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News Report of the expert group convened by the Mediterranean Institute on the Mediterranean Union project

The Mediterranean Institute in Marseille (France) discussed the French presidency project on the Mediterranean Union to highlight the central dimensions of this process and the conditions for its success. To this end, a dozen of experts have auditioned in July 2007 personalities involved in the construction of the Mediterranean Union to bring about a dozen major topics considered in this ambition. The expert group's report was submitted on October 30, 2007.

The panel of experts convened by the Institute of the Mediterranean has identified ten themes that
appear essential to the viability of the Mediterranean Union proposed by the French presidency.

On the environmental front, the panel recommends the installation of an observational system on the Mediterranean environment and sustainable development, to promote a prior consultation of political leaders of the bordering countries before every international meeting concerning the construction of the international environmental law through the international thematic conventions including the climate and biodiversity. These guidelines could lead to the installation of three institutions, which are: "A Mediterranean Commission of Sustainable Development", "A Mediterranean Observatory of Sustainable Development", and "A Mediterranean Water Agency" responsible for cleaning the pollution of the
Mediterranean, a better utilisation of water and its intraregional transfer.

- French version of the report -

Contact information Institut de la Méditerranée, Palais du Pharo: 58, Bd Charles Livon – 13007 Marseille – France (email:
Phone: +33 (0) 491 31 51 95 ; Fax: +33 (0) 491 31 50 38
News type Inbrief
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Source of information The Mediterranean Institute (Marseille)
Keyword(s) Mediterranean-Union
Geographical coverage France
News date 10/01/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH