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Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

I Calendar of priority actions of the Barcelona process
II Information sheets on future meetings
III Conclusions of previous meetings

Issue: March 1999
European Commission

CALENDAR OF PRIORITY ACTIONS OF THE BARCELONA PROCESS

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

15-16 April 1999

3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Foreign Ministers

Stuttgart

None

 

COMMITTEE FOR THE BARCELONA PROCESS

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

19 March 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Committee for the Barcelona process

Bonn

None

14 April 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Committee for the Barcelona process

Stuttgart

None

8 June 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Committee for the Barcelona process

Brussels

None

 

POLITICAL AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

18 March 1999

Senior Officials meeting on Political and Security questions

Bonn

None

14 April 1999

Senior Officials meeting on Political and Security questions

Stuttgart

None

23-26 April 1999

Information Session For Diplomats

Malta

None

7 June 1999

Senior Officials meeting on Political and Security questions

Brussels

None

To be determined

Seminar of persons with politico-military responsibilities on the use of military forces for humanitarian tasks (to be confirmed)

Rome

To come

To be confirmed

Meeting of Institutes of Defence Studies

Paris

January 1997 Edition

To be confirmed

Workshop for diplomats on cultural dialogue

Cairo

April 1997 Edition

 

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

9-10 March 1999

3rd Meeting of experts on economic transition

Brussels

February 1999 edition

23-24 March 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Transport Forum

Malta

October 1998 edition

18-20 April 1999

6th Monitoring Committee meeting on cooperation in RTD

Bremen

Agenda enclosed

11-12 May 1999

Seminar on support to tourism policies

Nice

January 1999 edition

21-23 May 1999
(to be confirmed)

Forum on the Information Society

Palma de Mallorca

To come

1st semester 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Cultural Heritage and Information Society

Cairo

October 1998 edition

2nd term 1999

Meeting of Euro-Mediterranean Water Directors

Tunis

Enclosed

2nd semester 1999

Second Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial conference on local water management

Turin

Enclosed

 

PARTNERSHIP IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND HUMAN AFFAIRS

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

1-2 March 1999

Experts meeting in the field of migration and human exchange in the Euro-Mediterranean region

The Hague

June 1998 Edition

June 1999
(to be confirmed)

Ad-hoc meeting on a Euro-Mediterranean observatory for employment and vocational training

Tunis

January 1999 Edition

1st semester 1999

Seminar on study "violence and politics in modern society"

Netherlands

June 1998 Edition

September/

October 1999

Youth Conference : Europe and the Mediterranean

Malta

January 1999 Edition

1999-2000

Seminars on human rights in Euro-Mediterranean judiciary systems

Morocco-Spain

January 1999 Edition

To be determined

Initiative for cooperation on books and translation

To be determined

January 1999 Edition

 

OTHER EVENTS*

Date

Event

Location

Fiche

7-8 March 1999

Conference of Presidents of Euro-Mediterranean Parliaments

Palma de Mallorca

None

20 March 1999

Informal joint meeting of the senior officials on political and security questions and EuroMeSco members

Bonn

Enclosed

12-16 April 1999

Civil Forum

Stuttgart

To come

10-22 May 1999

Euro-Mediterranean Educational Session for Decision-Makers

Milan

October 1998 edition

* Not all these events have been formally approved by the Euro-Mediterranean Committee for the Barcelona process.

 

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP

 

"Euro-Mediterranean Political and Security Partnership"

Informal EuroMeSCo-Senior Officials Seminar

Bonn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 20 March 1999

 

Introduction

The joint informal Seminar of Senior Officials of the countries participating in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and representatives of the non-governmental network of Euro-Mediterranean foreign policy institutes, EuroMeSCo, is co-organised by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, as member of EuroMeSCo, and the German Foreign Office, since the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference of April 1999 will be held under the auspices of the German Presidency of the European Union.


Objectives

The Joint Seminar aims at an informal dialogue and exchange of ideas between the governmental and non-governmental level in the spirit of the Barcelona Declaration to "turn the Mediterranean into an area of dialogue and cooperation guaranteeing peace, stability and prosperity".

At the official policy level, the Seminar will be an opportunity for the Senior Officials to develop and discuss different ideas in preparation for the Ministerial Conference on 15 and 16 April. At EuroMeSCo level, the Seminar will be an occasion to present the outcome of their meetings, proposals and recommendations to governmental representatives working at the official policy level.


Execution

The Seminar will be held in Bonn, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Saturday 20th March.

The Seminar entails three consecutive sessions. The morning session, after the opening of the seminar made by the German Presidency, will focus on the Euro-Mediterranean Political and Security Partnership From Barcelona to Stuttgart. The first afternoon session will deal with the Euro-Mediterranean Charter and Partnership Building Measures, and the second one will preferably concentrate in the role of EuroMeSCo, its future contributions and expectations.

