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  • 9 October 2018

    "In response to regional conflicts and tensions, we should strengthen cooperation and dialogue in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean as a platform for developing the human potential of the Middle East and North Africa region," said the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy speaking at the Forum in Barcelona.

    The meeting provided an opportunity to reaffirm the strategic objectives of the Barcelona Process and to review the activities and achievements of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on its tenth anniversary. During the Forum, UfM member states expressed their support for the involvement of the Union in addressing the region's key economic, political, social, and security challenges. "Because of its geographical location, Poland attaches particular importance to relations with all countries of the EU's Neighbourhood, in both its southern and eastern dimension, which is closest to us," emphasised Deputy Minister Papierz. "Countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy should maintain their privileged status in relations with the EU and benefit from the possibility of using the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) as a separate financial instrument in the Union budget after 2020," he added.


    The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy said that the UfM's most valuable capital is the involvement of over 10 thousand actors and institutions from the member states—representatives of civil society, youth, women, business, and academia. He also pointed to the importance of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean region, which is part of the development of energy infrastructure linking Central and Eastern European countries along the North-South axis. "Economic transformation of the Southern Neighbourhood countries and creating an environment conducive to private investment should help ease the migratory pressure," concluded Deputy Minister Papierz.


    While in Barcelona, the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy also met with representatives of Polish community associations that operate in the Catalonia region.


    The purpose of the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean was to give a new impetus to cooperation in the Mediterranean, including by strengthening political dialogue and project cooperation in such areas as cleaning the Mediterranean Sea, developing sea and land routes, alternative energy sources, and business development. Launched in 2008, the UfM brings together 43 countries—28 EU member states and 15 countries of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. This year's Forum in Barcelona was chaired by chief of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan Ayman Safadi, and hosted by Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, and Nasser Kamel, the UfM Secretary General.


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