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* The European Commission on 8 July announced it was providing a further € 10 million in humanitarian aid for the Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza Strip, and in Lebanon. The funds will help meet the basic food, health, household, water/sanitation and protection needs of vulnerable groups. The money will be allocated through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), and the aid programme will be implemented by NGOs and the International Committee of the Red Cross. With this latest decision, ECHO support to victims of the ongoing crisis since September 2000 has topped € 100 million.

* The European Commission on 7 July announced an agreement with Israel on farm trade liberalisation had been initialled after the successful conclusion of negotiations conducted under the EU-Israel Association Agreement. As a result of the agreement, most of the agricultural trade in both directions is to be liberalised, covering a wide range of products, from meat and oil to vegetables and wine. In addition, all quotas are to be annually increased by 3%. The new system should be reviewed for further liberalisation in 2007. The deal still has to be adopted by EU Member States before entering into force.

* The European Investment Bank on 9 July announced it was lending € 14 million to Morocco for port infrastructure. The money will be used for the repair and upgrading of breakwaters and quays, along with the improvement of operational safety, at five of the country’s ports: Tangiers, Larache, El Jadida, Essaouira, and Sidi Ifni. The works will be carried out by the Ports Directorate of the Ministry of Equipment. The development of port infrastructure in Morocco is crucial as 98% of the country’s external trade is sea borne.

* The European Commission on 9 July decided to create a ‘Wider Europe Task Force’ within its services for drawing up country specific action plans for the enlarged EU’s neighbours, including the Mediterranean Partners not involved in the enlargement process. The decision follows from the Commission’s ‘Wider Europe – New Neighbourhood’ initiative endorsed by the EU Council of Ministers, and the European Council. The Task Force will facilitate co-ordination among Commission services, further develop the political concept of a New Neighbourhood Policy, and prepare proposals for the new ‘neighbourhood instrument’, which will finance joint projects involving the enlarged EU and neighbouring countries. MEDA funding of € 45 million could be proposed for 2004-2006 in this context. The Task Force will report to European Commissioner for Enlargement Günter Verheugen, and will be made up of Commission officials from the External Relations and Enlargement Directorates General. External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten retains overall responsibility for relations with the countries concerned.


* The 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Trade Conference held on 7 July in Palermo, Italy endorsed the new draft Protocol on Rules of Origin, which will permit the inclusion of all Mediterranean Partners in the Pan-European system of cumulation of origin. The new Pan-Euro-Mediterranean system will effectively provide a common passport for trade in goods in the entire Euro-Mediterranean region, thus facilitating economic integration in the area. Each Mediterranean Partner now has to transpose the harmonised rules into its own legislation. As regards services there was agreement on the approach to further liberalise trade in the region. In addition, Ministers adopted a range of measures designed to harmonise, simplify and rationalise customs procedures in the Mediterranean Partners. Finally Ministers launched a new area of activity by mandating experts to work on the approximation of legislation in the field of standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures. (See Conference Conclusions in Euromed Report No 64 of 9 July).

* Senior Officials of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership responsible for Political and Security Issues will meet on 16 July in Brussels. It will be the first such meeting to be held under the new Italian six-monthly Presidency of the EU, and it will start with a presentation of Italy’s priorities on the Political and Security Chapter of the Barcelona Process. Senior Officials will then discuss Improvement of the Political Dialogue, Development of the Dialogue with Mediterranean Partners within the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), and Partnership Building Measures.

* The Euro-Mediterranean Committee of the Barcelona Process will meet on 17 July in Brussels. A presentation will be made of the Italian Presidency’s priorities for the Economic and Social & Cultural Chapters of the Barcelona Process. A report on the recent Trade Ministerial Conference in Palermo (see above) will be presented by the EU Presidency and the European Commission, and proposals for two other Ministerial Conferences (one on Agriculture and the other on Investment, Infrastructure, and Energy) will be examined. On Dialogue between Cultures the Committee will be updated on the Valencia Action Programme, and the future Euro-Mediterranean Foundation will be discussed. The European Commission will put forward a report on the MEDA funded Regional ‘Programme in the field of Justice, in Combating Drugs, Organised Crime and Terrorism, as well as Co-operation in the Treatment of Issues relating to the Social Integration of Migrants, Migration and Movement of People’, and inform the Committee on other existing Regional Programmes.

