Latifa Aït-Baala

Latifa Aït-Baala

Description:

Senior Adviser ( North Africa and Relationship with Belgian Authorities)

Latifa Aït-Baala is a French citizen from Morocco. A specialist in International law and European affairs, she is currently the President of the Liberal Institute for Training and Culture and President of EuroMed-CDC (EuroMediterranean Centre for Cooperation and Civil Diplomacy). She also she has been Vice-president of the Mouvement Réformateur -International (Belgian liberal party).

Previously, she has worked for twelve years as a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament, at the Belgian Federal Parliament and at  the  Belgian Senate.

Mrs Aït-Baala holds a master’s in Law at Pierre Mendès University (France).  She also holds a DESS certificates in European and International Studies and DEA certificates in gender studies from Switzerland.

In her early career, she has been committed to human rights and international issues. She started as a trainee at the UN Human Rights Secretariat in Geneva and brought her expertise notably to the European Women's Lobby, the Migrant's Forum of the European Union and ICMC.

She produced different reports, such as "50 years of international law and immigration" for ICMC (International Catholic Church for Migrations) or "The legal obstacles to migrants women on the labor market in the European Community", she made different written contributions on immigration, women, development or Islam and she co-produced film-documentaries ("Illegal immigration to Europe", "Children from Agadir in Belgium:  years later" and "the Western Sahara conflict"

From her immigration experience Mrs Aït-Baala felt the necessity to bring bridges and expertise between the Northern and the Southern parts of the Mediterranea, between Europe and Africa, and fights for promoting civil and political rights in both parts.

She is politically involved with the liberals in Belgium and started her first European campaign in 2003 with Louis Michel and Daniel Ducarme, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Brussels' Region. She was a candidate for European elections in 2014.

She considers her experience as an added-value for both continents and launched EuroMed-CDC with other Euro-Mediterranean citizens who are aware of the role they can play in the promotion and the development of a pacified area in the Northern and Southern Mediterranean parts based on democracy, human rights and civil liberties. EUROMED-CDC organizes international conferences, conducts studies and produces educational tools.

 Within ADNE, Latifa Aït-Baala is a representative for North Africa. Together with the President, she coordinates the relationship between ADNE and Belgian authorities.