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2008/2231(INI) Relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET NAPOLETANO Pasqualina (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion INTA ARIF Kader (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion AFCO MÉNDEZ DE VIGO Íñigo (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion FEMM
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2009/03/18
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2009/02/19
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2009/02/19
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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The European Parliament adopted, by 521 votes to 44 with 13 abstentions, a resolution on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.

The resolution considers that this process, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Summit for the Mediterranean held in Paris on 13 July 2008, contributes towards peace and prosperity and that it will constitute a step towards economic and regional integration as well as ecological and climatic cooperation between the Mediterranean countries. Plenary expresses its concern for the recrudescence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has already affected the political dialogue among the partners of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. Parliament hopes that the cooperation will gather pace again as soon as possible, making its contribution to the shared goal of peace in the Middle East.

Institutional aspect of the Union of the Mediterranean : Parliament considers that the Secretariat will be able to demonstrate major potential for revitalising Euro‑Mediterranean relations thanks to its operational capacity and the political value of its composition. It agrees that, from an EU perspective, the co presidency must be compatible with the external representation of the EU in accordance with the Treaty provisions in force and hopes in this regard, on the assumption that the Treaty of Lisbon will enter into force, that the European Union will ensure consistency and continuity in its representation in the new institutions of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Clarify projects and strengthen financing : Parliament points out that the projects financed within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean should be supported by funding from the Community, from partner states and from private financing. It reiterates their support for the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Investment Bank . Pending review of the financial perspective, MEPs state that the European Union’s share of funding for Mediterranean projects, while guaranteed, must not be to the detriment of the Euro-Mediterranean regional projects already in progress or scheduled. They hope that Parliament will be regularly updated on the stage reached in projects.

Reinforce democratic legitimacy of the Union for the Mediterranean : overall, Parliament supports the decision to bring a strong parliamentary dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean, thereby reinforcing its democratic legitimacy, however this should be further consolidated and its work better articulated with that of the other institutions of the Partnership, with the possibility being envisaged of granting it legal personality and entitling it to propose and assess economic and regional integration strategies and projects and allowing it to make recommendations to the meetings of foreign affairs ministers. It emphasises the need to include regional and local authorities in the new institutional framework as well as members of the civil society. Parliament underlines that participation in the Union for the Mediterranean does not constitute an alternative to enlargement of the EU and does not affect the accession prospects of any current or future candidate state.

Extend the scope of action : Parliament requests that all member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are able to access the regional programmes already provided for under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. It stresses the need for an extensive overhaul of Euro-Mediterranean policy as a whole that strengthens its political dimension . It also takes the view that the issues of peace and security, human rights and democracy, and cultural cooperation, must be addressed via the Euro-Mediterranean dimension. According to the Parliament, the Union for the Mediterranean should step up existing forms of cooperation under EuroMed in order to provide all partner countries with the chance of participating in the Union’s regional programmes and corresponding policies on the basis of priorities and objectives set by mutual agreement, pointing to the importance of extending the scope of Community programmes to include participation by partner countries, not least in the fields of education, research and professional training (student exchanges, etc.). In order to attain the ambitious objectives of the Barcelona Process, it is necessary rapidly to extend the areas of cooperation to cover water management, agriculture, food security, energy, professional training, culture, health, tourism, etc. Cooperation should also be sought in the area of energy.

Ease regional tension : Parliament hopes that the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean relations will provide a boost to the development of an area of peace and prosperity. This aim can only be achieved through negotiated and comprehensive settlement of the conflicts in the region. Parliament believes that the EU must assume the role of leadership in the resolution of those conflicts by winning the confidence of all parties involved. Against this background, it welcomes the call made in the Marseilles Declaration to the parties concerned to endeavour to implement a process of gradual demilitarisation and disarmament of the Middle East with a view, in particular, to creating an area free of nuclear armaments and weapons of mass destruction.

Reinforcing the Human Rights aspect of the Barcelona Process : Parliament reiterates the importance of promoting human rights and the rule of law. It considers that, in order to ease tensions around the Mediterranean, intercultural and inter societal understanding among its peoples must be improved and it calls on all the parties concerned to further and promote respect for freedom of religion and belief and for minority rights and hope that a joint policy-making and institutional framework will be defined that facilitates greater mutual cooperation in the pinpointing of problems and in the search for common solutions .

Joint migration policies : Parliament calls on the different partners to inject fresh vigour into the management of joint migration policies in order to better harness human resources and exchanges between the peoples of the Mediterranean while also eschewing a ‘security-first’ approach. It considers that immigration issues must focus on the possibilities for legal migration, the combating of illegal migratory flows, on smoother integration of immigrant groups and on the exercising of the right of asylum. It highlights the importance of there being close cooperation and a spirit of joint responsibility between the Member States of the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean countries. Parliament urges the European Union and Member States to verify that human rights and fundamental freedoms are being fully respected in detention centres.

Fight poverty and reinforce exchanges : Parliament considers that all areas of cooperation should be covered. It also considers that, in order to permit the creation of a mutually beneficial Euro Mediterranean free trade area, the economic and commercial initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean must favour the economic growth of the region, help improve its integration into the world economy and contribute to reducing the development gap between the Northern and Southern Mediterranean, whilst boosting social cohesion.

