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APRE Activities


Mediterranean Area

Following the European Council in Lisbon (June 1992), the European Union established a new framework for its relations with the Mediterranean countries with a view to forming a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. This Partnership became a reality at the Barcelona Conference of November 1995, which brought together Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States and the Mediterranean non-member countries. The Partnership is based on political, security, economic, financial, cultural, social and human affairs.
The policy of the European Union towards the North African and Middle Eastern countries has two main objectives:
• Encourage political and economic reform in each individual country in due respect for its specificities (European Neighbourhood Policy)
• Encourage regional cooperation among the countries of the region themselves and with the European Union (Union for the Mediterranean)


More bilateral agreements between the European Union and the countries Mediterranean have been signed since 2005, with the aim of promoting bilateral cooperation in scientific research and technological development. Specific bilateral agreements signed with the EU are involving the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

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ClusMED will contribute to strategic cooperation and to the setting up of a permanent dialogue between European and Mediterranean countries on regulatory issues in the ICT sector as one of the key drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth.
ClusMED will focus on the role of Regulations as enablers of ICT development through the assessment and benchmarking of the Regulatory framework of MED countries with the aim of identifying and sharing best practices.


In particular, ClusMED intends to:
• Raise awareness on the relevance of regulations as enablers of ICT development
• Creation and reinforcement of strategic partnerships on regulatory issues
• Identification and sharing best practices on ICT Regulations in support of Societal Challenges.


Policy Makers, ICT regulation experts, Research Organizations, IT companies and Associations and Civil Society would benefit from ClusMED  following results:
• ICT legal and regulatory documents and key findings in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia.
• Best practices identified in the Mediterranean region and in European Union
• Key stakeholders in 5 MED Countries who are involved in ICT regulations regarding Societal Challenges.
• Publication of the results concerning ICT regulatory framework in each country involved in the project.

For more information on ClusMED