The Par­lia­ment of the Mediter­ranean may mi­grate from Malta to Mar­seille

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The bureau of the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly of the Mediter­ranean (PAM) might mi­grate from Malta to Mar­seille, ac­cord­ing to Le Parisien.

PAM has been in Malta for 10 years.

This was an­nounced by PAM Vice-Pres­i­dent Michel Vauzelle.

He said that the PAM Bureau, as well as Is­rael, Pales­tine, Jor­dan, Morocco, Al­ge­ria, Por­tu­gal, Italy and France unan­i­mously voted in favour of the move.

Mr Vauzelle sug­gested that PAM can be in­stalled in Villa Méditer­ranée which he had built when he was the pres­i­dent of the Paca re­gion.

The de­ci­sion will be for­malised in a meet­ing to be held in Por­tu­gal on 23 and 24 Fe­bru­ary.

The move is sup­ported by the French govern­ment, the pres­i­dents of the two houses of par­lia­ment, and by the mayor of Mar­seille.

“Mar­seille is the French cap­i­tal of the Mediter­ranean, and Villa Méditer­ranée can be a place of po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural di­a­logue be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives, civil so­ci­ety and young peo­ple,” Mr Vauzell said.

In­au­gu­rated in 2013, Villa Méditer­ranée has never re­ally found its role, ac­cord­ing to its many de­trac­tors. The last sug­ges­tion re­gard­ing its pos­si­ble use was made by Mr Vauzell’s suc­ces­sor, Chris­tian Estrosi, who sug­gested a re­pro­duc­tion of an un­der-sea pre­his­toric grotto which ex­ists just out­side Mar­seille.

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