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23rd May 2019

EU-four call for focus on Mediterranean

France, Italy, Portugal and Spain have put forward proposals to strengthen the EU’s partnership with Mediterranean countries.

Meeting in Rome, the four countries called for fresh impetus to be added to the EU’s relations with North Africa and the Mediterranean.

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The four hoped that the meeting would revitalise the EU’s Barcelona Process that has governed the Union’s stop-start relations with the countries of the Mediterranean for the last 10 years.

The Rome four called for the policy to be backed by "adequate financial resources", reports El Mundo.

"The Mediterranean should not be a forgotten sea", said Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos.

Among the proposals mooted were plans to promote regional cohesion by funding poorer regions of North Africa, in the same way the EU uses its own regional funds.

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