Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood - A new Agenda for the Mediterranean

12-02-2021
Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood - A new Agenda for the Mediterranean
Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood - A new Agenda for the…

Twenty-five years ago the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean partners committed to turning the Mediterranean basin into an area of dialogue, exchange and cooperation, guaranteeing peace, stability and prosperity.

The 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration reminds us that a strengthened Mediterranean partnership remains a strategic imperative for the European Union, as the challenges the region continues to face require a common response, especially ten years after the Arab Spring.

To this end and within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy this Joint Communication proposes a new, ambitious and innovative Agenda for the Mediterranean, drawing for the first time on the full EU toolbox and the ground-breaking opportunities of the twin green and digital transitions, in order to relaunch our cooperation and realise the untapped potential of our shared region. The perspective of the postCOVID-19 recovery offers a rare opportunity for Europe and the Mediterranean region to commit to a common and people-centred agenda and the actions necessary for its implementation.