The Mediterranean Committee Attended the Plenary Session of ARLEM

Mediterranean Committee, represented by its Co-Chair, Mr. Vauzelle, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, took part in the 5th Plenary Session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) on 23rd and 24th February in Tangier (Morocco).

Each of the two ARLEM Commissions presented their reports on a specific topic:

The Commission for Economic, Social and Territorial Affairs (ECOTER): Ms. Ortega i Alemani, Vice President of the Government of Catalonia and President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) Inter-Mediterranean Commission (CIM), presented a report on the "Cohesion Strategy for the Mediterranean". This paper advocates the adoption of a macro-regional approach based on three geographical areas (Adriatic-Ionian, eastern Mediterranean and western Mediterranean).

The Commission for Sustainable Development (SUDEV): The report on "Sustainable Urban Mobility", prepared by Mr. Karim Bennour, President of the People's Assembly of the Wilaya of Algiers, was presented. This is a crucial issue in a region undergoing poorly-controlled urbanization. Transport must be an integral part of city planning policies that are focused on the accessibility of destinations and services, and on the needs of citizens.

These reports were adopted, along with ARLEM's Annual Report on the Territorial Dimension of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

As Co-Chair of the SUDEV Commission, Mr. Vauzelle invited the members of ARLEM to participate in the next meeting in Marseille on 19th September.

ARLEM also choose two topical issues for 2014: migration and waste management. These topics will be the subjects of reports drawn up by António Costa, Mayor of Lisbon, and Mohamed Boudra, President of the Taza-al Hoceima-Taounate region, respectively.

Find out more on the ARLEM website.