Documents
2009/02/19
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2009/02/18
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2008/12/12
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2008/12/12
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Documents
2008/12/08
   CSL - Resolution/conclusions adopted by Council
2008/12/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2008/12/02
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2008/12/02
   EP - Vote in committee
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report drafted by Pasqualina NAPOLETANO (PES, IT) on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean. The committee considers that this process, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Summit for the Mediterranean held in Paris on 13 July 2008, contributes towards peace and prosperity and that it will constitute a step towards economic and regional integration as well as ecological and climatic cooperation between the Mediterranean countries. It points out that opening up the process to countries not involved in the partnership increases the likelihood of establishing parity in relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean partner countries and of tackling the problems of the region in a comprehensive way.

MEPs consider it necessary, however, for the strategic value of Euro-Mediterranean relations and the Barcelona Process acquis, including the involvement of civil society, to be reaffirmed in the shape of regional and sub-regional programmes and common guidelines for bilateral cooperation. MEPs call on the Council and the Commission in this respect to ensure the cohesion of European Union action, especially with regard to possible institutional developments (in particular the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as Vice-President of the Commission) and the utilisation of the Community budget.

Clarify projects and strengthen financing : MEPs point out that the projects financed within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean should be supported by funding from the Community, from partner states and from private financing. They reiterate their support for the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Investment Bank . Pending review of the financial perspective, MEPs state that the European Union’s share of funding for Mediterranean projects, while guaranteed, must not be to the detriment of the Euro-Mediterranean regional projects already in progress or scheduled. They hope that Parliament will be regularly updated on the stage reached in projects.

Reinforce democratic legitimacy of the Union for the Mediterranean : overall, MEPs support the decision to bring a strong parliamentary dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean, thereby reinforcing its democratic legitimacy, however this should be further consolidated and its work better articulated with that of the other institutions of the Partnership, with the possibility being envisaged of granting it legal personality and entitling it to propose and assess economic and regional integration strategies and projects and allowing it to make recommendations to the meetings of foreign affairs ministers. They emphasise the need to include regional and local authorities in the new institutional framework as well as members of the civil society.

Extend the scope of action : MEPs request that all member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are able to access the regional programmes already provided for under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

They stress the need for an extensive overhaul of Euro-Mediterranean policy as a whole that strengthens its political dimension . They take the view that the issues of peace and security, human rights and democracy, and cultural cooperation, must be addressed via the Euro-Mediterranean dimension. According to MEPs, the Union for the Mediterranean should step up existing forms of cooperation under EuroMed in order to provide all partner countries with the chance of participating in the Union’s regional programmes and corresponding policies on the basis of priorities and objectives set by mutual agreement, pointing to the importance of extending the scope of Community programmes to include participation by partner countries, not least in the fields of education, research and professional training (student exchanges, etc.). In order to attain the ambitious objectives of the Barcelona Process, it is necessary rapidly to extend the areas of cooperation to cover water management, agriculture, food security, energy, professional training, culture, health, tourism, etc.

They strongly support the environmental dimension of the Barcelona Process and the related initiatives and projects, such as the new Euro-Mediterranean initiative for the de-pollution of the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean Project for Solar Energy.

Ease regional tension : MEPs hope that the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean relations will provide a boost to the development of an area of peace and prosperity. This aim can only be achieved through negotiated and comprehensive settlement of the conflicts in the region. MEPs believe that the EU must assume the role of leadership in the resolution of those conflicts by winning the confidence of all parties involved. They stress the need to formally maintain cooperation in the field of combating international terrorism, drugs trafficking, organised crime and the trafficking of human beings and welcome the call made in the Marseilles Declaration to the parties concerned to endeavour to implement a process of gradual demilitarisation and disarmament of the Middle East with a view, in particular, to creating an area free of nuclear armaments and weapons of mass destruction.

Reinforcing the Human Rights aspect of the Barcelona Process : MEPs reiterate the importance of promoting human rights and the rule of law. They call for an assessment of what has been achieved so far and for adjustment of the instruments implemented under the partnership. They urge the Commission to set precise criteria for eligibility of those instruments, including as regards other international organisations such as the Council of Europe, and to put in place an effective system to monitor their implementation. In that connection, they call on all the parties concerned to further and promote respect for freedom of religion and belief and for minority rights and hope that a joint policy-making and institutional framework will be defined that facilitates greater mutual cooperation in the pinpointing of problems and in the search for common solutions. The Council and the Commission are called upon to enshrine the promotion of human rights and democracy in the objectives of this new initiative, to further strengthen the implementation of existing mechanisms such as the human rights clause contained in the Association agreements and the setting-up of subcommittees on human rights, and to create a mechanism for the implementation of that clause in the new generation of agreements and the ENP bilateral Action Plans. They emphasise that the instruments for promoting human rights available under the European Neighbourhood Policy must be exploited to the full, guaranteeing greater political cohesion between the European institutions.

