Regional Integration in the Union for the Mediterranean

Progress Report

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Regional Integration in the Union for the Mediterranean: Progress Report monitors major trends and evolutions of integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Report examines five domains of regional integration, namely trade integration, financial integration, infrastructure integration, movement of people, as well as research and higher education. It presents an original analysis of the patterns and challenges of integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region, which highlights the interdependence of the areas examined – e.g. how to increase regional trade without affordable transport connectivity? The Report offers new insights, based on specific quantitative and qualitative performance indicators that are monitored over time. Almost 100 graphs and tables in the report cover data for the 42 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and, when relevant, for partners of the region. The Report includes key takeaways and policy recommendations on how to foster regional integration in each of the five domains.

English Also available in: Arabic, French

Executive summary

In 1995, countries from the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean decided to reinforce links that had existed between them for centuries – to build a future of peace, stability and prosperity for the region. This was the beginning of the Barcelona Process, a Euro-Mediterranean partnership that in 2020 celebrated its 25th anniversary. A key milestone was the creation, in 2008, of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), with the mission of supporting regional integration and cohesion. Since then, the UfM has worked to promote regional cooperation, building on dialogue and the implementation of projects and initiatives with tangible impact on the region’s citizens.

English Also available in: French

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