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* A specific page on the European Commission web site will be made available as from 11 February to organisers of events scheduled to take place in the framework of the 10th Anniversary of the Barcelona Process (2005 Year of the Mediterranean). Organisers will have a chance to register on the official calendar of Barcelona + 10 events and use the dedicated Euromed logo (see p 6) subject to their on line acceptance of a “letter of conformity” stating full commitment to the principles of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The registration form and the letter will be posted at http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/euromed/barcelona_10/index.htm


* After the Sharm-el-Sheikh summit which on 8 February brought together Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presence of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan, EU Council President and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn welcomed “the commitment of both sides to seek a peaceful resolution of the conflict”. Mr Asselborn’s statement is on line at : http://www.eu2005.lu/fr/actualites . European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also welcomed the truce declared by Mr Abbas and Mr Sharon, and urged Israelis and the Palestinians to pursue with determination the goal of a lasting peace. http://europa.eu.int/news/index_en.htm (see Midday Express 2005-02-09). EU High Representative Javier Solana expressed his « deep satisfaction for the successful holding of the summit », and encouraged « Israeli and Palestinian leaders to pursue the way of dialogue and negotiation ». http://europa.eu.int/news/index_en.htm (go to « Council », right and click on « Solana », left)

* Following her visit to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank from 6 to 8 February, and the Sharm-el-Sheikh Declaration, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero Waldner on 9 February announced the European Commission expects to make around € 250 million available in 2005 to support further steps towards the creation of a viable Palestinian state. Part of this allocation may be used to help rebuild shattered infrastructure. During her trip where she had meetings at the highest level, Ms Ferrero-Waldner stressed that the EU can only help if the conditions are in place for such help to be sustainable. The funding announced will include support for political and financial reform in the Palestinian Authority, a contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and an infrastructure facility to support urgent projects and basic services. More on
http://europa.eu.int/news/index_en.htm and
http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/gaza/intro/index.htm .

* Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited EU institutions in Brussels on 8 and 9 February to discuss the recently re-launched Middle East Peace Process, and Israeli participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mr Olmert was received by EU High Representative Javier Solana with whom the political situation in the Middle East was discussed. The Israeli Deputy Prime Minister also had meetings with European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and her colleagues in charge of Transport, Vice-President Jacques Barrot, and Enterprise and Industry, Günter Verheugen. Discussions with Ms Ferrero-Waldner focused on the brighter prospects for peace in the Middle East, from where she had just returned, and the Neighbourhood Action Plan for Israel and how it can be implemented in the light of the recent Sharm-el-Sheikh meeting. The economic aspects of the Action Plan were discussed with Mr Verheugen, as well as the ways to enhance dialogue between the EU and Israeli business communities. The meeting with Mr Barrot was mainly devoted to transport aspects of the Action Plan.

* Greece is joining the Trust Fund of the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP). A € 2 million pledge was announced on 4 February by Greek Economy and Finance Minister Georgios Alogoskoufis on the occasion of the visit to Athens of the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in charge of FEMIP, Philippe de Fontaine Vive. FEMIP’s Trust Fund of approximately € 20-40 million was established in late 2004 to finance upstream technical assistance and risk capital operations, enabling EU Member States to channel additional funds for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. More at http://eib.eu.int/news/press/ .

* The Director General of the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office, Koos Richelle, visited Syria on 7 February. He and Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri discussed strengthening Euro-Mediterranean co-operation. In a public address to high-ranking Syrian officials and representatives of EU Member States, Mr Richelle stated that EU and Syria’s “shared efforts over the past 25 years have paved the way for more effective co-operation”. http://www.delsyr.cec.eu.int/en/index.asp .

* The informal Ad Hoc Group on Partnership Building Measures met on 9 February in Brussels. The Group took note of a Belgian proposal to organise a seminar on Demining that could take place in the autumn. The group approved the terms of reference for this seminar while it was recalled that the issue has to be seen in the general context of the Mine Ban Convention. A presentation was made by experts of ideas for setting up an early warning system for tsunamis in the Mediterranean. Participants looked favourably on the suggestions, while underlining that global efforts in this area have to be taken into account. On Civil Protection the Group discussed drawing up plans for assistance in the event of a tsunami. There was general consensus in favour of holding a seminar in the context of the MEDA funded Disaster Management pilot project.

* The Euro-Jordan Research and Innovation Sub-Committee will meet on 13 February in Amman. The Sub-Committee will first discuss Jordan’s participation in the EU’s 6th Research Framework Programme and the Marie Curie scolarships, the first steps in the negotiations for an EU-Jordan Science and Technology Agreement, and the use of research results by industry. The Sub-Committee will then turn to the regulatory aspects of audio-visual issues. The information society will also be discussed, notably electronic communications, the use of applications, and pilot projects under the MEDA funded EUMEDIS Regional Programme.