Joint migration policies : MEPs call on the different partners to inject fresh vigour into the management of joint migration policies in order to better harness human resources and exchanges between the peoples of the Mediterranean while also eschewing a ‘security-first’ approach. They consider that immigration issues must focus on the possibilities for legal migration, the combating of illegal migratory flows, on smoother integration of immigrant groups and on the exercising of the right of asylum. They highlight the importance of there being close cooperation and a spirit of joint responsibility between the Member States of the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean countries. They note that the agreements between the European Union and Member States, of the one part, and the Mediterranean countries, of the other part, provide for cooperation measures in the field of immigration and political asylum, including the funding of immigration centres, and urge the European Union and Member States to verify that human rights and fundamental freedoms are being fully respected in those centres.

Fight poverty and reinforce exchanges : MEPs consider that, in order to permit the creation of a mutually beneficial Euro-Mediterranean free trade area, the economic and commercial initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean must favour the economic growth of the region, help improve its integration into the world economy and contribute to reducing the development gap between the Northern and Southern Mediterranean, while boosting social cohesion. They also stress the need to encourage young people to create small businesses and believe it essential to achieve concrete and tangible targets in the social field; points out in this regard that the objective of a free trade area cannot be measured simply in terms of economic growth, but also and above all in terms of job creation; points out that youth and female unemployment is the foremost social emergency in the Mediterranean countries. They invite the Southern Mediterranean partner countries to develop south-south trade, as in the Agadir Economic Agreement signed by Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

2008/11/06
   EP - Committee opinion
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2008/11/06
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2008/10/21
   EP - Committee opinion
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2008/09/23
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2008/09/19
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
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This Commission working paper comprises a proposal for reinforced regional partnership on the Barcelona Process. The proposal concerns the 2009 work programme to be adopted at the 10th Euro- Mediterranean Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Marseille, on 3-4 November 2008.

The 10th Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Marseille will take place at a crucial time for the development of the EU's relations with the Mediterranean. The purpose of the meeting should be threefold:

to take stock of the progress made by the Partnership since the Lisbon Foreign Ministers' Meeting (5-6 November 2007), particularly in the implementation of the five-year work programme adopted at the 2005 Barcelona Summit; to discuss the future development of the Partnership, notably in the light of the 'Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean', and to agree on the institutional arrangements of the 'Barcelona Process.

Since the Euro-Med Ministerial Meeting in Lisbon (5-6 November 2007), important progress has been made in many areas of the Partnership, and regional cooperation has advanced in all four of its chapters (political dialogue; economic cooperation; cultural and human dimension; and migration, social integration, justice and security).

Most of the concrete initiatives agreed at the Lisbon Meeting have been implemented or will be before the end of 2008. Further steps need to be taken in 2009 to implement the five-year work programme in order to advance the regional integration process.

The paper details the meeting proposed for 2009 and discusses actions proposed under all four chapters.

2008/09/10
   EP - Committee draft report
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2008/07/15
   EP - MÉNDEZ DE VIGO Íñigo (PPE-DE) appointed as rapporteur in AFCO
2008/06/24
   EP - NAPOLETANO Pasqualina (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2008/06/23
   EP - ARIF Kader (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2008/05/20
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
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PURPOSE: to propose a new framework for the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”.

CONTENT: the European Council of 13-14 March 2008 approved the principle of a Union for the Mediterranean and invited the Commission to present proposals defining the modalities of what will be called “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. In this context, the Commission has made an analysis of the achievements of the Barcelona process over the last 10 years and its contribution to dialogue, peace, stability and prosperity in this region. They have also taken into account the shortcomings and difficulties in this process of cooperation since 1995.

This communication sets out the Commission's proposals for developing the "Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. It assesses the achievements and outlines the future of the renewed processes.

Barcelona Process : assessment: the Barcelona Process has been the central instrument for Euro-Mediterranean relations since 1995. Representing a partnership of 39 governments and over 700 million people, it has provided a framework for continued engagement and development. It is also the only forum where all Mediterranean partners exchange views and engage in constructive dialogue. It represents a strong commitment to regional stability and democracy through regional cooperation and integration, and aims to build on that consensus to pursue the path to political and socio-economic reform and modernisation. However, the persistence of the conflict in the Middle East has challenged and stretched the Partnership to the limit of its abilities to preserve the channels of dialogue among all partners.

One of the main features of the Process is the institutionalised dialogue with different political and economic agents, including civil society, women’s organisations and the media.

In economic terms, the EU remains the main partner of Mediterranean countries both in trade of goods and services. Significant progress has been made towards the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean free-trade area by 2010. Advances have been made in South- South economic integration but progress has been slow and remains below potential. Reforms are therefore needed if the EU's Mediterranean partners are to reap the potential benefits of globalisation and free trade with the EU.

Overall, the Partnership has witnessed a strong promotion of multilateral and bilateral relations, but now needs a qualitative and quantitative change, to spur investment and employment creation and optimise the use of human resources.

Scope and main objectives of the “Union for the Mediterranean” : the challenge of a new initiative is to enhance multilateral relations, increase co-ownership of the process and make it more visible to citizens. To do this, it should build on and reinforce the successful elements of the existing Barcelona Process. In this context, the elements of the original Barcelona Declaration should be retained alongside its goals (political dialogue, economic cooperation and free trade, and human, social and cultural dialogue) as well as the 5-year work programme adopted by the 2005 Barcelona Summit (migration, social integration, justice and security). The 2008 annual work programme adopted by Foreign Affairs Ministers in Lisbon in November 2007 should also be retained.

