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European Union strategic partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East

Final Report -
Development of the Policy

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The December 2003 European Council asked the Presidency and the SG/HR, in coordination with the Commission, to present concrete proposals on a strategy towards the region of the Middle East. To this end an Interim Report was welcomed by the General Affairs and External Relations Council on 22 March, and the European Council on 26 March, 2004. The Interim Report addressed this question and the related mandate from the European Council on developing relations with the Arab world.

This Final Report on an EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East is based on the analysis and conclusions of the Interim Report and the consultations conducted with partners.

From the work done and the consultations held several key priorities have emerged in relation to the development of an EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East. These include: the need to – inter alia – promote joint interests by helping to address the challenges of the EU’s partners in the Mediterranean and Middle East; the importance of a partnership approach; the need for differentiation; recognition that reforms can succeed only if they are generated from within the affected societies and must not be imposed from outside; the need for a consistent basis for the EU’s policies; and finally the desirability of translating these interests and principles into a concrete policy agenda which addresses the challenges facing the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Interests and Challenges

Europe and the Mediterranean and Middle East are joined together both by geography and shared history. The Mediterranean Sea has always linked the peoples of these areas. An increasing number of residents and citizens of the EU have origins in the Mediterranean and Middle East, further building the links at the most basic and personal level. Our geographical proximity is a longstanding reality underpinning our growing interdependence; our policies in future years must reflect these realities and seek to ensure that they continue to develop positively.

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