Bridges towards Europe through social media conversations
Despite the political roadblocks to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), it’s the political instability in the Arab world, the intensification of an economic crisis which undermines the foundations of the European integration process, which should offer countries of Southern Europe an opportunity to be more conducive and pro-active in raising funds for Mediterranean projects.
In order to justify not only its existence, but also an increase in resources, between now and 2014, the Secretariat must at least achieve a few concrete objectives: for example, a greater commitment on the part of European institutions, taking advantage of the fact that the High Representative will take on the northern co-presidency; the operative launch of a dozen projects of considerable magnitude that imply the total mobilization of over a billion euros; the contribution by a broad majority of the 43 members of the UfM of financial resources or personnel to the secretariat; achieving consolidation as an agent that unites wills and multiplies results, strengthening the relationship, for example, with the EIB; and finally gathering a broad network of collaboration not only with economic and political actors but also with opinion leaders and members of the civil society
About the Union for the Mediterranean
The Union for the Mediterranean is a multilateral partnership with a view to increasing the potential for regional integration and cohesion among Euro-Mediterranean partners. The Union for the Mediterranean is inspired by the shared political will to revitalize efforts to transform the Mediterranean into an area of peace, democracy, cooperation and prosperity. The creation of a joint secretariat is a key stone in this partnership. The Secretariat will contribute to reinforcing co ownership of new Mediterranean relations and achieving visibility through economic projects.