The new elements of the “Barcelona Process : Union for the Mediterranean” shall be based on a multilateral partnership , focusing on regional and trans-national projects for regional integration and cohesion. It will encompass all EU Member States and the European Commission, together with the other members and observers of the Barcelona Process (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Albania), and the other Mediterranean coastal states (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Monaco).

It will be complementary to the regional dimension of the EU enlargement policy. It will also be coherent and complementary with the EU- Africa Strategy.

This new initiative will give a new impulse to the Barcelona Process in at least three ways:

by upgrading the political level of the EU's relationship with its Mediterranean partners; by providing more co-ownership to our multilateral relations; by making these relations more concrete and visible through additional regional and sub-regional projects, relevant for the citizens of the region.

Upgrading of relations : the proposed decision to hold biennial summits of Heads of Government is a clear signal of the intention to upgrade the relationship. In principle, the summit meetings should take place alternately in the EU and in Mediterranean partner countries. The role of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) shall be confirmed as the Parliamentary dimension of the Barcelona Process.

Increased co-ownership : to build a stronger partnership, as envisaged by the Process, the establishment of a co-presidency and the setting-up of a joint secretariat have been proposed. Establishing a co-presidency would increase and improve the balance and the joint ownership of cooperation and would be compatible with the provisions on the external representation of the European Union in the Treaty of the European Union. For the first Summit (13 July 2008 in Paris), the rotating EU Presidency will hold the Presidency from the EU side. The selection of the co-president from the Mediterranean partner countries will require consensus and their mandate shall be for a period of two years. At the same time, another key instrument for enhancing co-ownership and promoting a more balanced partnership will be an improved system of institutional governance and the creation of a new secretariat. The secretariat shall perform the role of making proposals for joint initiatives to be decided by the political bodies and to ensure the necessary follow-up of project-related decisions taken at the highest level.

Projects and funding : the project dimension should be at the heart of the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. The programmes developed under this initiative should promote regional cohesion and economic integration, and develop infrastructural interconnections. They should constitute visible and relevant projects for the citizens of the region (the communication lists the type of projects that could receive funding through existing instruments).

The priorities set out in the Regional Indicative Programme for the countries concerned will continue to apply and any potential EC contribution to the new regional projects will not be financed at the expense of the existing bilateral allocations under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument or the Pre-accession Instrument. On the other hand, in order to bring added value to existing arrangements, the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” should be designed to mobilise additional funding for the region, mainly through regional projects. The Commission believes that additional funding for regional projects and activities should come mainly from the following sources:

private sector participation; bilateral cooperation from EU Member States; contributions from Mediterranean partners; international financial institutions, regional banks and other bilateral funds; the Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership Facility (FEMIP); the ENPI (approx. € 50 million per year already programmed for the period 2007-2010).

Conclusions and next steps : the Commission invites the European Council at its meeting in June 2008 to discuss and endorse the proposals contained in this Communication. They can then become the agreed position of the EU to be put to the inaugural meeting of the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” planned for 13 July 2008 in Paris. The Commission will fully involve the European Parliament and the EMPA in the ongoing discussions on this new initiative.

Documents

  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2009)1487/2
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament: T6-0077/2009
  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading: A6-0502/2008
  • Committee report tabled for plenary: A6-0502/2008
  • Committee opinion: PE414.349
  • Committee opinion: PE412.166
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE414.032
  • Committee opinion: PE412.192
  • Document attached to the procedure: SEC(2008)2499
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Committee draft report: PE412.142
  • Non-legislative basic document published: COM(2008)0319
  • Non-legislative basic document published: EUR-Lex
  • Committee draft report: PE412.142
  • Document attached to the procedure: SEC(2008)2499 EUR-Lex
  • Committee opinion: PE412.192
  • Committee opinion: PE412.166
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE414.032
  • Committee opinion: PE414.349
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading: A6-0502/2008
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2009)1487/2

Activities

AmendmentsDossier
147 2008/2231(INI)
2008/10/08 AFCO 27 amendments...
source: PE-414.187
2008/10/13 INTA 12 amendments...
source: PE-414.225
2008/10/16 AFET 99 amendments...
source: PE-414.032
2008/11/11 FEMM 9 amendments...
source: PE-415.212

