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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation and Union for the Mediterranean seek to give fresh impetus to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation
11/03/2020
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, and the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean Nasser Kamel, agreed on Wednesday to give a new boost to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, now that the conference set in motion by the Barcelona Process, the predecessor to the Union for the Mediterranean, is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in November. They both stated that, beyond mere symbolism, the 25th anniversary should serve to give fresh impetus to cooperation in the Mediterranean basin at a political, economic and cultural level.

During the course of the interview, and as an example of the firm support that Spain offers to the Union for the Mediterranean, the minister and the secretary-general signed a memorandum of understanding for institutional cooperation between the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Spanish acronym: AECID) and the Secretariat-General of the Union for the Mediterranean. This meeting, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, also allowed Minister González Laya and Secretary-General Kamel to share their respective visions of the complex situation in the Mediterranean region at this time and the multiple challenges it faces.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), an inter-governmental organisation with headquarters in Barcelona, is made up of all the Member States of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partners from North Africa, the Middle East and southeast Europe. Its goal is to promote stability and the integration of the whole Mediterranean basin, an issue that is also a priority for Spanish foreign policy.

 

 

 


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