* The 3rd meeting of the EU-Israel Association Committee took place on 9 July in Brussels in a very good atmosphere. Both sides noted the useful and thorough character of their discussions, and their common determination to strengthen bilateral co-operation. The meeting started with an extensive dialogue on political issues of common interest, including a review of developments in the Peace Process, fight against terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, ratification of non-proliferation Treaties, and regional issues. Israel announced that a Senior Officials’ working group had been set up to prepare a response to the EU’s ‘Wider Europe’ Initiative. The economic aspects of the Association were discussed in detail, and the Committee noted that considerable work had been accomplished during the past year in several areas. Israel and the EU have renewed their Scientific Co-operation Agreement, and just concluded negotiations for further liberalisation of agricultural trade. Substantial progress has also been achieved on legislative approximation, participation of Israel in the GALILEO Project, common rules for ensuring fair competition within the private sector, and co-operation between Statistical Offices. Further talks will be held on products from Israeli settlements. The Committee identified a number of areas on which follow-up actions will focus in the coming months, among them trade facilitation, the environment, social issues, intellectual property, and energy. In the field of education, the European Commission spelled out the opportunities presented to Israel by the extension of the TEMPUS Programme to the Mediterranean Region, and the new Erasmus Mundus Programme to be adopted next year.


The Final Seminar for the MEDA supported Regional Co-operation Programme in the Agricultural Sector (1998-2003) organised by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) was held on 3 and 4 July in Catania, Italy. The interesting results achieved in the framework of the 4 sub-projects carried out by the CIHEAM Institutes of Bari, Chania, Montpellier and Zaragoza, in association with their Mediterranean partners in the fields of, respectively, water resources management, conservation and management of natural renewable resources, food and agricultural policies and rain-fed agriculture, were presented and discussed. The possibility of renewing the programme was also examined, as well as the prospects for taking advantage more widely of both the expertise gained and the networks established through the research and training activities already undertaken. The participants agreed that a request aimed to obtain the renewal of MEDA financial support would be desirable and should be transmitted to the Commission.

A forum for European and Mediterranean youth organisations and NGOs (Euro-Med Youth Platform) will be launched at a meeting held from 17 to 21 September in Malta under the MEDA funded Euromed Youth Regional Programme. The Platform will create a network for bringing together young people in an environment of tolerance and mutual understanding. It will assist in capacity building, exchange of good practices, creating new projects, and disseminating information. Organisations interested in participating in the launch of the Platform should apply at
(Click on the ‘Launch’ button, and at the end of the introduction click on ‘Apply’. For further information: Giovanni Buttigieg, tel +356 79701507, fax +356 21336432,
e-mail: giovanni@euromedp.net

The MEDA funded Euro-Jordanian Action for the Development of Enterprise (EJADA) on 8 July opened a Northern regional office in Irbid. The office will manage EJADA’s projects in Irbid, particularly in the fields of industry and vocational training. It will also work to promote and enhance public-private partnership, and offer loan guarantees to small and medium-sized enterprises. This is the second regional office of EJADA after the launch in January of the one in Aqaba.


The EU share in Mediterranean Partners’ total trade in 2001 ranged from 74.4% for Tunisia to 9.6% for the Palestinian Territories. EU imports from the Partners in 2002 amounted to € 66.8 billion, while exports reached € 79.9 billion. These and many other data can be found in a statistical report published on 4 July by the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) ahead of the Trade Ministerial Meeting in Palermo. The figures published in the report have been compiled within the MEDA funded ‘MEDSTAT’ Regional Programme of statistical co-operation.

Over the last few years people and organisations involved in the MEDA funded Euromed Heritage Regional Programme have been busy ‘Creating a Future that cares for the Past’. This is the common title of a brochure and a leaflet recently published by the European Commission. The brochure details the achievements of Euromed Heritage I in preserving and promoting various aspects of the Mediterranean heritage, and provides an overview of ongoing Euromed Heritage II activities. The leaflet gives brief summaries of Euromed Heritage priorities and projects. Both publications are available from

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