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  • date: 2008-09-10T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE412.142 title: PE412.142 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2008-09-19T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/sec/2008/2499/COM_SEC(2008)2499_EN.pdf title: SEC(2008)2499 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=SECfinal&an_doc=2008&nu_doc=2499 title: EUR-Lex summary: This Commission working paper comprises a proposal for reinforced regional partnership on the Barcelona Process. The proposal concerns the 2009 work programme to be adopted at the 10th Euro- Mediterranean Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Marseille, on 3-4 November 2008. The 10th Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Marseille will take place at a crucial time for the development of the EU's relations with the Mediterranean. The purpose of the meeting should be threefold: to take stock of the progress made by the Partnership since the Lisbon Foreign Ministers' Meeting (5-6 November 2007), particularly in the implementation of the five-year work programme adopted at the 2005 Barcelona Summit; to discuss the future development of the Partnership, notably in the light of the 'Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean', and to agree on the institutional arrangements of the 'Barcelona Process. Since the Euro-Med Ministerial Meeting in Lisbon (5-6 November 2007), important progress has been made in many areas of the Partnership, and regional cooperation has advanced in all four of its chapters (political dialogue; economic cooperation; cultural and human dimension; and migration, social integration, justice and security). Most of the concrete initiatives agreed at the Lisbon Meeting have been implemented or will be before the end of 2008. Further steps need to be taken in 2009 to implement the five-year work programme in order to advance the regional integration process. The paper details the meeting proposed for 2009 and discusses actions proposed under all four chapters. type: Document attached to the procedure body: EC
  • date: 2008-10-21T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE412.192&secondRef=02 title: PE412.192 committee: AFCO type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2008-11-06T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE412.166&secondRef=02 title: PE412.166 committee: INTA type: Committee opinion body: EP
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  • date: 2008-12-02T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE414.349&secondRef=02 title: PE414.349 committee: FEMM type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2008-12-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2008-502&language=EN title: A6-0502/2008 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP
  • date: 2009-03-18T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=16510&j=0&l=en title: SP(2009)1487/2 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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  • date: 2008-05-20T00:00:00 type: Non-legislative basic document published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2008/0319/COM_COM(2008)0319_EN.pdf title: COM(2008)0319 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2008&nu_doc=319 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to propose a new framework for the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. CONTENT: the European Council of 13-14 March 2008 approved the principle of a Union for the Mediterranean and invited the Commission to present proposals defining the modalities of what will be called “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. In this context, the Commission has made an analysis of the achievements of the Barcelona process over the last 10 years and its contribution to dialogue, peace, stability and prosperity in this region. They have also taken into account the shortcomings and difficulties in this process of cooperation since 1995. This communication sets out the Commission's proposals for developing the "Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. It assesses the achievements and outlines the future of the renewed processes. Barcelona Process : assessment: the Barcelona Process has been the central instrument for Euro-Mediterranean relations since 1995. Representing a partnership of 39 governments and over 700 million people, it has provided a framework for continued engagement and development. It is also the only forum where all Mediterranean partners exchange views and engage in constructive dialogue. It represents a strong commitment to regional stability and democracy through regional cooperation and integration, and aims to build on that consensus to pursue the path to political and socio-economic reform and modernisation. However, the persistence of the conflict in the Middle East has challenged and stretched the Partnership to the limit of its abilities to preserve the channels of dialogue among all partners. One of the main features of the Process is the institutionalised dialogue with different political and economic agents, including civil society, women’s organisations and the media. In economic terms, the EU remains the main partner of Mediterranean countries both in trade of goods and services. Significant progress has been made towards the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean free-trade area by 2010. Advances have been made in South- South economic integration but progress has been slow and remains below potential. Reforms are therefore needed if the EU's Mediterranean partners are to reap the potential benefits of globalisation and free trade with the EU. Overall, the Partnership has witnessed a strong promotion of multilateral and bilateral relations, but now needs a qualitative and quantitative change, to spur investment and employment creation and optimise the use of human resources. Scope and main objectives of the “Union for the Mediterranean” : the challenge of a new initiative is to enhance multilateral relations, increase co-ownership of the process and make it more visible to citizens. To do this, it should build on and reinforce the successful elements of the existing Barcelona Process. In this context, the elements of the original Barcelona Declaration should be retained alongside its goals (political dialogue, economic cooperation and free trade, and human, social and cultural dialogue) as well as the 5-year work programme adopted by the 2005 Barcelona Summit (migration, social integration, justice and security). The 2008 annual work programme adopted by Foreign Affairs Ministers in Lisbon in November 2007 should also be retained. The new elements of the “Barcelona Process : Union for the Mediterranean” shall be based on a multilateral partnership , focusing on regional and trans-national projects for regional integration and cohesion. It will encompass all EU Member States and the European Commission, together with the other members and observers of the Barcelona Process (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Albania), and the other Mediterranean coastal states (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Monaco). It will be complementary to the regional dimension of the EU enlargement policy. It will also be coherent and complementary with the EU- Africa Strategy. This new initiative will give a new impulse to the Barcelona Process in at least three ways: by upgrading the political level of the EU's relationship with its Mediterranean partners; by providing more co-ownership to our multilateral relations; by making these relations more concrete and visible through additional regional and sub-regional projects, relevant for the citizens of the region. Upgrading of relations : the proposed decision to hold biennial summits of Heads of Government is a clear signal of the intention to upgrade the relationship. In principle, the summit meetings should take place alternately in the EU and in