Schulz convenes the first summit of the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean

Press Release
Brussels -
27-03-2013
Internal Policies and EU Institutions

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and President-in-Office of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, will welcome Speakers of the Parliaments of the member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean in Marseille on 6 and 7 April.

The summit, convened at the initiative of President Schulz, will be the first high-level meeting since the summit of the Heads of State and government of the UfM held in Paris in 2008 and the first regional meeting since the Arab Spring.

Announcing the event, President Schulz said:

"This summit will be an opportunity to show that Parliaments are ready to fill the political leadership gap from which the UfM has suffered from in recent years.

We, the Speakers/Presidents of the Parliaments, would like to underline the importance of giving an impetus to the implementation of UfM projects at a time of major regional political and economic upheaval.

We also need to re-forge the link between people on both sides of the Mediterranean and respond to their common expectations.

If the challenge of democratic transition which is under way in some Mediterranean countries is successfully to be met, we will need strong and effective parliaments which listen to their citizens."

The summit will continue the work of the civil forum organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation at the Pharo’s Palace in Marseille from 4 to 7 April. The forum will bring together around a thousand representatives of civil society, young people, artists, locally-elected officials and economic players from both shores of the Mediterranean.

The Speakers of the Parliaments will receive proposals from the Anna Lindh Foundation forum and will draw up their own recommendations to be put to the governing bodies of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Programme of the Marseille summit: Sunday, 7 April 2013, Villa Méditerranée

  • 09.00 Opening speech - Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and President-in-Office of the Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM
  • 09.10 Presentation of the conclusions of the Forum of local and regional authorities of the Mediterranean - Michel Vauzelle, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Special Envoy for the Mediterranean of the President of the French Republic
  • 09.20 Presentation of the conclusions of the Mediterranean Civil Forum - André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation
  • 09.30 Exchange of views by the Speakers of the Parliaments of the UfM
  • 11.30 Family photo
  • 11.45 Debate and adoption of Summit declaration
  • 12.00 Press Conference
  • 12.30 Inauguration of the Villa Méditerranée

    List of participating Speakers/Deputy Speakers/Deputies:

    Non-EU PARTNER COUNTRIES:

    ALBANIA Jozefina TOPALLI, Speaker of the Parliament

    ALGERIA Mohamed LARBI OULD KHÉLIFA, President of the People's National Assembly

    BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Denis BEĆIROVIĆ, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
    Ognjen TADIĆ, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Peoples

    CROATIA Josip LEKO, Speaker of the Parliament of Croatia (Sabor)

    EGYPT Ahmed FAHMY, Speaker of the Shoura Council

    JORDAN Tarek KHOURY, Vice President of the House of Representatives

    MONACO Laurent NOUVION, President of the National Council

    MONTENEGRO Ranko KRIVOKAPIĆ, Speaker of the Parliament

    MOROCCO Karim GHELLAB, President of the House of Representatives
    Mohamed Cheikh BIADILLAH, President of the House of Councillors

    MAURITANIA Mohamed EL HADJ, President of the Senate
    Arbi  Ould SIDI ALI OULD JEDDINE, Vice-President of the National Assembly

    PALESTINE Abdullah ABDULLAH, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council

    TUNISIA Mustapha BEN JAAFAR, President of the National Constituent Assembly

    TURKEY Sadık YAKUT, Vice President of the Grand National Assembly

    ARAB PARLIAMENT President Ahmed ALJARWAN

    EU representatives:

    AUSTRIA Barbara PRAMMER, President of the National Council

    BELGIUM André FLAHAUT, President of the House of Representatives

    CYPRUS Fittis SOPHOCLIS, Vice-President of the House of Representatives

    DENMARK Bertel HAARDER, Vice-President of the Parliament (Folketinget)

    ESTONIA Ene ERGMA, President of the Parliament (Riigikogu)

    FRANCE Claude BARTOLONE, President of the National Assembly

    GERMANY Norbert LAMMERT, President of the Bundestag

    GREECE Ioannis TRAGAKIS, Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament

    HUNGARY István JAKAB, Vice-President of the National Assembly (Országgyűlés)

    IRELAND Seán BARRETT, Speaker of the House of Representatives (Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil Éireann)
    Denis O'DONOVAN, Deputy Speaker of the Senate (Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad Éireann)

    ITALY Laura BOLDRINI, President of the Chamber of Deputies

    LATVIA Solvita ĀBOLTIŅA, Speaker of the Parliament (Saeima)

    LITHUANIA Vydas GEDVILAS, Speaker of the Parliament (Seimas)

    LUXEMBOURG Lydie POLFER, Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies

    POLAND Bogdan BORUSEWICZ, Marshal of the Senate; Jerzy WENDERLICH, Vice-President of the Sejm

    PORTUGAL António FILIPE, Vice-President of the Assembly of the Republic

    ROMANIA Veleriu ZGONEA, President of the Chamber of Deputies; Cristian DUMITRESCU, Vice-President of the Senate

    SLOVENIA Romana TOMC, Vice President of the National Assembly

    SPAIN Jesús Posada, President of the Congress of Deputies; Juan José LUCAS, Vice-President of the Senate

    SWEDEN Per WESTERBERG, President of the Parliament (Riksdag)

Background

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean is the parliamentary institution of the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean’. It was formed in Naples on 3 December 2003 and has the following remit:

  • to boost the development of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership;
  • to monitor the actions and projects of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership;
  • to adopt resolutions and recommendations for the Union for the Mediterranean’s ministerial conferences.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM is made up of MPs/MEPs appointed by the national parliaments of the Member States of the European Union, the national parliaments of the Mediterranean partners and the European Parliament.

The next plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean will be held in Brussels on 11 and 12 April 2013.

The main objectives of the Union for the Mediterranean concern energy and the environment: water (for example the Gaza desalination plant), solar energy, the environment (cleaning up the Mediterranean) and the Mediterranean Maritime Highway for the cooperation between the member countries of the UfM.

Note to editors:

Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation:
http://www.annalindhforum.org/fr

Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/paufm/default.htm

Marseilles, European Capital of Culture 2013:
http://www.mp2013.fr/#

Press contact for information:
François Arnaud: francois.arnaud@ep.europa.eu
Giacomo Fassina: giacomo.fassina@ep.europa.eu

Press contact for accreditation to the Summit on 7 April:
Press service of the regional Council PACA: servicedepresse@regionpaca.fr / Fax : +33 (0)4 91 57 51 53.

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