Business Development

The UfM Secretariat and ANIMA Investment Network launched two Euro-Mediterranean projects aimed at developing investments that contribute to inclusive growth in the Mediterranean. A more effective regional integration is crucial to ensure a better socio-economic future for the region. Broader connectivity, trade and investment, as well as a steadier path towards sustainable development could greatly increase the competitiveness of the whole Euro-Mediterranean region in the global economy.

Barcelona, 15 March 2016. Promoting regional economic cooperation and integration is at the core of

• The UfM Secretariat, ANIMA, the cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean; and iesMed, the cooperative platform to boost the Mediterranean Social Economy are organising a seminar in Barcelona, on 14 and 15 March 2016, about inclusive investment in the Mediterranean. • The seminar will be based around the launch of two UfM projects – EDILE and EMIPO – two Euro-Mediterranean initiatives aimed at developing investments that contribute to inclusive growth in the Mediterranean.

Barcelona, 10 March, 2016. The Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (...

• HOMERe stakeholders sign a cooperation charter and adopt action plan for 2016-2017 to improve employability prospects of talented postgraduates through internship mobility experiences in transnational companies in the Mediterranean. • Labelled under the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the project will be implemented during this pilot phase in nine Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Morocco and Tunisia.

Villa Méditerranée (Marseille), 2 March 2016. On 2 March, the 15 partners forming HOMERe Consortium gathered in M...

• At their first meeting of 2016, the Senior Officials of the Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) approved four new regional projects in the fields of Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment. • The meeting also provided an opportunity for the 43 Member State representatives to highlight the achievements of 2015 with a view to further develop regional cooperation and integration in the Mediterranean within the framework of the UfM.

Barcelona, 19 February 2016. The Senior Officials of the UfM member countries met on 16 February in Bruss...

Following-up on the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Digital Economy, endorsed last September 2014 in Brussels, the UfM Secretariat is working together with key partners to remove the regional barriers in the digital sector.

The UfM Secretariat is working together with relevant partners and stakeholders to advance actions identified in the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Digital Economy. The main objective is to remove the regional barriers in the digital sector, namely e-trust services including e-signatures, e-health, connectivity for research & education institutions, harmonisation of ...

• The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean attended the 12th Meeting of Foreign Ministers, hosted in Tangier by the Kingdom of Morocco as Co-President of the 5+5 Dialogue. • 100,000 young people are benefiting directly from 16 of the 33 UfM-labelled projects in a region with almost 30% youth unemployment. • These projects are related to areas such as education and mobility (the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes ); employability (the Med4Jobs initiative); business creation (“Generation Entrepreneur” project), and women’s empowerment, with 10 projects launched and 50...