Euromed: CBC, Italy demands entry of Morocco, Algeria, Libya

Del Panta (Foreign Ministry), ENPI Programme weak otherwise

18 July, 12:11

(ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 18 - The Italian government believes Algeria, Morocco and Libya should enter the ENPI CBC MED programme, Marco del Panta of the Foreign Ministry said today, the second day of a conference on the medium term of the plan at the Rome headquarters of Italian business association Confindustria. The multilateral, cross-border cooperation programme is financed by the European Union through its European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

Foreign Undersecretary Marta Dassu' had stressed yesterday, referring to Libya, that the issue is crucial.

"The results of the ENPI Programme are positive and there are several strengths in the plan", noted Del Panta, though its weak spot is the absence of these countries.

The Mediterranean is and will remain the priority of the Italian government, he said. "In the second semester of 2014, Italy will hold the rotating presidency", concluded Del Panta.

"One thing is certain, the Med will be at the centre of our presidency". (ANSAmed).