About: Mediterranean

Development Policy 03-09-2021

Ministers call for OSCE-type conference for the Mediterranean

The 2015-2016 refugee crisis must not repeat itself in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, foreign ministers of Mediterranean countries stressed at Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September), calling for more cooperation in the region.
Global Europe 09-08-2021

Hundreds of migrants find safe port in Italy

More than 250 migrants disembarked in Sicily on Saturday (7 August) from an NGO rescue ship, while another vessel carrying around 550 people was given permission to land on the Italian island.
Global Europe 02-08-2021

NGO ships rescue over 400 people from Mediterranean

Three NGOs said Sunday (1 August) that they rescued more than 400 people trying to cross the Mediterranean overnight after their boat ran into trouble.
Agrifood 15-02-2021

France’s management of fish stock positive except in Mediterranean

Though the French institute for sea exploitation known as Ifremer appeared optimistic when presenting its 2020 report on the state of fish populations caught in France, they, however, called for continued efforts, particularly in the Mediterranean where the situation is more worrying. EURACTIV France reports.

EU signs €100m drone contract with Airbus and Israeli arms firms

Airbus and two Israeli arms companies received €100 million to fly unmanned drones over the Mediterranean that will be used to identify boats loaded with migrants trying to reach Europe, according to the Guardian. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Cities & regions 31-08-2020

French and Italian organisations partner up to fight flood risks in Mediterranean

The Proterina-3Evolution project has gathered fourteen Italian and French partners from the coastal region to fight against flood risks together, as they share the same risks and benefit from the same support fund, EURACTIV France reports.

Migrants return to EU after virus-linked slump

UPDATE: Migration into Europe increased sharply in May following a record low in illegal border crossings the previous month linked to the coronavirus pandemic, Europe's border protection agency said on Wednesday (17 June), giving revised and updated figures.
Europe's East 18-06-2020

It is time for the EU to build security partnerships with its neighbours

As the EU is discussing the way to develop the Eastern Partnership policy for the decade ahead, it is time for the EU to finally become more ambitious about the security dimension of this partnership, three former Eastern Partnership foreign...
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
22-05-2020

Covid-19 in the Mediterranean – is ‘Team Europe’ getting it right in the South?

The EU is starting to 'think neighbourhood' before global. But what does this mean for countries in the Middle East and North Africa, asks Michael Benhamou.

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".

Rescue group, EU officials dispute fate of 85 sea migrants

Europe's coast guards and rescue agencies were at loggerheads Monday (13 April) about the fate of four dinghies and up to 85 migrants potentially lost at sea after setting off from Libya.
Global Europe 13-04-2020

UNHCR alarm over dozens of missing migrants in Mediterranean

The UN refugee agency expressed alarm Sunday (12 April) about the fate of dozens of migrants whose rubber dinghies appear to have capsized after setting sail from Libya for Italy.

Malta says it can no longer rescue, accept migrants

Malta can no longer guarantee the rescue of migrants or allow their disembarkation during the coronavirus emergency, the Malta government said on Thursday (9 April).
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU warns Turkey off Mediterranean gas exploration plans

The European Union has urged Turkey to drop plans to drill for oil and gas around Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, saying such exploration was "illegal".

Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.

Germany’s conservative interior minister now a ‘refugee saviour’

Today, Germany's conservative interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is travelling to Athens to prevent a situation like the 2015 refugee crisis to happen again. He is using the opportunity to work on his image as a 'problem-solver' and is even seeking Turkey's help. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Five EU states agree migration deal, look for broader backing

Interior ministers from five European Union countries said on Monday (23 September) they had agreed a new scheme to distribute migrants saved from the Mediterranean in a deal aimed at relieving the pressure on southern EU states.
Agrifood 04-09-2019

Climate change will dramatically devalue farmland in southern Europe, EU agency reveals

According to the EU Environment Agency, climate change could turn the entire EU agribusiness upside down, as crop productivity in the Mediterranean countries is expected to drop while northern and western regions may experience more suitable conditions for agriculture intensification.

SOS Méditerranée relaunches migrant rescue missions off Libya

Humanitarian group SOS Méditerranée said Sunday (21 July) it has relaunched rescue efforts off Libya seven months after it abandoned operations using its ship Aquarius and despite a refusal by European ports to accept the migrants.

Commission unmoved by accusations of ‘crimes against humanity’

The European Commission defended on Monday (3 June) its track record of saving lives in the Mediterranean, faced with accusations of "“crimes against humanity” substantiated in a 245-page report by international lawyers, brought before the International Criminal Court.
Global Europe 22-05-2019

Barnier urges Ankara to show restraint in Cyprus drilling spat

The European Union on Monday (20 May) called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.
Energy 12-03-2019

Local and geopolitics intrude in Israel’s attempt to supply Europe with gas

Israel is moving quickly with the help of the US in a bid to transform Europe’s energy market. But geopolitics – and a large dose of local activism – could change the economic calculation for the EastMed pipeline, writes Joseph Dana.
Global Europe 11-02-2019

Ennahdha politician: Tunisia deserves enhanced neighbourly relations with the EU

The EU needs to adapt its approach vis-à-vis the different partner countries in the Mediterranean, and pay more attention to his country, which he described as a “success story”, a Tunisian politician visiting Brussels told EURACTIV.