After partnerships, neighbourhoods and advanced status… Who fears the Union for the Mediterranean?

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The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the current framework for political, economic and cultural relations between the EU and the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs). This article analyses its evolution study, from its inception to its finals design, approved in Marseille in 2008. It also addresses the UfM’s eventual results, concluding that it is necessary to make a substantial progress in the EuroMediterranean relations by adding new relevant incentives to MPC’s, while maintaining the spirit of the Barcelona Process.
La Unión por el Mediterráneo (UpM) es el marco actual para las relaciones políticas, económicas y culturales entre la UE y los Países Socios Mediterráneos (PSM). Este artículo analiza su evolución, desde la propuesta inicial hasta su diseño final, aprobado en Marsella en 2008. También analiza los posibles resultados de la UpM, concluyendo que es necesario hacer un progreso sustancial en las relaciones EuroMediterráneas, añadiendo nuevos incentivos relevantes para los PSM, preservando el espíritu original del Proceso de Barcelona.
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