Tunisia: between democratic rights, equal opportunities, protection of minorities and active citizenship
Statement of the Vice-President of ALDA, Alessandro Perelli.
Europe is now called upon to carefully observe what is going on in Tunisia, where after a short political crisis, the new coalition Government made up of lay people, moderate Islamic and minority groups, has been voted by the Parliament. Namely, the alliance giving life to the Constitution – that represented for Tunisia a significant qualitative leap in democratic and civil rights – has been confirmed.
The young Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed – that I also had the pleasure to meet personally few months ago during a visit of the Italian regions, while he was the Minister of Local Authorities – is a person of great charisma and authoritativeness, and in his first declarations he underlined the need of improving relations with the European Union.
The Prime Minister also showed a particular attention towards youngsters and the issue of unemployment. The European Union cannot be indifferent on these matters, and we all wish that the financial support to Tunisia can be increased, since Tunisia, among the countries of the European Neighbourhood, is the one that concretely demonstrated its will of promoting democratic rights, equal opportunities, protection of minorities and active citizenship. And also for this reason it was target of bloody terrorist attacks.
Since Youssef Chahed already worked in this direction during his mandate as Minister, his election as Prime Minister leads to expectations of having soon a confirmation of the date of the local elections, that will allow the switch from appointed mayors to elected mayors.
ALDA, which has been working for several years in the Mediterranean side of Africa, foresees the opening of a Local Democracy Agency in Kairouan by the end of the year. For this purpose, a pre-agreement with the Local Authorities has already been signed. Next 19th October in Tunis, within an initiative organised in cooperation with ARLEM, a final decision about the new Agency will be taken.
Relazioni internazionali e infrastrutture strategiche
Regione Friuli Venezia-Giulia
Vice Presidente di ALDA
Coordinatore del Gruppo di Lavoro sulla cooperazione Euro-Mediterranea
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