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    E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran held meeting in Montreux E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran held meeting in Montreux <p>The E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran met on 5 March in Montreux for a one-day meeting in continuation of their ongoing diplomatic efforts to find a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.</p> 03/05/2015 22:36:07 03/05/2015 22:36:07 03/05/2015 22:36:07 03/05/2015 22:36:07 2015030522 090126248ea0e78c N 090126248ea0e78c /statements-eeas/2015/150305_01_en.htm 3633 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150305_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150305_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150305_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    E3/EU+3 Political Directors and Iran held meeting in Montreux
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    HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke on the phone today  in Geneva with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.</p> 03/03/2015 23:12:05 03/03/2015 23:12:05 03/03/2015 23:12:05 03/03/2015 23:12:05 2015030323 090126248e9afad0 N 090126248e9afad0 /statements-eeas/2015/150303_08_en.htm 4429 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150303_08_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150303_08_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150303_08_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks
  • 03/03/2015
    HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke on the phone today  in Geneva with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.</p> 03/03/2015 22:41:45 03/03/2015 22:41:45 03/03/2015 22:41:45 03/03/2015 22:41:45 2015030322 090126248e9afac2 N 090126248e9afacb /statements-eeas/2015/150303_07_en.htm 4336 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150303_07_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150303_07_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150303_07_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s calls with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks

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The Union for the Mediterranean promotes economic integration and democratic reform across 16 neighbours to the EU’s south in North Africa and the Middle East.

Formerly known as the Barcelona Process, cooperation agreements were re-launched in 2008 as the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Déclaration commune du sommet de Paris pour la Méditerranée - Paris, 13 juillet 2008Arabic.

The re-launch was an opportunity to render relations both more concrete and more visible with the initiation of new regional and sub-regional projects with real relevance for those living in the region. Projects address areas such as economy, environment, energy, health, migration and culture.

Along with the 28 EU member states, 15 Southern Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern countries are members of the UfM: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria (suspended), Tunisia and Turkey.

Currently meetings are co-presided over by one Mediterranean and one EU country. As of September 2010, the UfM also has a functional secretariat, based in Barcelona, a Secretary General and six deputy secretary generals.

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, governance from the EU side will be rearranged once the EEAS has been established.

The UfM has a number of key initiatives on its agenda:

  • the de-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, including coastal and protected marine areas;
  • the establishment of maritime and land highways that connect ports and improve rail connections so as to facilitate movement of people and goods;
  • a joint civil protection programme on prevention, preparation and response to natural and man-made disasters;
  • a Mediterranean solar energy plan that explores opportunities for developing alternative energy sources in the region;
  • a Euro-Mediterranean University, inaugurated in Slovenia in June 2008;
  • the Mediterranean Business Development Initiative, which supports small businesses operating in the region by first assessing their needs and then providing technical assistance and access to finance.