Each working session will be introduced by EuroMeSCo representatives (presentations of 10 minutes each) and will be followed by the Senior Officials' comments (5 minutes each). The general discussion will be open after the comments.


Contacts

Dr. Volker Perthes, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, D-82067 Ebenhausen • Zeller Weg 27, Fax: (49) 8178 / 70-312 • Phone: (49) 8178 / 70-0, E-mail: perthes@swp.extern.lrz-muenchen.de

 

European Commission, DG IB A4, March 1999

 

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN COOPERATION IN RTD

6th Monitoring Committee meeting

Bremen, 18-20 April 1999

Draft Agenda

18 April 1999

09.00-17.00* Guided tour of Bremen and visit to the German Maritime Museum

19.00 Registration

20.00 Welcome address

Official dinner hosted by the European Commission


19 April 1999

09.00 Opening of the meeting by the Chairman

09.15 Presentation of novel RTD National Policies and cooperation activities (round table)

10.00 Joint RTD cooperation success stories: special focus on means and tools for dissemination and valorisation of research results

11.15 Coffee Break

11.45 Presentation, discussion and approval of the assessment report on the Committee's work evolution

12.30 Presentation of the Euro-Mediterranean S&T Web site
(Joint Research Centre/IPTS – Seville)

13.15 Conclusions by the Chairman and Lunch

15.00 State of advancement of the 5th FP's implementation and of other Community programmes of interest: information by the Commission

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Establishment of Working Groups: introduction by the Chairman

WG1. Enhancing synergies between the Framework Programme of the Community and National RTD Programmes: exploiting the opportunities for complementary actions;

WG2. Investing in research capacity and excellence: updating the action plan in the context of regional integration and cooperation

18.30 Chairmen and rapporteurs meet to draft a summary for the final discussion and the next day's conclusions

20.00 Reception and dinner hosted by the Bremen Senate


20 April 1999

09.00 Parallel Working Group sessions: discussion on follow-up and drafting of reports

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Presentation of Working Groups’ reports and plenary discussion

12.45 Conclusions by the Chairman

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Workplan up-dating and establishment of future priorities

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Conclusions by the Chairman and closure of the meeting

20.00 Official dinner hosted by the German Presidency of the European Union


21 April 1999

Departure of participants

 

Annex 1


Social Programme


Sunday, 18 April 1999

9.00 Guided Tour to downtown Bremen

11.00 Meeting with all participants at Marriot Hotel

11.15 Departure to Bremerhaven by coach

12.15 Arrival at Bremerhaven
Joint lunch on board of the museum ship "Seute Deem"

14.00 Guided tour of the "Deutsches Schiffartmuseum"
(German Maritime Museum)

15.00 Time to explore the museum at leisure

16.15 Departure to Bremen

17.15 Arrival at Bremen


EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • Action plan for the next 18 months
  • Consolidation of synergies among national RTD programmes and the Community RTD Framework Programme
  • Adoption of the assessment report concerning past achievements and the Committee’s future role and activities
  • Recommendation on appropriate means and tools for valorisation and utilisation of RTD results in the Region

 

Contact persons: Mr. G. Borsalino - European Commission/DG XII - Tel. +32.2.2959865; fax: +32.2.2966252; e-mail: giuseppe.borsalino@dg12.cec.be. Mr.Andre Schlochtermeier - German Aerospace Centre - Tel.: +49.228.4492230; fax: +49.228.4492222, e-mail: Andre.Schlochtermeier@dlr.de)

 

European Commission, DG IB A4, March 1999

 

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP

 

General Framework of the meeting

The Barcelona Declaration and its work programme reaffirmed the need for a regional approach and increased cooperation in the Mediterranean. Cooperation in the Water sector enters in the realm of the Economic Chapter of the Euromed Partnership and is one of the priorities in Euromed cooperation. The Euromediterranean Conference of Marseilles of November 1996 represents an important step for Euromediterranean cooperation in the water field and recommends to take into account the operations and structures that already exist and the use of existing structures and networks, specifically the Mediterranean Water Network. This Euromediterranean Water Directors meeting will explore the transformation of the Mediterranean Water Network created in the framework of the Rome Water Charter of 1992 into the Euromediterranean Water System.


Object of the Meeting

- Prepare the Ministerial Conference of Turin of the 2nd semester 1999.

- Study the prospects and proposals for Euromediterranean Cooperation in the local water sector in preparation of the Ministerial Conference of Turin.

- Discuss technical recommendations related to Capacity Building and sustainable local water management.


Character of the meeting

- The discussions will be structured around the conclusions and proposals resulting from the preceding General Assembly of the Mediterranean Water Network.

- The presentation of technical key note papers will structure the technical discussions on Capacity Building.


The participants in the Meeting

The meeting is directed and open to all the 27 Water Directors of the Euromediterranean Partners. Technical presentations could be made by the representatives of international organizations with programmes and projects in the Mediterranean and the European Commission , as well as water experts for specific presentations.


