Barcelona 15 September, 2014. The UfM Senior Officials endorsed the renewal of Jordan as the southern co-presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean during the fourth UfM Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held this year in Brussels.
The European Union assumed the permanent northern co-presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean after the decision of the Council of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs in February 2012. Jordan assumes the southern co-presidency since June, 2012.
The north-south co-presidency was introduced by the Paris Summit in July, 2008 as a measure to secure co-ownership and shared responsibility of the process between Northern and Southern Mediterranean countries.