European Union External Action

High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini co-chairs the Second Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean

On Monday, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will co-chair, together with Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, the second edition of the Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in Barcelona. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will also participate. The two-day Forum will gather 43 delegations from the members of the UfM and observers and will take place in the UfM headquarters, in the presence of the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and other invitees such as the League of Arab States, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM, ARLEM, EBRD, EIB and the EESC. The theme of the Forum this year is "Mediterranean in Action: Youth for stability and Development", centering around youth's potential as driving force for stability and development and discussing perspectives for strengthening cooperation, synergies and complementarities between main stakeholders towards a better future for the Euro-Mediterranean region. The first day of the Forum will consist of a Ministerial meeting, followed by a press conference, the inauguration of the Forum and an open conference with participation of the civil society, in particular business associations, universities and local authorities' representatives. The second day will consist of panels and a closing session. Audio-visual coverage of the Forum will be available on EbS.

(For more information: Nabila Massrali  – Tel.: + 32 229-69218; Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229-86570; Lauranne Devillé – Tel.: +32 229-80833; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229-64887)