Mediterranean partner countries. The role of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) shall be confirmed as the Parliamentary dimension of the Barcelona Process. Increased co-ownership : to build a stronger partnership, as envisaged by the Process, the establishment of a co-presidency and the setting-up of a joint secretariat have been proposed. Establishing a co-presidency would increase and improve the balance and the joint ownership of cooperation and would be compatible with the provisions on the external representation of the European Union in the Treaty of the European Union. For the first Summit (13 July 2008 in Paris), the rotating EU Presidency will hold the Presidency from the EU side. The selection of the co-president from the Mediterranean partner countries will require consensus and their mandate shall be for a period of two years. At the same time, another key instrument for enhancing co-ownership and promoting a more balanced partnership will be an improved system of institutional governance and the creation of a new secretariat. The secretariat shall perform the role of making proposals for joint initiatives to be decided by the political bodies and to ensure the necessary follow-up of project-related decisions taken at the highest level. Projects and funding : the project dimension should be at the heart of the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. The programmes developed under this initiative should promote regional cohesion and economic integration, and develop infrastructural interconnections. They should constitute visible and relevant projects for the citizens of the region (the communication lists the type of projects that could receive funding through existing instruments). The priorities set out in the Regional Indicative Programme for the countries concerned will continue to apply and any potential EC contribution to the new regional projects will not be financed at the expense of the existing bilateral allocations under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument or the Pre-accession Instrument. On the other hand, in order to bring added value to existing arrangements, the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” should be designed to mobilise additional funding for the region, mainly through regional projects. The Commission believes that additional funding for regional projects and activities should come mainly from the following sources: private sector participation; bilateral cooperation from EU Member States; contributions from Mediterranean partners; international financial institutions, regional banks and other bilateral funds; the Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership Facility (FEMIP); the ENPI (approx. € 50 million per year already programmed for the period 2007-2010). Conclusions and next steps : the Commission invites the European Council at its meeting in June 2008 to discuss and endorse the proposals contained in this Communication. They can then become the agreed position of the EU to be put to the inaugural meeting of the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” planned for 13 July 2008 in Paris. The Commission will fully involve the European Parliament and the EMPA in the ongoing discussions on this new initiative.
  • date: 2008-09-23T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2008-12-02T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report drafted by Pasqualina NAPOLETANO (PES, IT) on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean. The committee considers that this process, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Summit for the Mediterranean held in Paris on 13 July 2008, contributes towards peace and prosperity and that it will constitute a step towards economic and regional integration as well as ecological and climatic cooperation between the Mediterranean countries. It points out that opening up the process to countries not involved in the partnership increases the likelihood of establishing parity in relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean partner countries and of tackling the problems of the region in a comprehensive way. MEPs consider it necessary, however, for the strategic value of Euro-Mediterranean relations and the Barcelona Process acquis, including the involvement of civil society, to be reaffirmed in the shape of regional and sub-regional programmes and common guidelines for bilateral cooperation. MEPs call on the Council and the Commission in this respect to ensure the cohesion of European Union action, especially with regard to possible institutional developments (in particular the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as Vice-President of the Commission) and the utilisation of the Community budget. Clarify projects and strengthen financing : MEPs point out that the projects financed within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean should be supported by funding from the Community, from partner states and from private financing. They reiterate their support for the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Investment Bank . Pending review of the financial perspective, MEPs state that the European Union’s share of funding for Mediterranean projects, while guaranteed, must not be to the detriment of the Euro-Mediterranean regional projects already in progress or scheduled. They hope that Parliament will be regularly updated on the stage reached in projects. Reinforce democratic legitimacy of the Union for the Mediterranean : overall, MEPs support the decision to bring a strong parliamentary dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean, thereby reinforcing its democratic legitimacy, however this should be further consolidated and its work better articulated with that of the other institutions of the Partnership, with the possibility being envisaged of granting it legal personality and entitling it to propose and assess economic and regional integration strategies and projects and allowing it to make recommendations to the meetings of foreign affairs ministers. They emphasise the need to include regional and local authorities in the new institutional framework as well as members of the civil society. Extend the scope of action : MEPs request that all member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are able to access the regional programmes already provided for under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. They stress the need for an extensive overhaul of Euro-Mediterranean policy as a whole that strengthens its political dimension . They take the view that the issues of peace and security, human rights and democracy, and cultural cooperation, must be addressed via the Euro-Mediterranean dimension. According to MEPs, the Union for the Mediterranean should step up existing forms of cooperation under EuroMed in order to provide all partner countries with the chance of participating in the Union’s regional programmes and corresponding policies on the basis of priorities and objectives set by mutual agreement, pointing to the importance of extending the scope of Community programmes to include participation by partner countries, not least in the fields of education, research and professional training (student exchanges, etc.). In order to attain the ambitious objectives of the Barcelona Process, it is necessary rapidly to extend the areas of cooperation to cover water management, agriculture, food security, energy, professional training, culture, health, tourism, etc. They strongly support the environmental dimension of the Barcelona Process and the related initiatives and projects, such as the new Euro-Mediterranean initiative for the de-pollution of the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean Project for Solar Energy. Ease regional tension : MEPs hope that the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean relations will provide a boost to the development of an area of peace and prosperity. This aim can only be