Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process: EU-funded ENI CBC Med Programme recognized as key initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
November 23, 2020
The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of theBarcelona Process, launched in 1995 with the aim of strengthening relations between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean countries. On this occasion, the ENI CBC Med Programme has been selected by the Union for the Mediterranean as one of the successful initiatives to be showcased. It has been chosen by the Co-Presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean – Jordan and the European External Action Service – along with 10 of its projects as a key partner of the Civil Society Forum.
10 of the successful initiatives of the programme promoted by civil society actors were selected to showcase the achievements of people-to-people cooperation during a virtual exhibition on topics such as climate action, environment, and water to local development, social inclusion, job creation, and women and youth empowerment.
On 24 November, three working sessions will be organised to explore the role of civil society actors in addressing major challenges faced by the region, namely environment and climate change, gender equality and social inclusion. The sessions, co-organised by UfM partners, will give an additional space to the 25 selected projects to discuss action on the ground, and draw operational conclusions and recommendations to be shared during the forum “The future of Euromed civil society +25 – Future perspectives for civil society cooperation in the Mediterranean”.
The Civil Society Forum will be followed by the 5th UfM Regional Forum on 27 November 2020. The meeting will bring together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the UfM Member States to reaffirm their commitment to the principles of the Barcelona Process and reiterate their engagement in Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and cooperation through the Union for the Mediterranean.