Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED)

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The Union for the Mediterranean promotes economic integration and democratic reform across 16 neighbours to the EU’s south in North Africa and the Middle East.

Formerly known as the Barcelona Process, cooperation agreements were re-launched in 2008 as the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Déclaration commune du sommet de Paris pour la Méditerranée - Paris, 13 juillet 2008Arabic.

The re-launch was an opportunity to render relations both more concrete and more visible with the initiation of new regional and sub-regional projects with real relevance for those living in the region. Projects address areas such as economy, environment, energy, health, migration and culture.

Along with the 28 EU member states, 15 Southern Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern countries are members of the UfM: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria (suspended), Tunisia and Turkey.

Currently meetings are co-presided over by one Mediterranean and one EU country. As of September 2010, the UfM also has a functional secretariat, based in Barcelona, a Secretary General and six deputy secretary generals.

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, governance from the EU side will be rearranged once the EEAS has been established.

The UfM has a number of key initiatives on its agenda:

  • the de-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, including coastal and protected marine areas;
  • the establishment of maritime and land highways that connect ports and improve rail connections so as to facilitate movement of people and goods;
  • a joint civil protection programme on prevention, preparation and response to natural and man-made disasters;
  • a Mediterranean solar energy plan that explores opportunities for developing alternative energy sources in the region;
  • a Euro-Mediterranean University, inaugurated in Slovenia in June 2008;
  • the Mediterranean Business Development Initiative, which supports small businesses operating in the region by first assessing their needs and then providing technical assistance and access to finance.

 


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  • 20/04/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council and Joint EU Ministerial Meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council and Joint EU Ministerial Meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers 04/20/2015 21:52:04 04/20/2015 21:52:04 04/20/2015 21:52:04 04/08/2016 21:52:04 2015042021 090126248f23ee03 N 090126248f23ee03 /statements-eeas/2015/150420_04_en.htm 11244 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150420_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150420_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150420_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council and Joint EU Ministerial Meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers
  • 20/04/2015
    Council conclusions on Yemen
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    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council 04/20/2015 12:08:08 04/20/2015 12:08:08 04/20/2015 12:08:08 04/08/2016 12:08:08 2015042012 090126248f22db62 N 090126248f22db62 /statements-eeas/2015/150420_02_en.htm 11558 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150420_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150420_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150420_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council
  • 20/04/2015
    Statement of the spokesperson on the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh in Libya Statement of the spokesperson on the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh in Libya <p>The purported murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh in Libya demonstrates once again that terrorists stop at nothing in their attempts to create religious divides.</p> 04/20/2015 00:29:14 04/20/2015 00:29:14 04/20/2015 00:29:14 04/08/2016 00:29:14 2015042000 090126248f1c4f57 N 090126248f1c4f57 /statements-eeas/2015/150420_01en.htm 4659 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150420_01en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150420_01en_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the spokesperson on the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh in Libya
  • 19/04/2015
    Press release on the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini's meeting with Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Press release on the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini's meeting with Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi <p>The HRVP Federica Mogherini had today a meeting with the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi after the new tragedy of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean.</p> 04/19/2015 17:53:09 04/19/2015 17:53:09 04/19/2015 17:53:09 04/07/2016 17:53:09 2015041917 090126248f1c4f46 N 090126248f1c4f46 /statements-eeas/2015/150419_03_en.htm 3736 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150419_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150419_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150419_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Press release on the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini's meeting with Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

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