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ENPI e- bulletin 11 Mayl 2009 (5/11/2009 11:28:10 AM)

ENPI news
 
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27 February 2009 

Southern Corridor Summit: EU and partner countries commit to move forward
Eastern Partnership Summit: strengthening EU links with Eastern Europe and South Caucasus
High Representative for the CFSP Javier Solana met President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan
EU-Gulf Cooperation Council: Middle East peace vital to international security
EU concerned at Russia’s border agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Georgia has complied with the Memorandum of Understanding, says EUMM  
EU-Ukraine Visa Facilitation Agreement Works well  

Palestinian national football team made it to Brussels

Major closing conference Euromed Market 

Regional project to support integration of refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine launched

Southern Corridor Summit: EU and partner countries commit to move forward

The European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the EU today hosted a Summit in Prague with partner third countries on the development of the Southern Corridor for energy and transport. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mirek Topolánek met with the leaders of partner countries from Central Asia, Southern Caucasus, Mashreq and Middle East. The Summit participants discussed concrete ways for progressing on the development of the Southern Corridor for energy and transport, in particular the supplies of natural gas to the EU along the Corridor route. The Summit is the first time that potential partners in the Southern Corridor meet at the highest level to discuss their shared interests, and the summit declaration provides the first formal commitments by consumer, producer and transit states on the conditions necessary to make a success of the Corridor. Read more about the Summit by clicking here. For more information on EU’s energy cooperation with Central Asia and Caucasus countries, click here. See also the statement of President Barroso following the summit

 

EU-Gulf Cooperation Council: Middle East peace vital to international security

The EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has discussed a number of regional issues including the situation in the Middle East, terrorism and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction during a joint council meeting in Oman last week. Both sides reaffirmed the shared position that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East is vital to international peace and security, and expressed continued support for the Arab Peace Initiative. Their joint position is that the goal remains the end of the 1967 occupation and the creation of an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours. The meeting also discussed cooperation, trade, Iraq and Iran, dialogue between cultures, climate change and the financial crisis. More information can be found here.
 

Palestinian national football team made it to Brussels

The Palestinian national football team played its first European match on 6 May, in a match that was watched avidly by Palestinians and football fans across the Middle East. The match took place in Brussels and was a friendly against the Belgium Molenbeek team. The match was one of UNRWA’s 60th anniversary events and was organised with the help of the EU as part of the EU-UNRWA Partnership for Peace and Humanity. Assembling the Palestine team in Brussels for the match was in itself a considerable challenge. The Palestinian side had to make do with a squad of 16 rather than the standard 22, due to travel restrictions – and it took seven of the Gaza based squad members three days to get to Belgium. But at least a full team was present and able to play. In 2007 the Palestinians missed the World Cup qualifying game in Singapore due to travel restrictions and were eliminated from the first round. Difficulties in getting the players together have been partially responsible for Palestine’s slip down the FIFA rankings – it achieved its highest ranking in 2006 at 115 but has since gone down to 171. But none of this mattered on Wednesday night as Palestinians gathered to watch the game in their homes and also at screenings organized in refugee camps in the West Bank, Syria and Jordan. In the West Bank the screening was held in the Ibda’a centre in Bethlehem’s Dheishah Camp where young people from the camp gathered to watch the match alongside EU and UN officials. The atmosphere was joyful and noisy, with the match being preceded by Dabke performances and traditional music. Read more about the match by clicking here.

Eastern Partnership Summit: strengthening EU links with Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

The first Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Prague yesterday gathered leaders from the EU Member States, EU institutions and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The ambitious initiative will lead to deepening of political and economic relations, more energy security, and increased mobility and will give an additional boost to pro-democratic and market oriented reforms in partner countries. President José Manuel Barroso represented the European Commission, accompanied by Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner. The Summit was hosted by Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek representing the rotating EU Presidency. According to President Barroso it is 'in the EU’s vital interest to intensify relations with these countries aiming for political association and economic integration in order to promote more stability and security on the EU’s Eastern border'. Continuing: 'Through the Eastern Partnership the EU also shows its solidarity with the partners so deeply affected by the consequences of the current financial and economic crisis”.

Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner said: “This Partnership is built on common interests and shared values. It is a framework for a long-term relationship and engagement by the EU. The Partnership will bring additional support to our eastern partners as they pursue their individual aspirations for closer relations with the EU, and in particular more help in carrying out jointly defined reforms. Our partners' approximation to EU standards in the political, economic and social spheres will bring all of us greater mobility, trade and increased prosperity. Read more…  This joint declaration  was released after the Summit.
 

High Representative for the CFSP Javier Solana met President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan.

At last week's meeting they discussed the latest developments in Azerbaijan, regional issues and

EU-Azerbaijan relations, in particular the Eastern Partnership and Southern Corridor summits. They also discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. Mr Solana strongly supported all the diplomatic efforts led by the 'Minsk Group' for a peaceful resolution of this conflict. Energy was another important issue on the agenda. The EU encourages Azerbaijan to make further progress with political reforms, in particular freedom of the media and human right issues. More info here.
 

