Nevertheless, a few preliminary observations can be made:
In these circumstances, regional cooperation appears as an essential dimension for building stronger collective resilience in a given region.
The Covid-19 crisis is yet another illustration of the strategic need for countries in the Euro-Mediterranean-African region to work closely together.
In the last two decades, the Euro-Mediterranean-African region witnessed a number of critical moments which already made it clear that regional challenges do call for regional solutions: terrorists attacks, irregular migration crisis, financial crisis, conflicts, development gaps, youth unemployment and social unrest.
In this respect, Covid-19 does not appear as a disruption of a given reality but as an accelerator of a global trend.
Therefore, the Euro-Mediterranean-African region has a golden opportunity to design a new common future.
In this perspective, the Mediterranean – this European, African and Asian Sea- is more than ever at the center of these global evolutions. This reaffirmed centrality paves the way for a new vison for the region, one that would strengthen regional collective resilience and enable the whole region to contribute positively to peace, security and development in the World.
As we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona declaration, let us remain faithful to the core principles of peace and shared prosperity that were defined in 1995 and work to adapt the vision and its modus operandi to present circumstances through:
The coincidence of the post Covid crisis with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process is therefore a unique opportunity to open a new chapter for Euro-Mediterranean-African cooperation.
Winston Churchill once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. The Covid-19 crisis is a call for regional action. To this effect, the Union for the Mediterranean plays a pivotal role.