On October 23, 2017, the Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (RIDE-APS) - in cooperation with the Observatory on world religious minorities and on the religious freedom’s respect, as well as with the RIDE-APS members’ Mediterranean Perspectives, ComeUnaMarea Onlus, and LUMSA University - organized, in the suggestive setting of Villa Bordonaro in Palermo, a debate on "Youth, Community Identities and Religious Freedom in the Mediterranean". The renewed RIDE-APS, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) as the new Head of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) Network in Italy, in cooperation with the Municipality of Bologna, promotes initiatives on mutual respect and evaluation ofcollective identities, focusing on new generations and Euro-Mediterranean dialogue. After reading the inaugural message of the Latin Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem, Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Minister Angelino Alfano gave way to the discussion, with the active participation of two hundred young students.

Hon. Leoluca Orlando (Mayor of Palermo), followed by Salvatore Martinez (President of the Observatory), Don Carmelo Torcivia (Archdiocese of Palermo), Prof. Pietro Lo Iacono (Law Dept., LUMSA), and the three founders of RIDE-APS - Prof. Francesca Corrao (author of the book "Islam, State, and Modernity" Ed. Palgrave, Orestiadi Foundation), Prof. Giuseppe Giliberti (Urbino University, and Ed. Cisalpino, and Dr. Enrico Molinaro (President, Mediterranean Perspectives, Secretary General of the RIDE-APS and Conference Chairman), - discussed with the representatives from the University of Palermo (Department of Psychological, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences), LUMSA, Salesiani Don Bosco (Liceo of the human sciences "Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile"), Fondazione Orestiadi, and the research institute IEMEST. The initiative, in light of the successful organization by RIDE-APS of the ALF Advisory Council’s annual meeting at the Treccani Encyclopaedia in Rome on September 11, 2017, and the “Intercultural Trends Analysis and Media Observatory” ALF meeting at Sala Zuccari of the Italian Senate on September 12, 2017, shows the continuity of the RIDE-APS’s shared projects to relaunch the Italian ALF network.