The bloodshed in Morocco’s April terror attacks proves again the need for a fresh Euro-Mediterranean impulse to cooperate on a code of common conduct to foster security.
On Monday, representatives of the EU and ten regional partners will meet in Lisbon to start new talks. They concluded their ten-year anniversary Euro-Med summit in 2005 approving a two-page anti-terrorism tract. That hard-won text stressed the importance of legality and fundamental human rights.
For 2008, the European Commission intends to bolster maritime measures, with due attention given to cargo conduits such as the Suez Canal.
EuroMed requires a high degree of EU diplomacy, given the countries it involves… Observers note the challenges facing secular governments of varying authoritarian degrees.
France, under a new rightwing president, is expected to broach southward-looking ideas for reinforced economic, political and cultural union on Monday.
As one of the few forums with Israelis and Palestinians gathering under the same roof, Middle East peace is on a parallel agenda in Lisbon.
Washington has proposed another such international summit for this autumn but no date has been set.