MedThink 5+5 webinar: Towards a strengthened health cooperation
May 26, 2020
Reflecting on the health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Western Mediterranean, the MedThink 5+5 network has brought together experts from different countries of the 5+5 Dialogue in a webinar entitled “Building Resilience to Health Crisis through Enhanced Cooperation in the Western Mediterranean: the role of the 5+5 Dialogue in a Post COVID-19 Era”.
Organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean on 20 May, this webinar was an opportunity not only to make a balance of the impacts of the health crisis in the Western Mediterranean, but also to highlight the need to strengthen the cooperation in the field of health between the countries of the region.
The benefits of such a cooperation, which was deemed timely to relaunch in the framework of the 5+5 Dialogue, and the priority issues where it could be stepped up were emphasized by the participants.
The webinar will lead to the publication of a report gathering the recommendations that experts put forward during the discussions.
The 5+5 Dialogue serves as a sub-regional forum for the ten Western Mediterranean countries that take part since its creation, five from the north of the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Malta and Portugal) and five from the southern shore (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia). It constituted one of the first prolific initiatives between Mediterranean countries and a prelude of the structures that were built with the Barcelona Process from 1995 onwards.