On February 19th, in Brussels, the Union for the Mediterranean held its ninth ministerial meeting on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation, with the aim of enhancing support for SMEs and well as further developing its ultimate ambition to create a Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area.
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani represented the EU and co-chaired the meeting with Jordan's Minister for Industry & Trade, Hatem Hafez Al-Halawani Al-Tamimi.
More than 30 Euro-Med countries and partners were represented, most of them at ministerial level. In addition, international and national business associations as well as international organizations contributed to the debate. The findings of an assessment of the business climate in the Mediterranean neighbour countries was presented, a work programme for 2014-2015 was discussed and a declaration to continue to develop EU-Med business was endorsed by the ministers.