The EU and its southern Mediterranean neighbours aim to create an area of shared prosperity through industrial cooperation.
As part of the cooperation, the 2018-2020 work programme on Union for the Mediterranean industrial cooperation and SME development was approved on 20 September 2018 by the 'senior official meeting' in Vienna, Austria.
UfM industrial cooperation and SME development work programme 2018-2020 (also available in French)
The UfM experts technical meeting on industrial cooperation coordinates the industrial cooperation and monitors the implementation of the work programme.
It is composed of representatives from the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), public authorities and business associations from EU countries and South Mediterranean neighbour countries, and certain international organisations.
The second UfM expert technical meeting took place in Brussels on 13 March 2018. The main focus was on the latest developments in EU networks and partnerships policies, the social economy, the renewed EU industrial policy and the Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAAs). The following day a specific meeting was organised to further discuss the 2018-2020 draft work programme on industrial cooperation.
The first UfM expert technical meeting (previously called the Working Party on Euro-Mediterranean industrial cooperation) took place in October 2017 Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was organised by the UfM secretariat (UfMS) and the Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and co-chaired by the latter with Jordan. Delegates from the European Commission (this DG and DG European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations), South Mediterranean partner countries, EU countries (France, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal and Malta), Turkey, Montenegro and Albania, the OECD, the European Training Foundation and the UfMS discussed the new structure of cooperation under the UfM umbrella and the 2018-2020 draft work programme on industrial cooperation prepared by this DG.
EU countries (from the Europa website) and our Mediterranean partners: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine* (Syria), Tunisia and Turkey (country information from the European External Action Service website).
*This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of EU Member States on this issue