEAM, Pier Luigi Malesani (photo by Elise Ortiou-Campion) From left, the new President of COPEAM, Talal El Makdessi (Téléliban), the President and Director general of Radio France, Mathieu Gallet, and Secretary-general of COPEAM, Pier Luigi Malesani (photo by Elise Ortiou-Campion)

    (by Patrizio Nissirio) (ANSAmed) - TUNIS - The 21st annual gathering of the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) which has closed in Tunis had a tight agenda of events enabling participants to exchange information, create new projects and make final statements. This edition was dedicated to ''The Mediterranean: reshaping cooperation'' and saw the participation of 260 delegates from 27 countries.

    The Tunisian event was very much like a refounding of the cooperation among Mediterranean state broadcasters - in a practical and operational sense more than in a formal way.

    Indeed the Mediterranean needs dialogue and sharing now more than ever to overcome its economic and political problems. And once again it sees the media as protagonists with great potential and significant responsibilities.

    During the general assembly the new leadership of the Association was appointed and the President of COPEAM was nominated, the president and director general of Téléliban, Talal El Makdessi, while the vice-presidencies went to Algeria (EPTV), France (Radio France), Turkey (Trt) and Spain (RTVE).

    Secretary-General Pier Luigi Malesani was confirmed for another two years.

    During the Assembly, a call was made on Governments and institutions to re-think cooperation and re-launch the Euromed institutional framework to support cultural diversity, freedom of expression, the universal quality of public service, gender equality, audiovisual cooperation and the right to information.

    The new conference of COPEAM will be held in Malta and will be hosted by the Public Broadcasting Service PBS, the gathering announced.

    The new president told ANSAmed that the organization's aim now must be to ''look at the good things done so far and implement them, and scrap those that haven't worked, with the objective of benefiting both shores of the Mediterranean which need one another''.

    ''Reshaping cooperation was discussed, which in the end means supporting democracy: a very strong issue after the Arab springs and also in my country, Lebanon, which was for a long time, since 1943, the only democracy in the region'', he noted. El Makdessi said he believes the end is a ''joint road map, a common process that benefits all. Because can the north live without consumers from the southern shore? No. And can the south live without support and development in the north? No, we can't.

    We must proceed together''.

    ''We are aware of the fact that new groundwork for cooperation is necessary, because it is the only way to reinvent the future, the role of the young and the media themselves'', said secretary-general Malesani. ''Here in Tunis, the debate was very strong, vibrant, which I believe translates into a message: no more talking about cooperation, now is the time to build it.

    Because only by making it happen, can we know each other and give all different actors the possibility of growing together''.

    (ANSAmed).

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