Barcelona, 5 September, 2013. The former President of Portugal, HE Dr Jorge Sampaio, visited today the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona, where he had meetings with Secretary General Sijilmassi and UfM representatives. Discussions focused on the perspectives of developing synergies for the implementation of concrete regional cooperation projects, particularly in the area of youth mobility.
The UfM Secretariat is developing a reflection, to be submitted to the member countries of the UfM, on a joint initiative aiming at providing Higher education support to Syrian refugees. This support would complement other on-going or planned initiatives and would build on the partnerships already existing between the Secretariat and the networks of Higher education institutions in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.
During the meeting, President Sampaio acknowledged the importance of the development of UfM activities on the basis of concrete project implementation and the strengthening of regional cooperation.