Who are CGLEM

Universal Freemasonry and its intellectual property are less and less taken into account in the current times of constant movement and unclear future prospects.

We find ourselves in a new world order, characterized by capitalism and egomania, in which the good of the community is not put before the well-being of individuals.

These processes also led to diverging developments in the world-wide Freemasonry.

In fact, current developments, as well as religious conflicts in the Middle Eastern world, are leading to strong tensions between the peoples of the earth.

In addition to the resulting migration and the associated humanitarian aspects, mankind has now to face another challenge with the blurring of borders.

Where limits were once set with blood, these are obsolete under present aspects, practically no longer available in Europe.

So we are all in the middle of a newly created economic and cultural space, dealing with it does not always seem easy.

In this complex age of constantly changing conditions, Freemasonry must learn to face it, deal with it and find well-founded answers.

It must, therefore, be our goal to preserve the original and so valuable writings, rules and values, as well as the related spiritual context, invented centuries ago by intellectuals and more relevant in content than ever, and to establish them in the 21st century.

This can only succeed if each of us expands our own horizons and leads a discourse that corresponds to the dimensions of today’s world order.

The Confederation of the Grand Lodges of Europe and the Mediterranean has emerged from this environment to be able to cope with the challenges of the coming decades.

It is our credo to live up to these requirements, to be able to respond even more with the right concepts. We want to connect, not separate, so we have laid the foundations for this in a mutual recognition charter.

As an organization, we are in a growth process. In addition to regional growth in our country lodges, ongoing enlargement negotiations are also underway with various countries.

At present, the Confederation Presidency is represented by Austria, which is currently also leading the enlargement negotiations.

The great pillars of Freemasonry: Freedom, equality, fraternity, coupled with tolerance and humanity are for us not relics of bygone times, but the claim, in times of technical progress also the moral and ethical progress the appropriate shoes to lend and to live.



The history of the confederation of the “United Grand Lodges of Europe and the Mediterranean” start at the beginning of the new millennium.

The origin was justified with the need to improve the Masonic basic idea and a return to the landmarks, which at that time were exposed to strong influence from the commercial side in many obediences.

Many Freemasons no longer wanted to follow this kind of lodge work, which was determined by politics and the influence of power. In many places, there was an exit or reorientation, it seemed necessary to construct a new roof.

Preserving the original form of Freemasonry and carefully adapting it to the current requirements of our time ultimately resulted in the foundation of the “Confederation of Grand Lodges of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe” in 2003.

The statutes of the new confederation CGLMES were finally ratified in Lisbon in 2006.

Soon new countries were integrated and it quickly became clear that in other parts of Europe and the Mediterranean there was also a need to restore Freemasonry to its original face with short adjustments that allow a connection with our modern life.

Around five years after the Confederation was founded, it became necessary to adapt the external appearance to the current requirements, which gave rise to the term “Confederation of Europe and the Mediterranean”, CGLEM for short.

Grand Lodges


An association of grand lodges in the Mediterranean area and Southern Europe.


National Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Italy 1805


Grand Masonic Lodge of Portugal


Grande Loge Traditionnelle & Moderne de France


Gran Oriente de Espana


Regular Grand Lodge of the Freemasons of Greece


National Grand Lodge of Bulgaria


Grand Masonic Lodge of Serbia


Grand Masonic Lodge of Austria


Grande Loge Nationale Marocaine


Grand Lodge of New Enlightment of Romania


Grand Lodge Jerusalem of Ancient and Accepted Freemasons in the State of Israel


Source: cglem.org/grand-lodges/
July 2022

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