Autonomous sections


The F.L.M. has acted on the recommendations of the participants of the Forum Civile Euromed  and created the following organisms which, in front of Notary S. Santangelo di Napoli on 22nd December 2000(racc.13032,  rep.49158 ), were constituted as “autonomous sections” of the Fondazione, incorporating their Statutes in those of the F.L.M. and obtaining official recognition of States, Regions, Cities and institutional organisms of the Euromediterranean countries which officially represent over 150 million citizens:


-Almamed: congregation of all the Universities and the networks of Universities of the                                Euromediterranean Countries.

 -Euromedcity: congregation of Cities, Provinces, Regions, local Communities and already existing city networks with which to exchange information, experiences and examples of good practice.

-Isolamed: congregation of Islands and already existing Islands’ networks with which to exchange information, experiences and examples of good practice.


-Labmed: A horizontal participatory network set up by F.L.M. It includes organisms of civil                       society in the Euromediterranean area and is designed to optimise communications between              partners of the Euromediterranean regions and become an operative instrument for the European Union within the Euromediterranean programme.


-Academy of the Mediterranean: established in Naples by the Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo on 10th October 1998 – is the congregation of all of the National Academies and other Academies and Cultural Institutions highly representative of the Countries bordering the Mediterranean.


To date the Academy boasts 561 participating institutions, among which 168 Universities, 67 national and regional Academies, 200 cultural and research Institutes, 48 Cities, etc.


              The Academy of the Mediterranean has its first objective in the creation of the critical inventory of the culture of the Mediterranean - through specific and coordinated programs, each entrusted to one of its branches, a bureau or a long established Institution specialising in a particular field.

“Culture of the Mediterranean” signifies its:


A)    natural and environmental heritage in their physical and historical evolution;


B)     learned and popular imagery heritage, studied through its roots, in its developments and the possible archetypes;


C) cultural heritage, determined by all of its oral and written manifestations.

By cultural heritage it is meant “material” culture, literary and artistic culture, the thought tradition, speculative and scientific, popular culture, the technical and practical traditions.


            The Academy of the Mediterranean thus establishes a vast database resulting from the total of the programmed databases, which are being realised or have already been completed.

This in progress electronic inventory constitutes the ensemble of necessary but not sufficient data for the second objective of the Academy of the Mediterranean.


               The second objective of the Academy of the Mediterranean consists of establishing the complete ecology of Mediterranean culture.

Ecology is used here in its current linguistic significance, originally defined by Einar Haugen, The Ecology of Language, (Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1972) as the studies derived from it and lately redefined by Louis-Jean Calvet, Pour une écologie des langues du monde (Plon, Parigi, 1999 ).

As ecology studies the relationship between organisms and their environment, so the ecology of Mediterranean culture studies the relationship among Mediterranean cultures between them and Mediterranean societies, that is essentially the relationships and interactions between Mediterranean cultures and also between these cultures and Mediterranean societies.

In order to achieve this second objective, the Academy of the Mediterranean will undertake through its Headquarters, Branches and Bureaux research activities, divulged through the planned publications of the Academy of the Mediterranean.


            The third objective of the Academy of the Mediterranean – in common with the other   autonomous sections – consists in setting up the “MAISON DE LA MEDITERRANEE”: an organic structure able to represent in the most appropriate ways the activities identified and promoted by the institutions and various organisms  adhering to the Academy of the Mediterranean and the autonomous sections of the F.L.M., as well as all the other representatives of civil society in the Euromediterranean countries.