At their meeting on 26 November, the Foreign Ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean countries praised the launch of the Barcelona Process 20 years ago. Germany was represented by Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth at the meeting, which was held in the same venue as the original launch.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership was established with the Barcelona Declaration of 1995, and brings together the EU member states, the countries on the southern shores of the Mediterranean and Jordan and Mauritania. The Foreign Ministers took stock of the achievements of the Barcelona Process and discussed the Union for the Mediterranean’s agenda for the future. The meeting was co‑chaired by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative, and Nasser Judeh, the Jordanian Foreign Minister.
“More regional integration and social cohesion”
Minister of State Roth made the following comments with regard to the current political environment:
In the light of the tremendous security and migration policy challenges, we urgently need more regional integration, more economic development and more social cohesion. The Union for the Mediterranean can make an important contribution on these issues.