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Politics 08-10-2020

Better future for the Euro-Mediterranean region continues to inspire

Twenty-five years ago, the Barcelona Process was launched in an effort to construct a zone of shared prosperity around the Euro-Mediterranean area. President of the Committee of the Regions Apostolos Tzitzikostas looks at the progress made and challenges left to overcome.
Med & South 07-01-2010

Arab diplomat to lead EU’s ‘Club Med’

Paris has confirmed that a Jordanian is set to become the first secretary-general of the Union of the Mediterranean, the EU regional project launched in 2008 under the French EU Presidency, the Spanish press reports.
Med & South 15-04-2009

France’s Club Med plan ‘half-frozen’

Nine months after French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the Union for the Mediterranean, little seems to have actually happened. Robert del Picchia, a French senator and member of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, explained why in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Enlargement 06-11-2008

Spain strikes diplomatic victory with MedUnion seat

After a four-month diplomatic struggle, foreign ministers agreed that Barcelona would host the headquarters of the newly-created Union for the Mediterranean, sought by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to foster cooperation between the EU and its southern and Middle Eastern neighbours and ultimately establish a Euro-Mediterranean free trade area by 2010.
Med & South 14-07-2008

Paris summit inaugurates ‘Mediterranean Union’

Heads of state from 43 countries launched the Mediterranean Union on Sunday, breathing life into a project dear to French President Nicolas Sarkozy which initially drew heavy criticism from his European partners.
Global Europe 11-07-2008

Interview: Summit to delay big decisions on ‘Club Med’

The summit that will launch Nicolas Sarkozy's pet project of a Mediterranean Union in Paris this Sunday will be "a social event" for heads of state rather than a decision-making meeting, says Dorothée Schmid, a specialist in Euro-Mediterranean relations at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) in Paris. She spoke to EURACTIV France in an interview.
Global Europe 11-07-2008

Researcher: ‘Not clear’ who will finance Med Union projects

The summit that will launch Nicolas Sarkozy's pet project of a Mediterranean Union in Paris this Sunday will be "a social event" for heads of state rather than a decision-making meeting, says Dorothée Schmid, a specialist in Euro-Mediterranean relations at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) in Paris. She spoke to EURACTIV France in an interview.
Med & South 10-07-2008

The Barcelona Process and the Mediterranean Union: Possibilities for the future

The Union for the Mediterranean "constitutes an opportunity to relaunch Euro-Mediterranean integration," writes World Bank consultant Jean-François Jamet for the Fondation Robert Schuman.
Med & South 23-05-2008

EU foreign policy ‘undermined’ by flurry of national initiatives

Following France's example with the EuroMed proposal, Poland and Sweden are due to present an 'Eastern Initiative' at a meeting next week, in a move which diplomats warned could ruin the EU's patient efforts to craft a common external policy.
Enlargement 21-05-2008

Commission further waters down Med Union proposal

Not much is left of high-flying French plans for a 'Union for the Mediteranean' as the Commission yesterday presented its proposals on the initiative, allaying fears that it would be a closed club directed against Turkey.
Med & South 04-04-2008

EU to intensify relations with most ambitious neigbours

The Commission is to reward the best-performing countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with an upgrade in bilateral ties, including an increase in financial assistance, External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said at a press conference yesterday (3 April).
Enlargement 20-03-2008

Making sense of Sarkozy’s Union for the Mediterranean

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's initiative on the Mediterranean should be seen as "an opportunity to rationalise and revitalise" the EU's present policy towards the Mediterranean, which is stuck "in a condition of laborious lethargy", writes Michael Emerson from the Centre for European Studies (CEPS).
Med & South 14-03-2008

Summit approves ‘Union for the Mediterranean’

EU leaders have given the green light to a compromise, struck by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to create a 'Union for the Mediterranean', an initiative aimed at upgrading the EU's relations with its neighbours from North Africa and the Middle East.
Enlargement 05-03-2008

Germany and France reach agreement on Mediterranean Union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent support to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's desire to create a Mediterranean Union, receiving in exchange his assurance that it would be a project for all 27 member states.
Med & South 04-03-2008

Germany and France reach agreement on Mediterranean Union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent support to French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s idea for creating a Mediterranean Union, but in exchange received his assurance, that this will be project of all 27 member states.
Global Europe 12-11-2007

Mediterranean Union proposal ‘to focus on projects’

France has apparently switched to reverse gear over its controversial proposal to launch a Mediterranean Union, with one senior official saying it will focus on concrete projects and function on a purely voluntary basis. Turkey in particular had criticised the idea as offering a disguised alternative to full EU membership.
Med & South 20-06-2007

Sarkozy’s ‘unclear proposal’ on a Mediterranean Union

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal to create a ‘Union of the Mediterranean’ is not clear, especially on the nature and objectives of this new body, argue Michael Emerson and Nathalie Tocci from the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.
Med & South 07-09-2006

EU to help clean up Mediterranean Sea

The Commission has proposed an environmental strategy to fight pollution and environmental degradation in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Economy & Jobs 13-04-2005

Commission wants to boost education in EuroMed partnership

The Commission is proposing a 50% increase in EU funding for education as from 2007 as long as the EU's mediterranean partners commit to a series of measures such as to drive up reading standards and eliminate gender discrimination.
Med & South 15-11-2000

EU tries to relaunch Euro-Med cooperation

EU foreign ministers and their 12 Mediterranean counterparts will be meeting for a two-day Euro-Med Conference in Marseille