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The Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) / The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA)

The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) was established in Naples on 3 December 2003 by decision of the Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Conference. It started operating in March 2004. On the plenary session of 12-14 March 2010 r. the decision was adopted to change the name of the EMPA at Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM). The Assembly is the Barcelona Process institution that plays a consultative role. It consists of parliamentarians from the EU member states and the ten Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey), Members of the European Parliament, as well as members from the parliaments of the European Mediterranean partner countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Monaco and Montenegro) and from the Mauritanian parliament. The EMPA first plenary session was held in Athens on 22nd and 23th March 2004. The working languages are English, French and Arabic. Apart from the plenary sessions, which are held at least once a year, parliamentarians work in five permanent committees and working groups.

PA-UfM Presidency lasts one year and was held by the following parliaments: European Parliament (2008-2009), Jordan (2009-2010), Italy (2010-2011), Maroko (2011-2012), European Parliament (2012-2013), Jordan (2013-2014), Portugal (2014-2015), Maroko (2015-2016), Italy (2016-2017), Egypt (2017-2018), European Parliament (2018-2019). Currently the Presidency is held by Turkey (2019-2020).

     

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