Interviews

Following her first election to the European Parliament for Bulgarian party GERB in 2009, Mariya Gabriel was nominated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, as Chief of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. On 19 October 2012 she was elected Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Women.

In 2014, Mariya Gabriel became a Member of the European Parliament for a second mandate. Since then she is Head of the Bulgarian EPP Delegation and Vice-President of the EPP Group ...

Pau Relat, Chief Executive Officer of MAT Holding, has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and MBA in IESE. Has a wide experience in the chemical sector, developed in Industrias Químicas del Válles as executive director. He is president of the Commission of Internationalization of the Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona and member of the plenary, member of the General Council of Barcelona Fira and vice-president of FemCat Private Foundation of Entrepreneurs. Moreover, he was awarded as the Emergent Entrepreneurial of the year 2014 in Spain granted by EY, with the sponsorship ...

Mohamed Bouagina and Hassan Al-Zaza are two young Tunisian and Syrian beneficiaries of the UfM-labelled project “Euro-Mediterranean Masters and PhD programmes” at the EMUNI University (Slovenia). They are currently studying the Masters in Intercultural Business Communication.

What is your assessment of this Masters programme and its content?

M.B: So far I have learned a lot and the programme definitely has this special component that makes it different from the other programmes. I would definitely recommend it to other students.

H.A: Overall I am satisfied with the Masters. Our Masters ...

Brussels, 18 April 2016. The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Fathallah Sijilmassi, gave a comprehensive presentation about the activities and projects promoted by the UfM in 2015 together with an overview of its work programme for the current year.

Mr Sijilmassi presented the 41 projects labelled by the UfM Member States in the priority areas of youth employability, inclusive growth, women’s empowerment and sustainable development, highlighting the growing number of beneficiaries and the positive impact that these can have in the Euro-Mediterranean re...

Ms. Luma Sukarieh, of Jordan, is a young beneficiary of the UfM-labelled project “Young Women as Job Creators” and winner of the UfM – AFAEMME Young Women as Job Creators Award for the best business idea.

UfM: What motivated you to participate in the Women Entrepreneurship Days (a series of seminars on entrepreneurship held under the framework of the Young Women as Job Creators project)?

Luma Sukarieh (LS): What drove me to participate was the need to fill a gap. As young entrepreneurs, I feel we are capable of generating creative ideas. However, we do not possess the experien...

Soukeina El Bouj is a young Moroccan woman, beneficiary of the UfM-labelled programme “Young Women as Job Creators”.

UfM: In your opinion, what important role can women play in terms of job creation?

Soukeina El Bouj (S. E.) : For me, a woman is already a leader. A woman who looks after the home, her children, her husband; she’s already a female entrepreneur. We need to give women a place in society where they can play an active role, where they can drive female entrepreneurship to a higher level in the Mediterranean countries.

UfM: Tell us about your project.

S. E. : I’m currently ...