Friday, March 2, 2012

EU Focus and the Mediterranean

The March 2012 edition of EU Focus, coincides with the European Union Center's initiative on "Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration," partially funded by the European Commission's Jean Monnet Module grant. Read the message from Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the EU Delegation to the US, and check out this issue of EU Focus.



HEAD OF DELEGATION
European Union Delegation to the United States
The European Union has always placed a high priority on establishing and maintaining a close and special relationship with our neighbors in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. We are joined together through both history and geography; the Mediterranean has always been the cultural, economic, and political crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has often said that the European Union should be judged by our effectiveness in our own neighborhood. If we can support the countries on our borders as they become more sustainable, secure, and democratic, that is to the advantage of us all.
In the current issue of EU Focus, you can learn more about the EU’s involvement in the Mediterranean region, ranging from our support for the Arab Spring countries to our commitment to the Middle East Peace Process.

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