, President of the European Committee of the Regions and ARLEM
Co-chair, declared: "
The European Union has reaffirmed its climate leadership by
as a path towards climate neutrality. Climate change knows no
borders, which is why we must also work closely with our
neighbouring partners so we all accelerate our efforts to adapt and
build resilience. We must expand this sustainable growth model and
establish a Green Deal specific for the Mediterranean, offering a
climate pact that strengthens cooperation and which offers new
financial tools to deliver climate action across the region. As
ARLEM celebrates its 10th anniversary, sustainable
development must become the driver for our Assembly to deepen
cooperation for decades to come."
, Mayor of Al Hoceima (Morocco) and ARLEM Co-chair, said: "
In ten years, ARLEM has demonstrated tangible benefits that go
beyond reinforcing political dialogue between our cities and
regions. The Nicosia initiative, through which we exchange skills
and expertise on key areas such as water management, fisheries or
public health, are a perfect example of it. As global warming hits
our territories and the rise of sea levels threatens our
agriculture, we have a shared responsibility to work together to
tackle climate change as much as we have the duty to deploy a
growth model that provides our youth with new jobs and economic
, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), said:
“We are facing a climate emergency across the Mediterranean today.
And it is easy to understand that local and regional authorities
are at the forefront when addressing the effects of climate
change. Cities and regions are the first line of defence. The
success of effective measures to mitigate and adapt to the
negative effects of climate change depends, to a great extent, on
the regulatory measures that they enforce, on the policies that
they adopt and the projects that they implement. The UfM stands
ready to support, hand in hand with ARLEM, those efforts to help
local and regional authorities face this common challenge."
"The sea is a living witness of the deprived status of our
environment. As many as
30,000 bottles end up in the Mediterranean every minute.
A sustainable transition is urgent and much needed and the blue
economy is an opportunity to achieve it."
That was the key message of Vincenzo Bianco, member of
the Catania City Council and President of the National Association of
Italian Municipalities in the context of the adoption of his
report on the Blue economy
The Assembly also adopted a report on
'Euro-Mediterranean integration: The role of regional and local
, Mayor of Beit Sahour, Palestine, who declared: "Local and regional
authorities have demonstrated to be pivotal in boosting regional
integration in the Mediterranean and we must continue our efforts in
the same direction. Our common framework for action is the United
Nations' 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. They can
only be reached with the active involvement of local and regional
authorities. Two priority areas must drive our cooperation: migration
and climate change. Together, we can move ahead in a much better way."
The 11th ARLEM plenary session was opened byAda Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, and CoR Member Alfred Bosch, Regional Minister for External Action,
Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Government of
The meeting saw the appointment of Musa Hadid, Mayor
of Ramallah and Chair of the Association of Palestinian Local
Authorities (APLA), as co-chairman of ARLEM representing non-EU
"I would like to thank my colleagues for the opportunity of
co-chairing the ARLEM network. We must keep strengthening our
cooperation as to overcome the many challenges we are facing."
Members appointed Lizzy Delaricha, Mayor of Ganei
Tikval (Israel), as rapporteur of an upcoming report on the
digitalisation of small businesses.
, a Member of the City Council of Nice (France) and President of the
Euro Mediterranean Commission of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, was
appointed rapporteur of a report entitled 'The role of agriculture in
sensitive climate areas', which she sees as a key contribution to a
Green Deal for the Mediterranean.
The 2nd edition of the
for young local entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean went to
, an Algerian company that produces dates-based products such as syrup,
dates vinegar and stuffed dates with nuts and chocolate. Co-founder Hammou Boussada said: "
We started with the objective of reworking traditional oasis dates
to introduce new market products in a modern way. We are now proud
of the positive impact that our enterprise has had in the local
community. The ARLEM Award gives us new motivation to continue our
expansion with the same spirit of sustainability and positive
Four other businesses were shortlisted: a
from Lebanon and three from Israel – a
, a non-profit
, and a non-profit
. The ARLEM Award selection criteria include the impact on job
creation, impact on community, innovative value, respect for workers'
social rights and support or facilitation from local or regional
authorities. Forty projects from ten different countries applied for
the 2020 ARLEM Award.
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