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Into the Italia-Malta transfrontalier cooperation programme – 19/20 May 2008 – two workshops coordinated by Collegio Universitario Arces, showed the documents of the case-study and anlysis ESTREL e MOTRIS.

ESTREL especially demonstrate as the lower propension to cooperation that is a character of both Sicilian and Maltese contexts, it is something that can get a turnover if the local experience of governance are able to lead the cooperation process, changing the nature of local government in itself and making it instrument of promotion in development policies and ethical business.

MOTRIS, a study which collect different contibutes, owes in itself a concept that have a sure appeal: this seems the “Cleopatra’s syndrome”.  The meaning of this formula, which is a quote by Jean Pierre Lozato-Giotart, it is related to the need of the voyage as something caused by the intimate emotianal desire to see somewhere and something that we have for longtime heared and dreamed.  So, in this “syndrome” we can find the anthropological base of the voyage as transformation of the knowlegdge into esperience.  And also here we find the relationship nature of the Mediterraneum, and especially of Sicile and Malta.  Both are places of legend and myth.  And it is properly this immaterial aura that put people into the desire of to know. 

As prof. Leonardo Urbani wrote in his introduction, the creative elaboration of the existent heritage is as the wave’s movement from which appear the deep man’s identity, where is all the history of the Western civilisation, from the most ancient roots to the Medieval Knights (where, looking with objective glasses, there’s not contrapposition between Middle East, but direct connection, as the North-European tradition perfectly knows).  Relation emerges in its anthropological nature as “gift paradygm” even if, in the contemporary market economy, this doesn’t means absence of economic contents but, sooner, as qualification of economic contents in the solidarity perspective.

It is important to note the relation between material and immaterial culture’s aspects.  The modern return to an echological idea of life and of the land’s cultuvation is waiting for the new meaning of their fulness.  The formidable work  “Organic Farming” done in Malta by Joseph Borg’s Ta’Zeppi, with its natural production (certificated in quality) is a good example and a possibility to share methology and competences.

The Olive Tree is the most real unifying character of Mediterranean Sea.  The sacred tree par excellence, peace and intelligence symbol, the Olive Tree is not just an alimentary product but the vehicle of common values that need to be shared.  The goal can be the agroenergetic and soustenable reinterpretation of land, with the full meaning of this symbolic images.