M.E.P. Italia is a cultural, non-political, non-profit association established in Modena in September 1996. It is connected to a European network of M.E.P. organizations and High Schools promoting the project at a national and international level. The association is based in Modena (Via A. Tagliazucchi 46, 41121) and registered to the Albo Provinciale dell’Associazionismo e Volontariato (Leggi Regionali n.10/1995 and n.3/1999).
M.E.P Italia places itself as a contact point for High Schools interested in further qualifying their activities within a European framework. We provide a meeting place for young people who seek to experience intercultural exchange and who consider cosmopolitanism as a value and an educational objective to be pursued.
The Association is composed of teachers, University and High School students who voluntarily assist the organization of the activities and of all of those who wish to promote a European dimension of education through a concrete experience of research and democratic debate. Furthermore, local, national and European institutions support our projects.
Through the last 20 years of activity, the Association has built an extensive European network of partners as well as local networks of M.E.P. schools in Italy. On an annual basis, these collaborations result in two international sessions in various European cities, several Euroregional Sessions, one Italian national session and 8 city-wide and/or regional sessions from Veneto to Campania. Currently, more than a thousand Italian young people enthusiastically partake in this project.
As a proof of the Association’s formative value, in 2000 the former Head of State Carlo Azeglio Ciampi awarded the association and its organizers with the Medaglia d’Argento del Presidente della Repubblica (Silver medal of the President of the Republic), one of the highest honors granted to organizations conducting cultural activities.