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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 17 June 2013

UfM: new support for facilitating trade with the South Mediterranean

On the occasion of his third visit to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, Commissioner Füle has announced new support for a programme for the South Mediterranean region. Called “Logismed Training Activities”, the programme has been launched today in Barcelona. The programme aims to improve the logistics sector and hence facilitate trade. It is targeting Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan; which are all currently undertaking important reforms and investments in the logistics and trade sectors. By providing specifically designed training programmes, conducting awareness campaigns and facilitating the certification of professionals, the EU aims to improve the trade of goods between Southern Mediterranean Partners Countries and the EU. This will boost regional economic integration in the region.

"The logistics sector in the Southern Mediterranean region plays an essential role in boosting economic development and facilitates trade between both sides of the Mediterranean, for which a well-skilled labour force is vital. Activities supported by the programme adopted today will help to achieve this" Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle commented.

On his visit to Barcelona, Commissioner Füle also held discussions with Secretary General Sijilmassi. He noted the strong and expanding cooperation between the European Commission and the UfM Secretariat General, confirming the Commission's continuing support to the organisation.

He welcomed the increased professionalism and dedication of the secretariat which was contributing to the preparation of a strong pipeline of projects. He noted in this regard the need to work more on jobs creation, in particular with SMEs.

Commissioner Füle and Secretary General Sijilmassi also reviewed preparation of sectorial ministerial meetings which will start in September. These meetings will create new opportunities for regional dialogue in key sectors, notably transport, energy and trade, and contribute to the early identification of priorities for new concrete projects.

Background

The total value of the Logismed TA programme is €3 million for a period of four years. It will be implemented by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The programme will complement the on-going EU support for the development of logistic platforms in the Southern Mediterranean. It involves private and public sectors and is supported by the 43 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

Regional programmes complement bilateral actions in the related policy areas. They are based on the objectives and principles described in the Regional Strategy Paper (2007-2013) for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership1; the Regional Indicative Programme 2011-2013 for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership2, as well as the policy orientations laid down in the two Joint Communications of the European Commission and of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy "A partnership for democracy and shared prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean"3 and "A new response to a changing Neighbourhood"4. They cover the 10 southern ENP partners, namely Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria (co-operation with Syria being temporarily suspended) and Tunisia.

For more information

Logismed Training Activities project:

http://ufmsecretariat.org/ufm-labelled-project-logismedta-to-contribute-to-the-creation-of-jobs-in-the-region-2/

Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm

EU projects in the field of transport in the Southern Mediterranean:

http://www.enpi-info.eu/thememed.php?subject=8

Contacts :

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

1 :

C(2007)672 of 27 February 2007.

2 :

C(2010)9365 of 22 December 2010.

3 :

COM(2011)200 of 8 March 2011.

4 :

COM(2011)303 of 25 May 2011.


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