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Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro-Mediterranean Relations :  Euro-Mediterranean Research, Dialogue, Advocacy

Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro-Mediterranean Relations :  Euro-Mediterranean Research, Dialogue, Advocacy | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

There are countless articles these days on how the Covid-19 crisis is stress-testing the mechanisms and very foundations of European solidarity. Some observers, driven by different agendas, go even further and claim that it is the very existence of the European Union (EU), already weakened by the high-speed succession of crises over the last decade, which is at stake. While the EU domestic dimension of the crisis is in the spotlight, less ink has been spilled over the impact of such a crisis for its external relations, including those with its Southern Neighbourhood.

Yet, there is little doubt that the coronavirus will be another litmus test for Euro-Mediterranean relations, which were already strained or at best on hold for a number of reasons, even before the crisis.

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New impetus to regional cooperation in research and innovation in the Mediterranean - EU Neighbours

New impetus to regional cooperation in research and innovation in the Mediterranean - EU Neighbours | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Ministers from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have stressed the need to step up cooperation on research and innovation. Meeeting in Malta on 4 May, Research Ministers highlighted the importance of research and innovation in addressing the root causes of migration and promoting jobs and growth in the Mediterranean. The Ministerial Conference on “Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation” was held in Valetta under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union. Ministers emphasised the key role that research and innovation play in developing and understanding the root causes of migration. They encouraged a region-wide coordinated approach to increase researchers’ and students’ mobility and establish common platforms for data collection and analysis, while making the best possible use of existing tools.

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