The organization of the meeting

This meeting will be organised jointly by Tunisia and Spain. The Tunisian Government have created and organisational committee with the participation of the Ministries of Environment an Agriculture and the main public companies in charge of water, wastewater and environmental management, in order to organise this meeting. The meeting will be hosted by Tunisia at the highest level with the participation of both Ministers of Environment and Agriculture. Spain as organiser of the meeting will coordinate the preparation of the framework documents and will liaise with the European Commission and the interested countries in the organization of the meeting.


Place and date of the meeting

The proposed meeting will take place in Tunis, hosted by the Tunisian Government. It will take place during the second quarter of 1999 after the General Assembly of the Mediterranean Water Network

 

Contact Point:

Josefina Maestu, General Secretary, Mediterranean Water Network, Ministry of Environment, Modesto Lafuente 63, Madrid 28003, Tel +3415350640, Fax +34915333663. E-mail: 106173.2041@compuserve.com.

 

European Commission, DG IB A4, March 1999

 

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP

 

SECOND EURO-MEDITERRANEAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

ON LOCAL WATER MANAGEMENT
Turin, 2nd semester 1999

 

General Framework

This initiative of Algeria and Italy has the purpose of making an in-depth evaluation of the results of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Local Water Management which was held at Marseilles on 25-26 November 1996 and of taking a decision on new perspectives in the priority sectors of the Partnership.

On the occasion of the Marseilles Conference the Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System (EMWIS) was launched. The Project was discussed and approved on 9-10 December 1997 at Naples by the Conference of the Directors-General for water of the 27 Euro-Mediterranean partners.

Since then the considerable importance of water has been confirmed from the environmental standpoint, for its economic value and in view of its role in all aspects of the development process. Water is also a vital and essential resource having implications on the social side, particularly in the Mediterranean.


These factors will stimulate in the near future large scale activities, with the possible creation of new entities for integrated water management, both at regional and sub-regional levels.

The experience gained with EMWIS has contributed to the identification of a number of priorities for the improvement of the management of water resources specifically institutional strengthening training of managers and technical staff, improvement of integrated water cycle services and the allocation of water resources among different uses. The experience gained after three years’ concertation and collaboration, as well as the resulting indications, will be on the table of the Ministerial Conference, which should also express itself its views the possibility of taking into account the potential of the Mediterranean Water Network, which is specifically mentioned in the work programme annexed to the Barcelona Declaration,


Specific objectives of the initiative

- The developments that have taken place since the Marseilles Conference will be submitted to the 27 Water Ministers.

- The results achieved by EMWIS at mid-point will be assessed.

- The guidelines for future cooperation for the improvement of water management in the Mediterranean will be defined, with reference also to new sources and recycling.


Contents of the initiative

Organisation of a Conference, three years after the one held in Marseilles, in order to examine and define at political level the future course of enhanced cooperation on water resources, in the Mediterranean. The conclusions for the Conference could be embodied in a Plan of Action on Water of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. Thought will be given to the possible incorporation of the Mediterranean Water Network in EMWIS.


Participation and scope of the initiative

The Conference is envisaged at Ministerial level (Ministers of Environment or Public Works, who could be assisted by their Directors-General for Water). The participation, in an observer capacity, of institutions responsible for water management and the provision of services will be welcome. The Conference should be planned in a way to facilitate the cooperation of these institutions with a broad range of entities operating in various fields of the Water Sector.


Organizational aspects

Algeria and Italy as sponsors of these initiatives, strongly wish that all concerned countries be associated with the preparatory activities. Italy will be the organizer and host of the Conference in cooperation with the host city. In keeping with their role as initiating parties, Algeria and Italy will

maintain close contact with the European Commission as well as with all interested countries. Italy and Algeria also express their gratitude to those countries which already have contributed actively to progress in this sector and which have indicated their availability to participate in the preparatory activities for the Conference. Specifically, these are the countries which are members of the Steering Committee created at Marseilles and which play a very active role in the implementation of EMWIS, namely, in addition to Algeria and Italy, Cyprus, France, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, Spain and the Palestinian Authority.


Date and venue

It is proposed that the Conference be held in Turin in the course of the second half of 1999, taking into account the wish of the city to inaugurate during the same period a new Regional Integrated Training Centre in this field.


Algerian authorities will be officially represented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Land Management in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Italian authorities will be officially represented by the Ministry of Public Works in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Contact Point: Mr Walter Mazzitti, President of the EMWIS Steering Committee and of Italy’s Inter-Ministerial Commission for EMWIS C/o Ministry of Public Works, 2 via Nomentana - 00 198 Rome tel ++39 06 4426 7279, fax ++39 06 4426 7401 or 7362.

 

European Commission, DG IB A4, March 1999


 

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