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Cyprus to host 4th EuroMed Energy Ministerial Meeting
2007-11-08 07:29:36

Nicosia, Nov 6 – Nicosia will be hosting the 4th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Meeting on December 17. Ministers from 37 Euro-Mediterranean Partnership states will take part and will adopt the ''Priority Action Program for Euro-Mediterranean Energy Cooperation'' for the forthcoming period, including the operational take off of the Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform (REMEP).

Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis represented Cyprus at the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Affairs held in Lisbon from 5-6 November, where ministers reaffirmed their commitment to pursue their efforts to achieve the Barcelona Declaration objectives, which include the establishment of a common area of peace and stability, the creation of an area of shared prosperity and the development of a partnership in social, cultural and human affairs.

In her intervention before the meeting, Ms. Marcoullis stressed the challenges faced by countries of the Barcelona process and the Mediterranean’s obligation to become a center for peace and cooperation.

Within this framework, Foreign Minister Marcoullis expressed Cyprus’ readiness to become more actively and constructively involved in the discussion to form a Euro-Mediterranean Union proposed by French President Nikola Sarkozy and was presented during the two-day meeting.

Ms. Marcoullis outlined the priorities of Cyprus within the framework of the Barcelona process, which include the fight against terrorism through security in the field of sea transport, optimizing the social and economic benefits of immigration and cooperating to fight illegal immigration, as well as strengthening the role of women in the economic, social and political scene of their countries.

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