achieved through negotiated and comprehensive settlement of the conflicts in the region. MEPs believe that the EU must assume the role of leadership in the resolution of those conflicts by winning the confidence of all parties involved. They stress the need to formally maintain cooperation in the field of combating international terrorism, drugs trafficking, organised crime and the trafficking of human beings and welcome the call made in the Marseilles Declaration to the parties concerned to endeavour to implement a process of gradual demilitarisation and disarmament of the Middle East with a view, in particular, to creating an area free of nuclear armaments and weapons of mass destruction. Reinforcing the Human Rights aspect of the Barcelona Process : MEPs reiterate the importance of promoting human rights and the rule of law. They call for an assessment of what has been achieved so far and for adjustment of the instruments implemented under the partnership. They urge the Commission to set precise criteria for eligibility of those instruments, including as regards other international organisations such as the Council of Europe, and to put in place an effective system to monitor their implementation. In that connection, they call on all the parties concerned to further and promote respect for freedom of religion and belief and for minority rights and hope that a joint policy-making and institutional framework will be defined that facilitates greater mutual cooperation in the pinpointing of problems and in the search for common solutions. The Council and the Commission are called upon to enshrine the promotion of human rights and democracy in the objectives of this new initiative, to further strengthen the implementation of existing mechanisms such as the human rights clause contained in the Association agreements and the setting-up of subcommittees on human rights, and to create a mechanism for the implementation of that clause in the new generation of agreements and the ENP bilateral Action Plans. They emphasise that the instruments for promoting human rights available under the European Neighbourhood Policy must be exploited to the full, guaranteeing greater political cohesion between the European institutions. Joint migration policies : MEPs call on the different partners to inject fresh vigour into the management of joint migration policies in order to better harness human resources and exchanges between the peoples of the Mediterranean while also eschewing a ‘security-first’ approach. They consider that immigration issues must focus on the possibilities for legal migration, the combating of illegal migratory flows, on smoother integration of immigrant groups and on the exercising of the right of asylum. They highlight the importance of there being close cooperation and a spirit of joint responsibility between the Member States of the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean countries. They note that the agreements between the European Union and Member States, of the one part, and the Mediterranean countries, of the other part, provide for cooperation measures in the field of immigration and political asylum, including the funding of immigration centres, and urge the European Union and Member States to verify that human rights and fundamental freedoms are being fully respected in those centres. Fight poverty and reinforce exchanges : MEPs consider that, in order to permit the creation of a mutually beneficial Euro-Mediterranean free trade area, the economic and commercial initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean must favour the economic growth of the region, help improve its integration into the world economy and contribute to reducing the development gap between the Northern and Southern Mediterranean, while boosting social cohesion. They also stress the need to encourage young people to create small businesses and believe it essential to achieve concrete and tangible targets in the social field; points out in this regard that the objective of a free trade area cannot be measured simply in terms of economic growth, but also and above all in terms of job creation; points out that youth and female unemployment is the foremost social emergency in the Mediterranean countries. They invite the Southern Mediterranean partner countries to develop south-south trade, as in the Agadir Economic Agreement signed by Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
  • date: 2008-12-08T00:00:00 type: Resolution/conclusions adopted by Council body: CSL
  • date: 2008-12-12T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2008-502&language=EN title: A6-0502/2008
  • date: 2009-02-18T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20090218&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2009-02-19T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=16510&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2009-02-19T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2009-77 title: T6-0077/2009 summary: The European Parliament adopted, by 521 votes to 44 with 13 abstentions, a resolution on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean. The resolution considers that this process, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Summit for the Mediterranean held in Paris on 13 July 2008, contributes towards peace and prosperity and that it will constitute a step towards economic and regional integration as well as ecological and climatic cooperation between the Mediterranean countries. Plenary expresses its concern for the recrudescence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has already affected the political dialogue among the partners of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. Parliament hopes that the cooperation will gather pace again as soon as possible, making its contribution to the shared goal of peace in the Middle East. Institutional aspect of the Union of the Mediterranean : Parliament considers that the Secretariat will be able to demonstrate major potential for revitalising Euro‑Mediterranean relations thanks to its operational capacity and the political value of its composition. It agrees that, from an EU perspective, the co presidency must be compatible with the external representation of the EU in accordance with the Treaty provisions in force and hopes in this regard, on the assumption that the Treaty of Lisbon will enter into force, that the European Union will ensure consistency and continuity in its representation in the new institutions of the Union for the Mediterranean. Clarify projects and strengthen financing : Parliament points out that the projects financed within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean should be supported by funding from the Community, from partner states and from private financing. It reiterates their support for the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Investment Bank . Pending review of the financial perspective, MEPs state that the European Union’s share of funding for Mediterranean projects, while guaranteed, must not be to the detriment of the Euro-Mediterranean regional projects already in progress or scheduled. They hope that Parliament will be regularly updated on the stage reached in projects. Reinforce democratic legitimacy of the Union for the Mediterranean : overall, Parliament supports the decision to bring a strong parliamentary dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean, thereby reinforcing its democratic legitimacy, however this should be further consolidated and its work better articulated with that of the other institutions of the Partnership, with the possibility being envisaged of granting it legal personality and entitling it to propose and assess economic and regional integration strategies and projects and allowing it to make recommendations to the meetings of foreign affairs ministers. It emphasises the need to include regional and local authorities in the new institutional framework as well as members of the civil