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Event ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’ conference of the foreign affairs ministers

Prior to the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’ ministerial conference, the foreign affairs ministers of the EU Member States, along with Javier Solana, the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Commissioner for External Relations, will, at the invitation of Bernard Kouchner, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, meet on 3 November in Marseilles, on the eve of the US presidential elections, to finalise their plans for establishing a balanced, closer cooperation with the United States.
At the Gymnich in Avignon, the ministers had discussed how the European Union could strengthen political dialogue with the United States to carry more weight in the resolution of regional crises and to intensify transatlantic cooperation for dealing with major global challenges.

The ministerial meeting will be held at the Palais du Pharo from 12:30 to 15:30.

The conditions for press access are the same as for the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’ ministerial conference.

Contact information Press contact: Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, Directorate for Communication and Information: Anne Boillon & Olivier Gauvin (email: ;
Phone: + 33 1 43 17 52 01
Event type Conference
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Source French Presidency of the UE
Geographical coverage France
Address Palais du Pharo, France
Organizer French Presidency of the UE
Target audience Regional
Period [03/11/2008 - 04/11/2008]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH