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Euromediterranean parliament gets the go ahead

Delegates from national parliaments in the EU and Mediterranean countries agreed yesterday (2 December) that a Euromediterranean Parliament should be set up.

The new body will have 240 members - 120 from national parliaments on the southern rim and 120 from the EU - and will meet at least once a year.

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The decision to go ahead was taken during a meeting that kicked off a two-day Euro-Mediterranean summit in Naples, and is expected to by ratified by euromed foreign ministers today, reports Ansa.

As well as EU countries, the summit is being attended by Israel, the Palestine National Authority, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

The euromed summit will concentrate on the strengthening of economic and financial links between the two sides as well as the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration.

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