society. Parliament underlines that participation in the Union for the Mediterranean does not constitute an alternative to enlargement of the EU and does not affect the accession prospects of any current or future candidate state. Extend the scope of action : Parliament requests that all member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are able to access the regional programmes already provided for under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. It stresses the need for an extensive overhaul of Euro-Mediterranean policy as a whole that strengthens its political dimension . It also takes the view that the issues of peace and security, human rights and democracy, and cultural cooperation, must be addressed via the Euro-Mediterranean dimension. According to the Parliament, the Union for the Mediterranean should step up existing forms of cooperation under EuroMed in order to provide all partner countries with the chance of participating in the Union’s regional programmes and corresponding policies on the basis of priorities and objectives set by mutual agreement, pointing to the importance of extending the scope of Community programmes to include participation by partner countries, not least in the fields of education, research and professional training (student exchanges, etc.). In order to attain the ambitious objectives of the Barcelona Process, it is necessary rapidly to extend the areas of cooperation to cover water management, agriculture, food security, energy, professional training, culture, health, tourism, etc. Cooperation should also be sought in the area of energy. Ease regional tension : Parliament hopes that the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean relations will provide a boost to the development of an area of peace and prosperity. This aim can only be achieved through negotiated and comprehensive settlement of the conflicts in the region. Parliament believes that the EU must assume the role of leadership in the resolution of those conflicts by winning the confidence of all parties involved. Against this background, it welcomes the call made in the Marseilles Declaration to the parties concerned to endeavour to implement a process of gradual demilitarisation and disarmament of the Middle East with a view, in particular, to creating an area free of nuclear armaments and weapons of mass destruction. Reinforcing the Human Rights aspect of the Barcelona Process : Parliament reiterates the importance of promoting human rights and the rule of law. It considers that, in order to ease tensions around the Mediterranean, intercultural and inter societal understanding among its peoples must be improved and it calls on all the parties concerned to further and promote respect for freedom of religion and belief and for minority rights and hope that a joint policy-making and institutional framework will be defined that facilitates greater mutual cooperation in the pinpointing of problems and in the search for common solutions . Joint migration policies : Parliament calls on the different partners to inject fresh vigour into the management of joint migration policies in order to better harness human resources and exchanges between the peoples of the Mediterranean while also eschewing a ‘security-first’ approach. It considers that immigration issues must focus on the possibilities for legal migration, the combating of illegal migratory flows, on smoother integration of immigrant groups and on the exercising of the right of asylum. It highlights the importance of there being close cooperation and a spirit of joint responsibility between the Member States of the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean countries. Parliament urges the European Union and Member States to verify that human rights and fundamental freedoms are being fully respected in detention centres. Fight poverty and reinforce exchanges : Parliament considers that all areas of cooperation should be covered. It also considers that, in order to permit the creation of a mutually beneficial Euro Mediterranean free trade area, the economic and commercial initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean must favour the economic growth of the region, help improve its integration into the world economy and contribute to reducing the development gap between the Northern and Southern Mediterranean, whilst boosting social cohesion.
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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2008/0319/COM_COM(2008)0319_EN.pdf
activities
  • date: 2008-05-20T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2008/0319/COM_COM(2008)0319_EN.pdf celexid: CELEX:52008DC0319:EN type: Non-legislative basic document published title: COM(2008)0319 type: Non-legislative basic document published body: EC commission: DG: External Relations Commissioner: FERRERO-WALDNER Benita
  • date: 2008-09-23T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: AFCO date: 2008-07-15T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MÉNDEZ DE VIGO Íñigo body: EP responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2008-06-24T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: NAPOLETANO Pasqualina body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2008-10-16T00:00:00 committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: FIGUEIREDO Ilda body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2008-06-23T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: PSE name: ARIF Kader
  • date: 2008-12-02T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: AFCO date: 2008-07-15T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MÉNDEZ DE VIGO Íñigo body: EP responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2008-06-24T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: NAPOLETANO Pasqualina body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2008-10-16T00:00:00 committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: FIGUEIREDO Ilda body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2008-06-23T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: PSE name: ARIF Kader type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2008-12-08T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: General Affairs meeting_id: 2915
  • date: 2008-12-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2008-502&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading title: A6-0502/2008 body: EP type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • date: 2009-02-18T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20090218&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2009-02-19T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=16510&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2009-77 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0077/2009 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
committees
  • body: EP responsible: False committee: AFCO date: 2008-07-15T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MÉNDEZ DE VIGO Íñigo
  • body: EP responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2008-06-24T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: NAPOLETANO Pasqualina
  • body: EP responsible: False committee: FEMM date: 2008-10-16T00:00:00 committee_full: Women's Rights and Gender Equality rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: FIGUEIREDO Ilda
  • body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2008-06-23T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: PSE name: ARIF Kader
links
other
  • body: EC dg: External Relations commissioner: FERRERO-WALDNER Benita
procedure
dossier_of_the_committee
AFET/6/66775
reference
2008/2231(INI)
title
Relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries
legal_basis
Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament EP 052
stage_reached
Procedure completed
subtype
Strategic initiative
type
INI - Own-initiative procedure
subject
6.40.05 Relations with the Mediterranean and Southern European countries