Barcelona – The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Youssef Amrani, received Mr. Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, President and spokesman CiU parliamentary group in the Congress of Deputies, at the headquarters of the Secretariat Union for the Mediterranean.
After their meeting, the two officials made a declaration to the media, where they articulated their common strategic vision for the Mediterranean. They declared that the Mediterranean is an area of great importance in the international context, witnessing a critical time of change, not only for the democratic transitions that are happening on the south shore, but also the economic crisis in Europe is a major challenge. « The Mediterranean is a priority for Europe and the European Union has to bet on the UfM, » said Duran i Lleida. « The Union for the Mediterranean should be the catalyst for the European policy in the Mediterranean, it is the only platform that combines regional Mediterranean policy », he continued, « without the UfM no political future for the Mediterranean ».
“The Mediterranean is present on the international scene through the Union for the Mediterranean. Our role is to accompany the process of democratic transitions, aimed to establish peace and stability in the region, » added Youssef Amrani. He expressed that he attended last week in New York a high level meeting of G8 Deauville Partnership on Libya.