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News Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly adopted Recommendation on its role in the Union for the Mediterranean and a Declaration on the Middle East

The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) is recommending to the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers that it formally declares it as the parliamentary institution of the process. It wishes to see “a legal basis created and a formal link established between the executive branch and the parliamentary branch of the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”.
The Recommendation, that defines what the EMPA should be doing as a consultative body, was adopted at the Assembly’s extraordinary plenary recently held in Jordan. It will be forwarded to the Foreign Ministers meeting, taking place 3-4 November, in France, along with a separate Declaration on the Middle East Peace process.
In the Declaration, it considers the fact that the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean was attended by the most senior political authorities in the states concerned by the Middle East peace process “demonstrates their shared goal of creating an area of peace, prosperity and mutual understanding.”
The EMPA calls on “the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean Conference of Foreign Ministers, to continue to require strict compliance with the conditions on which the success of their (political, financial and material) commitment depends, by continuing to insist on respect for international law…”
The Foreign Ministers meeting will follow up the decisions taken at the Paris Summit for the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”, that brought together over 40 European and Mediterranean States, the Community institutions and regional organisations.
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Contact information Thomas Dudrap, Press Service, European Parliament (email:
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News type Inbrief
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Source of information European Parliament
Keyword(s) Mediterranean-Union
Geographical coverage Euromed
News date 16/10/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH