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* The European Investment Bank (EIB) on 1 November announced it was lending Syria € 200 million under the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) for the construction of a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant at Deir Ali, 25 km south of Damascus. This "clean energy" project will be implemented and managed by the Public Establishment of Electricity for Generation and Transmission. The contract was signed by Syria's Electricity Minister Mounib Saem el-Dahr, and the EIB Vice-President in charge of FEMIP, Philippe de Fontaine Vive. More at http://www.eib.org/lending/med/en/index.htm

MEETINGS

* The EU Council of Ministers meeting on 2 November in Brussels discussed the Middle East with a view to preparing the European Council being held on 4 and 5 November in the same city. The Council examined draft conclusions drawn up by the Dutch Presidency and heard a presentation by EU High Representative Javier Solana of ideas for short-term practical measures concerning the Palestinian Territories. These ideas cover security structures, the reform agenda, elections, and economic recovery and development. The Council also approved a report to the European Council on implementation of the EU's Common Strategy on the Mediterranean region adopted in June 2000. The report outlines a number of goals the EU should pursue in its policy, including progress with regard to bilateral relations and Association Agreements with Mediterranean Partners, efforts to develop political and security co-operation and promotion of a social and cultural partnership. In addition, the Council recommended to the European Council an extension of the period of application of the Common Strategy by 18 months, until January 2006. More at http://europa.eu.int/news/index_en.htm (please go to 'Council', right; click on 'Press', top left, and go to 'Latest News').

* Senior Officials of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership responsible for Political and Security Issues will hold two Ad Hoc meetings on 10 November in Brussels, one on the Fight against Terrorism, the other on Euro-Mediterranean aspects of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The meeting on Terrorism will include a discussion on Recent Developments in International Fora, and a presentation by the European Commission of the Police component of the MEDA funded Regional Programme on Good Governance and the Rule of Law, managed by the Commission's EuropeAid Cooperation Office. During the meeting on ESDP Dialogue, Senior Officials will discuss Recent Developments in ESDP, Possibilities and modalities for co-operation on ESDP, as well as the Establishment of a network of Euromed contact points for ESDP.

* Senior Officials of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership responsible for Political and Security Issues will hold their next regular meeting on 11 November in Brussels, and the Euro-Mediterranean Committee of the Barcelona Process will meet on the same day in the same city. Both meetings will be devoted to discussing the preparations for the Mid Term Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers' meeting scheduled for 29 and 30 November in The Hague, the Netherlands. Senior Officials will focus on the Political and Security Chapter of Barcelona while the Euro-Med Committee will address the Economic/Financial and the Cultural/Social/Human Chapters.

* An informal meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation's National Networks will take place on 11 November in Brussels on the Dutch Presidency's initiative. It will bring together representatives of the 35 National Networks (one for each Euro-Mediterranean partner) of the Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures, and the Foundation's Director, Traugott Schöfthaler. The results of the meeting will be presented to the Euro-Mediterranean Committee of the Barcelona Process on 12 November at a working session on the establishment of the Foundation's network of networks and participation of the networks in the Foundation, which will also be attended by the Foundations's Advisory Committee, and the representatives of National Networks. Both meetings will be the next steps towards the establishment of the Foundation.

* A Conference on 'The new Neighbourhood Instrument, the re-launch of the Barcelona Process, and the role of Decentralised Co-operation' will be held on 5 November in Genoa, Italy as part of the 13th Congressional Assembly of ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities. A presentation will be made by a European Commission representative of the EU Neighbourhood Policy in the Mediterranean. Representatives of municipalities from both sides of the Mediterranean will tell the Conference of their experience of co-operation between cities. Concluding remarks will be made by Italy's Minister for the Middle East-Mediterrenean Directorate at the Foreign Ministry, Eugenio d'Auria.

PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS

* CLASSICAL EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC IN CARTHAGE
A concert of Classical Eastern Mediterranean Music from the Mashrak and Turkish Ottoman tradition will take place on 6 November in Carthage within the MEDIMUSES project, part of the MEDA funded Euromed Heritage II Regional Programme, managed by the European Commission's EuropeAid Cooperation Office. This will be the 7th in a series of MEDIMUSES concerts entitled 'Musical Traditions of the Mediterranean', and it will feature the Arab Music Ensemble of Amman and the Suleyman Erguner Ensemble from Istanbul. http://www.euromedheritage.net

* 'EARLY BIRD' OFFER FOR INVESTMENT FORUM (REMINDER)
Decision-makers wishing to take part in the Euro-Mediterranean Investment Forum on 13 and 14 January, 2005 in Marseilles, France can get a preferential rate of € 597 (taxes not incl.) instead of the normal € 1,195 subject to full payment being received before 15 November 2004. The Forum is organised by Economist Conferences with the support of the MEDA funded ANIMA Programme (Euro-Mediterranean Network of Investment Promotion Agencies) designed to promote investment in the Mediterranean Partners, and managed by the European Commission's EuropeAid Cooperation Office. Please contact EuroMed@development-institute.com . More details at
http://www.animaweb.org/news_en.php?id_news=191

* A NEW SEARCH ENGINE FOR THE EUROMED SYNOPSIS
Do you want to find the details of a MEDA project launched 6 months ago? Are you looking for the exact date of a Euro-Med conference held in January? A new search engine is there for you at http://www.euromedheritage.net/en/synopsis/synopsis.php . The search engine has been set up by the Regional Management & Support Unit for the MEDA funded Euromed Heritage Regional Programme. It covers Euromed Synopsis issues from No 254 on.

PUBLICATIONS

* TWO NEW STUDIES OF THE EURO-MED PARTNERSHIP FROM EUROMESCO
Two new studies published by the MEDA supported Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), the network of foreign policy institutes, offer two ways of looking at the Barcelona Process. One of them is called "The Partnership in Southern Eyes: Reflections on the Discourse in the Egyptian Press". The other, entitled "Les institutions européennes dans le fonctionnement du Partenariat euro-méditerranéen: de la répartition des compétences à la gestion dynamique du quotidien", examines the role of EU institutions in the Partnership. They are available in English and French respectively from the web site http://www.euromesco.net

* HERITAGE, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENT IN LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM JORDAN
The three closely connected themes of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and the Environment are the focus of the latest issue (Volume 1, No 7) of 'Newsline', the newsletter published by the European Commission Delegation in Amman. http://www.deljor.cec.eu.int .

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