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Genoa - Gathered in Genoa, the participants stressed out the need for Mediterranean maritime integration addressing maritime safety against piracy and the acceleration of maritime commerce in the region.

The Mediterranean Strategy Group is a platform and network activity of theGerman Marshall Fund of the United States’s Mediterranean Policy Program, launched in 2008. The program is conducted in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI) and with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, ENEL, the OCP Group, the CalousteGulbenkian Foundation, and the L...

Rome - This annual conference held on the 23 November was the occasion to discuss key issues such as the aftermaths of the economic crisis in the region, industrial policies, or trade liberalization.

Senior Deputy Secretary General Lino Cardarelli attended the FEMISE Annual Conference 2010 with the theme “Structural Transformation and the Role of the EU-Med Partnership”.

Over the past few decades, the southern Mediterranean partner countries have attempted to diversify their economies with a view of converging with the living standards in advanced countries, in Europe and elsewhere. The ...

Bussels - UfMS Secretary General Ahmad Masa’deh participated along with other UfM employment and labour ministers and high officials in the 2nd UfM Employment and Labour Ministerial meeting hosted by the Belgian EU Presidency in Brussels on 21-22 November 2010. Although a ministerial declaration was not attained, a Chairs’ conclusion set priorities for employment in the UfM area to ensure that the economic recovery goes hand in hand with the creation of more decent jobs and with poverty alleviation, and to step up the momentum for concrete action at national and regional levels.

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Marseille - This assembly was the occasion for a first balance of the dynamic platform activities which develops the exchange of knowledge and joint learning as a tool for sustainable public policies in the Mediterranean.

Created in October 2009, the Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), organised its second annual assembly on 18 November 2010, in their headquarters of the Villa Valmer in Marseille. The meeting, chaired by Vice President of the World Bank Shamshad Akhtar and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Philippe de Fontaine Vive, set the first balance...

Paris - Senior Deputy Secretary General Lino Cardarelli attended the high-level meeting on “SMEs & Entrepreneurship: Lesson from the global crisis and way forward to job creation and growth”. This seminar was held on 17-18 November 2010 the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the first OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs (Bologna, June 2000).

Three main themes were covered during this high-level meeting: first of all, innovative SMEs and entrepreneurship for job creation and growth, second, improving SMEs and entrepreneurship financing and third, SMEs and green growth. During this con...