In August 2012 we had the honour to take over the co-presidency of the Assembly. It is a great joy and opportunity. We will continue the efforts of our predecessors, Mercedes Bresso and Mohamed Boudra, whom we would like to thank for their commitment. We intend to carry on this work aimed at promoting territorial dynamics in the European Neighbourhood Policy and EUROMED cooperation.
This new mandate coincides with a need to mobilise all stakeholders to support the process of transition and decentralisation taking place particularly in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean in order to raise the effectiveness of public action and increase citizens' ownership of policies, programs and projects.
We wish to make this political assembly, composed of representatives of local and regional entities of the three shores, a lever for cooperation, thus providing a practical adaptation of the multi-level approach to the European Neighbourhood Policy and to the territorialisation of sector-based priorities of the Union for the Mediterranean. The challenges we have set for the new term of office address concerns that we encounterdaily in our respective positions with regard to equitable economic and social development of our territories. Cooperation between European and Mediterraneanpartners can help to tackle them.
This is why, dear members, partners and supporters, we look forward to your active participation in the work of ARLEM which constitutes a unique political forum in a decisive period for Euro-Mediterranean relations.Ramon Luis Valcárcel Siso and
Youssef Ali Abd El-Rahman,