13 January 2015
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work closer on areas of common concern, including job creation, women’s socio-economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, social economy, food security and climate change.
UfM Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi pledged closer cooperation aimed at promoting regional integration, sustainable development, dialogue and stronger ties across the Mediterranean. EESC President Henri Malosse said now was the time for action: "the Mediterranean region has been neglected by the EU this whole past decade."
Under the agreement, both parties agree to work more closely together, facilitating the involvement of non-governmental stakeholders - trade unions, professional federations, private sector and civil society organisations - in addressing regional challenges. (EU Neighbourhood Info)