Barcelona, 18 April, 2013. On the 16th of April, the Secretary General of the UfM took part in the 10th Ministerial Conference of the 5+5 Dialogue that took place in Mauritania. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, Mauritania, France, Malta, Libya, Tunis, Portugal and Deputy Ministers from Italy, Spain and Morocco took part in the Conference strengthening the cooperation in Western Mediterranean.
The final declaration adopted praises the “key role of the UfM to reinforce regional and sub-regional cooperation through concrete projects”. Particularly, Ministers mentioned the relevance of the Business Forum to be organized with the Secretariat of the UfM and the UFM projects in the field of Education, particularly the project of a Euro – Mediterranean University in Fez.
Ministers welcomed the “advancement of the work of the Secretariat of the UfM and the implementation this year of concrete projects of regional and sub-regional dimension in the fields of water, higher education, women entrepreneurship, employment, transport and logistics”.
Ministers also stressed in the Declaration the importance of assuring the complementarity of the action of the 5+5 Dialogue and the Secretariat of the UfM.
In his speech during the Ministerial Conference, the Secretary General offered the support of the UfM Secretariat to be a useful tool for the implementation of the projects decided in the 5+5 Dialogue and its readiness to assure synergies between different Mediterranean stakeholders.
Secretary General thanked the Mauritanian Government and particularly the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the organization of the Conference and their engagement in supporting regional cooperation in the Mediterranean. He also held meetings with several Ministers of Foreign Affairs attending the conference.