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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  • 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
  • 19/04/2015
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini on the capsizing of a migrants' boat in the Mediterranean sea Statement of the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini on the capsizing of a migrants' boat in the Mediterranean sea <p>We have said too many times 'never again'. Now is time for the European Union as such to tackle these tragedies without delay.</p> 04/19/2015 12:44:42 04/19/2015 12:44:42 04/19/2015 12:44:42 04/07/2016 12:44:42 2015041912 090126248f1c4f02 N 090126248f1c4f02 /statements-eeas/2015/150419_01_en.htm 4716 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150419_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150419_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150419_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini on the capsizing of a migrants' boat in the Mediterranean sea
  • 18/04/2015
    Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the situation in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the situation in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria <p>The EU is seriously concerned at the continued deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Syria.</p> 04/18/2015 17:32:31 04/18/2015 17:32:31 04/18/2015 17:32:31 04/06/2016 17:32:31 2015041817 090126248f1c4e79 N 090126248f1c4e79 /statements-eeas/2015/150418_01_en.htm 5428 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150418_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150418_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150418_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the situation in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria
  • 16/04/2015
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/04/2016 15:12:22 2015041615 090126248f18e777 N 090126248f18e777 /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm 7419 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace
  • 13/04/2015
    Remarks by the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini at the Press conference of the Informal Ministerial meeting with Southern ENP partners on the future of European Neighbourhood Policy, Barcelona Remarks by the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini at the Press conference of the Informal Ministerial meeting with Southern ENP partners on the future of European Neighbourhood Policy, Barcelona <p>I would like to thank the Minister and the Government of Spain for the initiative, for the hospitality, for the excellent initiative and the hospitality.</p> 04/13/2015 23:38:53 04/13/2015 23:38:53 04/13/2015 23:38:53 04/01/2016 23:38:53 2015041323 090126248f0fdcb6 N 090126248f0fdcb6 /statements-eeas/2015/150413_02_en.htm 9869 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150413_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150413_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150413_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by the High Representative and Vice-president Federica Mogherini at the Press conference of the Informal Ministerial meeting with Southern ENP partners on the future of European Neighbourhood Policy, Barcelona

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