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Building bridges between public administrations across the Mediterranean - UniDem Med Campus

Sharing experiences, practicing democracy

The UniDem Med Campus (University for Democracy) for the Southern Mediterranean region was launched in Rabat on 14-17 September 2015 with a seminar exploring the link between Human Rights and Public Service” . It is organised by the Venice Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Service and Modernization of the Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco. The launch of the project has been mentioned in the Annual Report 2015 of the Council of Europe Secretary General. UniDem Med contributes to the modernisation of the civil service across the Mediterranean. Through exchanges and debates between peers from Europe and the southern Mediterranean, the regional seminars UniDem Med strengthen the legal capacities of senior civil servants of seven partners in the MENA region (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia)  in areas of good governance, rule of law and fundamental rights. More than 400 senior civil servants from the southern Mediterranean have been trained so far on a peer-to-peer basis and the interest towards this regional forum continues to grow.  In October 2017 the Venice Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of the Reform of the Administration and the Civil Service of the Kingdom of Morocco in order to continue and sustain the project.

Leaflet "UniDem Med Campus

List of all seminars and meetings

Photo gallery

UniDem Med Campus on Facebook


Towards an effective and responsible administration respecting the principles of democracy and rule of law

The government and the public service are of paramount importance to ensure the stability of a region. This implies that citizens and public service users have confidence in the state structures and in particular public policies and public administration. It is essential that governments operate according to clear rules and transparent procedures established in accordance with the principles of the rule of law. On the other hand, it is important that senior staff are well trained and have a legal status and appropriate working conditions. Officials should be aware of their rights but also their responsibilities and duties towards the public they serve.


Objectives and scope of the project

UniDem Med Campus main objective is:

  • To contribute to an ever more efficient administration and good governance in the respect of human rights, in the enforcement of law and institution building

It also allows:

  • To bring together senior civil servants from the two shores of the Mediterranean with a view to exchanging experiences and strengthening ties between the public administrations on a peer level
  • To collect, share and disseminate experiences and best democratic practices, within a perspective of mutual enrichment on issues of common interest.


National coordinators and working methods

National coordinators select the participants for the seminars. They meet once a year to select the topics and venues for the next seminars. National coordinators are the key interlocutors of the Venice Commission. Participating countries are invited to appoint focal points/national coordinators, to select the participants and decide on the programme for the seminars. Between 25 and 30 officials attend the seminars, after which they are encouraged to pass on what they have learnt to their colleagues. The working languages are English or French, and Arabic, as required. The seminars are based on a participatory method that includes presentations by experts from the two shores of the Mediterranean with specific examples designed to help officials from the various countries to identify common principles that can be applied in their own countries. National Delegations are encourared to report on the situation in their respective administratons in relation to the theme of the seminar with ample time for discussion and peer-to-peer exchange of experiences between the participants.


Internationally recognised expertise

The team of trainers is made up of European and Southern Mediterranean experts with first hand practical experience in the relevant fields as well as academics from the two shores of the Mediterranean.


Funding of the seminars

The seminars are organised by the Venice Commission in the framework of the European Union - Council of Europe Joint South Programme II for the period 2015-2017 and South Programme III for the period 2018-2020


Useful links:

Venice Commission documents available in Arabic

Main Venice Commission reference documents

Venice Commission’s Neighbourhood Co-operation (non-European partners)

Joint Council of Europe - European Union programmes

South Programme III

* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe member States on this issue.

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