* Two Euro-Jordan connected Sub-Committees, one on Industry, Trade, Services and Investment Promotion, the other on Internal Market issues will meet on 14 and 15 February respectively in Amman. There will first be an introductory session on the role both Sub-Committees can play in implementing the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Industry Sub-Committee will discuss Liberalisation of Trade in Goods, Elimination of non-tariff barriers, Services and the right of establishment, Enterprise Policy, Investment Promotion, as well as the Doha Development Round. There will also be exchange of views on financial co-operation, including the MEDA funded ANIMA Regional Programme, and the EJADA Industrial Modernisation Programme. The Internal Market Sub-Committee will discuss a wide array of issues, ranging from Industrial Products and Services through Intellectual and Industrial Property, Public Procurement and Company Law to Competition and State Aid.

* A Seminar on adapting the EU Regional Policy’s methods to the Mediterranean Partners will be held on 14 February in Madrid on the joint initiative of France and Spain. The Seminar will bring together senior officials from several Mediterranean Partners, EU Member States, and the European Commission. Sessions will cover methods used in the EU Regional Policy and Euro-Mediterranean co-operation, as well as the European Neighbourhood Policy.

* A Conference/debate on Prospects for EU-Algeria Co-operation and the European Neighbourhood Policy in particular will take place on 15 February in Algiers on the Algerian authorities’ invitation. A presentation will be made by a senior European Commission official. This will be followed by a debate with the audience, composed of some 120 senior representatives (officials in the Algerian Presidency and Ministries involved, parliamentarians, researchers, senior managers of state shareholding companies, and executives in the National Institute for Global Strategy Studies). The European Neighbourhood Policy in the Mediterranean region aims to reinforce the Barcelona Process, and is an offer to all Mediterranean Partners.


Lending under the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP), managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), reached a record € 2.2 billion in 2004, the EIB announced on 3 February. The four main beneficiary areas were the Private Sector (33%); Transport (30%); Energy (25%); and the Environment (8%). http://eib.eu.int/news/press/

The establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean energy market for gas and electricity within the planned Euro-Med Free Trade Area is possible, but it will require very substantial political commitment, arrangements to mitigate losses for those entities likely to lose out, and strong EU technical assistance support. Those are the broad conclusions to be presented at the Final Seminar for the MEDA funded “Reform of the Legal and Institutional Energy Frameworks” project, managed by the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office, which will be held from 15 to 17 February in Salzburg, Austria. Presentations will be made of the Regional Road Map and National Road Maps prepared within the project. Key obstacles to their implementation will be analysed, the sustainability of the process will be reviewed, and the need and scope for follow-up MEDA projects will be identified. The Energy Reform project is co-ordinated by Germany’s Decon company (Deutsche Energie Consult).

Senior managers from Investment Promotion Agencies in Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Cyprus will look at how Innovation can boost Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at a MEDA funded Seminar to be held from 14 to 17 February in Malta. The Seminar, entitled “The Impact of a National Innovation Policy on FDI”, will take place within the ANIMA Regional Programme (Euro-Mediterranean Network of Investment Promotion Agencies), managed by the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office. The Seminar is organised by ANIMA in co-operation with Malta Enterprise, the focal point for local and international business in Malta. Specific subjects to be discussed include the regulatory environment for innovation and financial incentives. Presentations will be made of policies in each participating country. European and Mediterranean case studies will be analysed, and a visit to a Maltese Business Incubation Centre will complement the programme. http://www.animaweb.org

A group of European Commission senior officials and experts visited Jordan from 24 January to 3 February to assess the EU’s direct budgetary assistance to the country, and to prepare for a new programme. The group held talks with Jordan’s Finance Minister Mohammed Abu Hammour, and his colleague in charge of Public Sector Reform, Ahmad Masadeh, as well as officials at the Ministries of Planning and International Co-operation, Industry and Trade. Jordan could receive a further € 15 million in 2005 under the 3rd Structural Adjustment Facility totalling € 60 million, and a new € 40 million programme is scheduled to be signed this year. “The EU’s budgetary assistance represents a vote of confidence in the Jordanian reform model”, the Head of the European Commission Delegation in Amman, Robert van der Meulen, stated. http://www.deljor.cec.eu.int

A journalistic prize for the best articles published on Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage will be awarded by the European Commission as part of “2005, Year of the Mediterranean”. The competition is open to journalists under 35 years of age from EU countries and Mediterranean Partners. It is organised by the Management Unit for the MEDA funded Euromed Heritage Programme, managed by the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office. Please see regulations on http://www.euromedheritage.net


Egypt’s progress in terms of modernising the economy, reforming the legal framework and advancing social development is the object of a 226 page study prepared and published by the MEDA supported Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Institutes (FEMISE). The study, entitled “Egypt Country Profile”, is the first in a series of 10 documents covering all Mediterranean Partners. It can be downloaded from the FEMISE web site: http://www.femise.org

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