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EUROMED : Debates on immigration, training, employment, education

The committee on foreign affairs of the European Parliament held a hearing in Brussels on 13 July, which was centred around the euro-Mediterranean prospects in the lead-up to the 10th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, this November. An own-initiative report is being drawn up. Anneli Jtteenmki (ALDE, Finland), rapporteur, said during this hearing that the internal debates, within the Parliamentary committee, are likely to be concluded by the autumn.

At the hearing, which was chaired by Elmar Brok, the president of the Parliamentary committee, debates were in initially centred on the fields of training, employment and education, with interventions from an official from the euro-Mediterranean training Centre, Berhane Chakroun, and Catherine de Wenden, a university academic (from CERI, the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales).

On the issue of the management of my great reflows, the debate revealed the existence of strong reservations against the idea of setting up centres in the countries on the southern side of the Mediterranean, a practice which was felt to be contrary to human rights. Hlne Flautre (Greens, France), the president of the sub-committee on human rights, criticised this aspect and Pasqualina Napoletano (PES, Italy) stressed the need for the issue of immigration to be tackled within the partnership, at rather than dealt with as a side issue.

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