In 2002, Transmadrid came up with the idea of creating the Mediterranean Institute for Cooperation (MIC) in Dubrovnik. The project, still getting ready to be launched, it is a difficult ambition that has been confirmed, however, as a highly topical and clearly necessary matter.
There is no doubt that this project would strengthen the philosophy which has guided the Transmadrid founders over the past 50 years.
The creation of the MIC (Mediteranean Institute for Cooperation) would mean that even with the limitations of traditional business management and possible successes, an institute of public interest could be created during the lifetime of a company and its founders. The basic premise of the MIC would not mean any profit, but it would aim the full independence and freedom to expose their member’s opinions and decisions.
This fact requires that the future founders of the Mediterranean Institute for Cooperation are willing to recognize these values and to identify themselves with those, while remembering that a project like this requires considerable financial means which are not easy to achieve without other interests as well. That is why the challenge is even greater.
Living in a increasingly dynamic and unpredictable world and is however well organized by satellite telecommunication systems, the need of having a methodology to predict future events is obvious and legitimate. Also, in areas that may experience, or have already experienced a major socio-demographic or socio-political change, it has not only had a local but a global impact. The developed world, particularly the European Union countries, is getting better and economically and democratically more prosperous. But it is not “a forever strawberry field” as John Lennon dreamed and sang in the 60′s.
Destroying ideological barriers through the fall of the communist system, which was symbolically represented by the Berlin Wall fall in 1989, has not closed past “scars”. There are new and great differences between the liberal and mercantilist capitalism which cannot replace those ideologies that failed, nor is able to create new doctrines to replace them.
The major religions, through their representatives, are entrenched in positions more fundamentalist every day. The democratic system itself, rather than agreeing policy alternatives, is creating new ghosts represented by radical nationalism.
Political leaders are empty of content in their speeches and unable to contribute with original ideas. Thus risking their political careers, they use the instruments previously known as inefficient.
As consequences of these trends we are witnessing the collapse of global financial and economic system, creating a culture of social confrontations and wars.
In 1993, the director of Transmadrid published an article under the title “Kosmar Pred Vratima Raja” (Chaos at the paradise gates) whose content was published more than 15 years ago and already warned about the uncertainties and dangers that lay ahead us:
«Since the Berlin Wall fall, many of the promises of the new world system have not been fulfilled. Those which had nothing have become even poorer, while some of the new countries have become prisoners of war. Those who won are going through painful political processes and terrible economic experiences. Europe has changed its costume but we are holding a rotten apples basket, America turns to Asia, and all long for China, despite its ideological confusion.
What has actually happened and what has changed in the meantime? The world has released the balance of fear imposed by Henry Kissinger as a strategic philosophy and an untouchable political religion. But the liberalization of nuclear threats has been quickly overtaken by new problems: fatigue, impotence and indecision.
The blocks are no longer threatened, but this situation has not brought a new era of peace and stability,y democracy, open markets or prosperity.
The desire of the West is to take its toll immediately and simultaneously the “welfare society” cannot pay the endless bills that has generated. Currently, U.S. strategists do not have time for long-term analysis, so they seek “instant answers” using virtual money and giving value to the paper. Meanwhile, the dignified old lady proud Europe sleeps and in that half-sleep dreams of controlling a common strength market. However, Europe is left with a basket of rotten apples (recession, unemployment, internal conflicts, terrorism threats and endless wars).
Is a New world, is a new uncertaintie. The stakes are enormous: Change or death. And the compass needle trembles from port to starboard, without a definitive course.
The aim of, both politically and economically underdevelopment the African continent is suffering, the starvation of its population, the lack of capital and the need to expand their markets into new ones, the migration processes driven by unavoidable circumstances and the imperfection of democratic processes in the countries without this tradition, as well as those who are going through a transitional stage, are all factors that create a series of new and unknown trends in the world. In this context, the Mediterranean countries, which were cradles of modern civilization and as such should be the key indicator of the direction for many solutions, are one of the world’s most explosive and unpredictable countries. The radical forms increasingly imposed in the global social scenario are introduced inside of the political life, what represents a latent bomb. The financial and economic global crisis and the undoubted incapacity of the existing ideologies to find solutions do nothing but powdering this explosive situation.
For this reason, there is an increasing need for more dialogue as the only civilized solution, coupled with the critical confrontation of opinions, but subject to the need to understanding and accepting differences on behalf of the common good».
For its 50 years of existence, Transmadrid has always been guided by the need for cooperation and the idea of overcoming differences and difficulties. We always look at the differences complementarily and adding value, trying to prove that this position is not only ethical, but also leads to success. We have built small bridges of cooperation that perhaps pave the way to a more broader and more ambitious one, which could become a reality through the Mediterranean Institute for Cooperation.
The Mediterranean has not only always been the birthplace and place of development of different civilizations, but maybe because of it, an area where there were different traditions. Dubrovnik, a city with 15 centuries of history, is one of the most ancient Mediterranean cities. Dubrovnik is not only a symbol of the Croatian coast, but also a universal symbol, one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean. As a city protected by UNESCO, Dubrovnik is a synthesis of historical tradition, trade, diplomacy and politics. A city that historically has retained its independence despite the sustained economic and political influences due to its strategic location.
Because of its geographical position (it is in the middle of areas of influence in Central Europe, southeast Europe and the Balkans), the medieval Dubrovnik became a single meeting point of ideas, people and goods. The establishment of a Hispanic-Muslim bipolar world, in the turning point between two great epochs of history, the city-state of Dubrovnik has not only brought economic and spiritual benefits, but also the sovereignty and a privileged position in which it was feasible to seek dialogue between opposing parties.
A new era of unknown challenges that will be needed before the new strength and new illusions are being opened just in front of Transmadrid. We hope that these illusions are still in the right way to look for new ways in which the historical, cultural, religious and economic differences appear not as a way of conflict and destruction, but as the chance for the foundation of a better world.