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Industrial cooperation under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership is helping to create an area of shared prosperity between the EU and Mediterranean partner countries.

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 19 February 2014, representatives from more than 30 Euro-Med countries and partners came together at the Union for the Mediterranean’s (UfM) ninth ministerial meeting on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation, held in Brussels. They adopted a declaration and a work programme for 2014 and 2015. The EU was represented by Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship who co-chaired the meeting with Jordan's Minister for Industry & Trade, Hatem Hafez Al-Halawani Al-Tamimi.

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Agendapresentations, declaration , 2014-2015 work programme report of the meeting and distributed documents

List of Heads of Delegation, Press releases

Which countries?

Mediterranean partners: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, (Syria), Tunisia and Turkey.

EU countries

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. pdf - 232 KB [232 KB] français (fr) The meeting took place in Malta.

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

2014

On 21-22 January 2014, the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation met in Brussels to prepare the 9th Union for the Mediterranean ministerial meeting on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation (Brussels, 19 February 2014) and to review progress and plan next steps in implementing the 2014-2015 work programme on Euro-mediterranean Industrial cooperation.

 

2013

On 25-26 June 2013, the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation met in Brussels to review progress and plan next steps in implementing the 2013-2014 work programme on Euro-mediterranean Industrial cooperation pdf - 136 KB [136 KB] français (fr) .

 

2012

 

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

 

 

 

2011

2010

2009

Activities

1. Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise

2008 – implementation report – Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr) 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

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:

Documents

Entrepreneurs' Success Stories in the Mediterranean pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] français (fr) – 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

The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the future of textile industry has been conducted successfully with Mediterranean partner countries since 2004. The dialogue provides a platform for an exchange of experiences and information on available instruments and initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the textile and clothing industry across the Euro-Mediterranean Area. The participants represent national administrations, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, enterprises, trade unions, and research and educational centres involved with textile and clothing sector from EU Member States, Mediterranean partner countries and, recently, Western Balkans.

Conferences were organised to discuss common solutions to challenges from international competition:

6. Sustainable industrial development and energy efficiency

The 2012 Survey on Sustainable Enterprise Development in nine Mediterranean partner countries pdf - 4 MB [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 pdf - 864 KB [864 KB] (study without annexes pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr) ).

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

2014

  • The main objective of the EuroMed Innovative Entrepreneurs for change pilot project is to improve innovation support services for local innovative entrepreneurs and to support strengthened cluster cooperation in Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt. European networks of innovation are assisting practitioners and experts in the following fields (3 actions): a) a consortium dealing with Cluster Excellence Management (Euromed Cluster Excellence); b) a consortium on Innovation Management Support Services (Euromed IMP³rove); and c) a consortium giving Support to Cluster Cooperation, Start-ups, Investors and Management of Intellectual Property (Euromed@Change).

2013

  • On 23-24 September 2013, Mediterranean neighbour countries participated in a "Multi-Country Workshop on participation in the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs" (COSME) that was held in Brussels. The list of participants in available here.
  • The National Coordinators of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise met in Barcelona on 13-14 November 2013 to review the progress in the assessment of the Euro-Med Charter/SBA for Europe to discuss an all-encompassing strategy for Euro-Mediterranean enterprise development and to examine financial literacy for SMEs and entrepreneurs and access to finance.
  • On 25 and 26 November 2014, Mediterranean neighbour countries participated in the 2013 SME Assembly that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. More information can be found here.

2012

2011

2010

2009 - 2008

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