co-operation is an innovative approach of the Barcelona Process which itself is
essentially a regional response to the opportunities and challenges resulting
from the proximity of the Mediterranean area to Europe. Regional co-operation
has a considerable strategic impact as it deals with problems that are common
to many Mediterranean Partners while it emphasises national complementarities.
general aim of this form of co-operation is to promote closer integration between
the 27 partners (15 EU Member States and the 12 Mediterranean Partners). More
specifically, regional co-operation is intended:
- to be a catalyst
to reinforce the effects of bilateral co-operation;
- to intensify
"South-South" co-operation (i.e. co-operation among the Mediterranean
Partners themselves starting, where appropriate, on a sub-regional basis);
to tackle issues that have a trans-national dimension (e.g. infrastructure interconnection
or harmonisation of standards).
Therefore, regional MEDA programmes
complement and reinforce bilateral programmes. They cover a wide range of issues
relating to all three chapters of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership:
Political and Security Partnership
- Economic and Financial Partnership
- Social, Cultural and Human Partnership
the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership can only be successfully implemented and have
their full impact if backed by accurate information, and effective communication.
Raw data are needed to bring Euro-Mediterranean realities into focus, and that
is the role of statistics. In addition, awareness of the Partnership's progress
and achievements comes through personal contacts and continuing access to information.
Three types of activities have so far been carried out to contribute to those
objectives. They are the MEDSTAT Regional Programme of Statistical Co-operation,
the Euromed Visitors Programme for Media and NGO Representatives and the Euromed
information and dissemination activities.