The Union for the Mediterranean must be a union of peoples, emphasizes Hannes Swoboda

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 00:00

Meeting for the first time on 11 April 2013 in Algiers at a conference of the Global Progressive Forum in partnership with the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), S&D Group leader Hannes Swoboda, MEPs Véronique De Keyser, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Gilles Pargneaux and socialist delegates from the Maghreb called for the launch of a progressive agenda for both shores of the Mediterranean.


“A new institutional framework is necessary to advance the values of social justice and human dignity that are demanded by the people.


“The Union for the Mediterranean must first be a union of peoples”, argued Hannes Swoboda at a time when the process of transition to democracy is developing with varying levels of success in the region, following the Arab Spring.


The First Secretary of the FFS Ali Laskri and Hannes Swoboda called for a Euro-Maghreb initiative to establish an equal partnership between the EU and the Maghreb, founded on the principles of fair trade, human rights and democracy.


“It is a vital challenge for Algeria to return to the community of nations,” stressed Ali Laskri.


We will continue to support our sister parties in the region and in Algeria, in particular during electoral processes, because transparent and fair elections are the foundation of democracy,” declared Véronique de Keyser, S&D Group vice-president.


“The question of the visa system and mobility, of immigration and integration as well as community relations is essential between Algeria and the EU,” added Hannes Swoboda. The president of the S&D Group in the European Parliament made an appeal to relaunch a “Europe of better community relations” during a civic meeting this evening in Lyon, France.
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