ndustrial cooperation under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership is helping to create an area of shared prosperity between the EU and Mediterranean partner countries.
Mediterranean partners: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, (Syria), Tunisia and Turkey.
Who does what?
EU and Mediterranean industry ministers meet every 2 years to take stock of progress, decide on future priorities and adopt a 2-year work programme.
On 11-12 May 2011, industry ministers met for the 8th time and adopted a work programme for 2011-2012. [232 KB] The meeting took place in Malta.
The European Commission was represented in this very successful meeting by Vice-President Tajani in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship.
The Working party on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation coordinates industrial cooperation and monitors implementation of the work programme.
It is composed of representatives from public authorities and business associations from EU and Mediterranean partner countries, international organisations and certain EU institutions.
Working party meetings
On 10-11 July 2012, the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation reviewed its progress and planned the next steps in implementing the 2011-2012 work programme on Euro-mediterranean Industrial cooperation. It also started to discuss the 2013-2014 work programme
1. Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise
2008 – implementation report – Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise [2 MB] review of progress in the Mediterranean countries.
2009 – national implementation of the charter was discussed at various stakeholder meetings.
2013 - New ongoing evaluation
Documents & resources
- Good practice database
- Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise [35 KB]
- Online tools for implementing the charter [44 KB]
- Education for entrepreneurship [50 KB]
- Access to finance [147 KB]
- 2009-2010 work programme [191 KB]
- 2010-2011 work programme [232 KB]
2. Promoting investment
Through workshops and meetings, the Mediterranean countries are informed about policies and measures designed to increase flows of foreign and local investment. In 2009-12, work concentrated on:
- the regional "Invest in Med" programme
- FEMIP, the EIB's financial facility for the Mediterranean area
- the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).
Entrepreneurs' Success Stories in the Mediterranean [3 MB] – testimonies from European companies that have successfully invested in the region.
3. Trade facilitation for industrial products
Mediterranean countries have continued to adapt their legislation, norms and institutions to the acquit of the European Union in a series of priority industrial sectors, with a view to concluding agreements on conformity assessment and acceptance of industrial products (ACAA).
4. Innovation and technology transfer
Work here involves:
- regional networking and linking the Mediterranean countries to the Enterprise Europe Network
- exchanging good practice on how to promote innovation, as at the Forum on innovation, Cairo, January 2010
5. Future of the textile and clothing sector
Conferences were organised to discuss common solutions to challenges from international competition:
Euro-Mediterranean Workshop on Textile and Clothing – Capacity Building of Social Partners in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
24-25 November 2009, Brussels/Belgium
Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Technical Textiles and Innovation in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
11 March 2010, Brussels/Belgium
Challenges and opportunities for the textiles and clothing sector in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
12-13 March 2012, Milan/Italy
6. Sustainable industrial development and energy efficiency
The 2012 Survey on Sustainable Enterprise Development in nine Mediterranean partner countries [4 MB] (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Tunisia) identifies, describes and analyses, policy measures and good practice in Mediterranean partner countries with respect to sustainable enterprise development. It provides a complete picture of the state of progress in each country and in the region as a whole, in line with the European Union’s Small Business Act for Europe (the SBA), particularly Principle Nine: “enabling SMEs to turn environmental challenges into opportunities.” The main findings are summed up here [864 KB] (study without annexes [2 MB] ).
In November 2009, a seminar was held in Brussels on developing sustainable businesses. Experts from the EU and Mediterranean countries shared information on policies, programmes and good practice. With the European Commission and the OECD, they developed proposals to "green" the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise , bringing it more in line with the European Small Business Act.
Conferences & presentations
- On 4-5 December 2012, was held in Paris a workshop on simplification of administrative procedures for Enterprises.
- In November 28, 2012 took place a workshop devoted to EUROMED application of space technology to agriculture. Here is the agenda [94 KB] , the Flash Report [131 KB] and conclusions [82 KB] .
- On 15 and 16 October 2012 a Euromed workshop on raw materials took place in Brussels.
- On 3-4 October 2012 held a workshop (agenda [42 KB] , list of participants [200 KB] ) which allowed the Enterprise Europe Network partners to share best practices between experienced partners and the latest network partners from Tunisia, Morocco, Albania and Egypt.
- On 26-27 June 2012, experts and policy-makers from eight Mediterranean neighbour countries [129 KB] shared knowledge, experience and tools with their EU counterparts in the fields of education and training for entrepreneurship and improved skills (Dimension 2 and 3 of the European Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise [35 KB] ). This very successful workshop was organised by the European Training Foundation and the European Commission (DG Enterpise and Industry with the participation of DG Education and Culture and the support of TAIEX instrument. The agenda, presentations and further documents are available here.
- On 21 and 22 June 2012, the Tourism Policy Unit of Enterprise and Industry DG of the European Commission organised a seminar on Current Cooperation and Future Perspectives in Sustainable Tourism in Mediterranean countries in Brussels.
- On 16-17 April 2012, Euro-Mediterranean representatives of business associations and public bodies [41 KB] exchanged knowledge and good practice in jointly defining policies for SMEs. The workshop was organised by Enterprise and Industry DG and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise. It was hosted by the Secretariat of the UfM in Barcelona and supported by the TAIEX Instrument. The main conclusions are summed up here [24 KB] .
- The textile and clothing sectors from each side of the Mediterranean had their annual meeting on the future of their industries in Milan – renowned fashion city – in mid March 2012. They discussed "Challenges and opportunities for the textiles and clothing sector in the Euro-Mediterranean Region". The event was organised with the support of the TAIEX instrument.
- On Thursday 8 March 2012, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation at the 10th FEMIP (the EIB's Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership) conference in Tunis. A Memorandum of Understanding [340 KB] was signed in his presence, prompting cooperation between EU and Tunisian cluster-related institutions [18 KB] to share information, tools and experience in cluster management and innovation management. A preparatory workshop (Agenda [38 KB] ) was held on 7 March 2012. Presentations. [26 KB]