UfM meetings bringing all partners together, says Fule

Ministerial ones resumed, those on SMEs and industry soon

07 February, 17:51

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 7 - A 'revitalized' Union for the Mediterranean is finally managing to bring all regional partners together, EU neighborhood chief Stefan Fule underscored on Friday during the presentation of the annual European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)report at the European Parliament. ''Regional challenges require regional solutions,'' Fule said, noting that the European Union is putting forth a great deal of effort in this direction, benefiting from closer relations with the Arab Maghreb Union and as part of the 5+5 Dialogue (the Mediterranean forum including Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Malta alongside Libya, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia).

    ''Meetings of high-level Union for the Mediterranean officials,'' said the EU neighborhood policy chief, ''are held regularly and Palestinians, Israelis, Turks and Libyans take part, without even taking into account that the systematic involvement of the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank and the League of Arab States.'' ''Since September 2013, there have also been ministerial meetings on several issues, from women's roles to transport and energy, and there will soon be one on industry,'' Fule announced. Summing up, the European commissioner underscored that there are currently ''twenty-two small and large UfM projects'', while the aim now will be ''to ensure that the largest number of citizens possible benefit''. (ANSAmed).

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