Last night in Cairo, the Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, met with the leaders of the MedAlliance: Ahmed El Wakil, President of ASCAME, Tarek Tawfik, Vice President of BusinessMed, and Alaa Ezz, Secretary General of CEEBA and President of EBSOMED. During the meeting, the role of the MedAlliance in bringing the Mediterranean closer together and its recovery plan were presented, as well as its European project EBSOMED and the 16 important ENI CBC MED projects aiming at bringing the Mediterranean closer together, creating jobs, transferring technologies and new management practices, and supporting SMEs, start-ups and innovations.
The importance of expanding the ENI CBC Med program and supporting trilateral cooperation between European and Mediterranean companies was emphasized.
Commissioner Várhelyi stressed that the European Union will work with the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to support efforts in the Mediterranean to combat climate change, protect the environment, ensure sustainable food systems and support small and medium-sized enterprises, all priorities for ASCAME. Commissioner Várhelyi added that the EU has allocated 7 billion euros to the southern neighborhood for the next six years.
The meeting was attended by EU Ambassador to Egypt Christian Berger, Head of Unit for North Africa Philip Mikos, Head of Cabinet László Kristóffy and Head of Cooperation Ibrahim Lafia.
After the meeting, Commissioner Várhelyi tweeted, “Interesting discussion tonight with representatives of the business community in Egypt on the potential of a renewed partnership and the new Mediterranean Agenda and its economic and investment plan.”
ASCAME welcomes this fruitful meeting for the future of the Mediterranean.