EU concerned at Russia’s border agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The EU Presidency is 'deeply concerned' over new agreements on the joint protection of borders that Russia signed with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These new accords are in contradiction with the six point agreement of 12 August last year, says the Presidency. The Presidency reiterated “the EU’s full support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia in its internationally recognized borders“. Security matters, the statement says, should be discussed in relevant international fora such as the Geneva talks, the next session of which will take place on 18-19 May this year. Read more the homepage of the Czech Presidency.
 

Georgia has complied with the Memorandum of Understanding, says EUMM

The European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) has indicated it is “very satisfied' with the compliance by the Georgian authorities with the Memorandum of Understanding” that restricts movements of the Georgian armed forces near the administrative boundaries of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Neither the EUMM nor the Georgian Ministry of Defense, both signatories to the Memorandum, has used its right to terminate the agreement which is thus automatically extended for another three months. EUMM has followed up all allegations of infringements of the Memorandum, but was unable to substantiate any of them. The same goes for allegedmilitary reinforcements on either side of the administrative borders. Nevertheless, the mechanism for incident prevention –decided during the peace Talks in Geneva- is functioning disappointingly. The last meeting with all parties was cancelled because they ('one party') could not agree on a proper location. Read more at the website of the EUMM to Georgia.
 

EU-Ukraine Visa Facilitation Agreement Works Well

The Visa Facilitation Agreement has been in force for almost one year and a half. A first stock-taking clearly shows that it has made travelling to the EU for Ukrainians considerably easier and cheaper. Last year, 1,022 million Schengen visas were issued to Ukrainian citizens which is a 134% increase compared with 2007 (when 435,000 Schengen visas issued). Another considerable improvement for the Ukrainian citizens concerns the long-term multi-entry visas (with validity between one and five years): in 2008, around 6%, or more than 60,000, such visas were issued; in 2007, before the entering into force of the Visa Facilitation Agreement, only an insignificant number of long-term visas were issued. Without the Visa Facilitation Agreement, the fee for Ukrainians would have been 60 euros (like, for example, for Belarus) instead of 35 euros. In addition, around one third of the applicants benefited from visas issued free of charge. This is a considerable number taking into account that almost 50% of the Schengen visas issued were for tourist reasons, a purpose which is not covered by the visa facilitation agreement. More information can be found here.

 

Major closing conference Euromed Market

With a big two days closing conference in Barcelona seven years of cooperation through the Euromed Market programme came to an end on 30 April. Within the frame of the project, stakeholders from both sides of the Mediterranean have been working together towards closer economic cooperation. The EC supported the Euromed Market programme, managed by the European Institute for Public Administration, since May 2002 for a total amount of Eur 9 million. Conference topics included Customs, Competition Rules, Public Procurement, Auditing and Accounting, Intellectual Property Rights and Financial services. The second day of the Conference was dedicated to the presentation of the study entitled 'Towards the Free Trade area', which focuses on institutional development in each Mediterranean Partner; Legislative approximation, norms and procedures, and actions fostering South-South co-operation and identification of best practices in each MP. The participants make a positive evaluation of all the actions carried out under the programme. The programme allowed the participants of the MP to improve their knowledge of the contents and developments of the EU Internal Market, while also envisaging measures which are necessary to approximate legislation and procedures in order to enhance cooperation between the MPs and the EU and its Member States, as well as to deepen South-South cooperation in view of the establishment of a free trade area by 2010.For further information, please consult: www.euromedmarket.org

Regional project to support integration of refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine launched

The regional project aimed at facilitating integration of refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine wass launched in Kiev last week. During the next two years the EU-funded project will be implemented by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in close cooperation with the authorities, civil society as well as refugee communities in the three countries. The event in Kyiv brought together some 30 participants representing all project partners. Belarus and Moldova acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in 2001, followed by Ukraine in 2002. The countries make a lot of efforts to bring the national asylum systems in line with the international and European standards. The refugee legislation and asylum institutions are put in place. During the last decade about 7,000 persons from 42 countries got refugee status in the three countries. Read more on the website of the EC Delegation to Ukraine.

  • 11-12 May, Madrid, Spain: EuroMed Justice II, meeting of Working Group on Criminal Law. This session will be dedicated to Regional cooperation systems concerning criminal matters
  • 26-28 May, Cologne, Germany: Renewable Energy World Europe Conference and Expo
  • 15-16 June, Cologne, Germany: EuroMed Aviation Safety Seminar
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    Calls and funding opportunities

    Detailed information on open tenders in the ENPI partner countries can be found in the  EuropeAid tender database here. Detailed information on procedures is here.

     

    The European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument - ENPI
    The European Union provides financial support to its eastern neighbours and those along the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean through the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument launched in January 2007. This instrument, within the European Neighbourhood Policy, promotes enhanced cooperation and progressive economic integration between the EU and its partner countries and builds on common values. The countries covered by the ENPI are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
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