Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)

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The 2017-2019 mandate of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) started on 26 July 2017, with the election of the new President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Senator of the German-speaking Community of Belgium. President Lambertz, who will act as the co-president of ARLEM representing the EU group, joins the co-president representing the Mediterranean group, Mr Mohammed Boudra, President of the AMPCC, Morocco, who was nominated in February 2017. Mr Lambertz and Mr Boudra will act as co-presidents of ARLEM for the next two and a half years.


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                       Karl-Heinz Lambertz
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Mohammed Boudra

Statement of the new ARLEM co-presidents:

We would like to thank the outgoing co-presidents of ARLEM, Markku Markkula and Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, for their commitment to ARLEM over the past two and a half years. We pledge to continue their efforts, and the efforts of their predecessors, which have turned ARLEM into a well-established assembly, a well-respected forum for political debate and an integral part of the governance structure of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), representing the so-called "territorial dimension" – essentially the interests of local and regional authorities from the three shores of the Mediterranean.

During our mandate, we will focus on supporting the process of decentralisation and on promoting the "territorialisation" of the UfM's policies, programmes and projects, thus ensuring that they take into consideration the particular needs and concerns of local and regional authorities. We will also work to build a stronger partnership at local level between the European Union and its Mediterranean neighbours.

Within the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), our aim is to highlight the role of local and regional authorities as strategic partners for good governance and successful development outcomes. In this context, we also seek the stabilisation of the neighbourhood through good governance, the rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights and democratic freedoms, stressing the need to first tackle the socio-economic root causes of the current security and migration challenges and focus on the issues of job creation and better life conditions.

Karl-Heinz Lambertz

Mohammed Boudra
ARLEM co-presidents


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What is ARLEM? 
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What's new? 

NEW!!  20 February 2018:
24 October 2017 :



09 July 2015 -
Meeting with Libyan mayors

ARLEM Position Paper on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy
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