Economic and Financial Forum for gradual Euro-Mediterranean integration (Milan 20-21 July)
The Economic and Financial Forum for the Mediterranean will take place in Milan on 20 and 21 July. Jointly sponsored and organised by the Milan Chamber of Commerce, the Lombardy region and the foreign ministry, the forum’s main goal is the gradual integration of the Euro-Mediterranean area. As a result of its informal nature and the ample attendance of representatives from economic spheres, the Forum is meant to become a significant annual event within the institutional and political context of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Over the past 12 months, as foreign trade has otherwise waned, commerce instead has flourished between Italy and the countries of the Mediterranean, surpassing overall figures for 2008 by over 62 billion euro, confirming Italy as a leading EU trade partner. The Forum’s opening session on 20 July will be devoted entirely to the its institutional aspect, with speeches by the Prime Minister and heads of state and government of UfM country members, as well as by European Commission and international financial organisation representatives.
Discussion panels have been arranged for the afternoon of 20 July and the 21 July sessions, with the participation of Minister for Economic Development Claudio Scajola, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Altero Matteoli, Deputy Minister for Economic Development Adolfo Urso and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Stefania Craxi.
An Energy Panel will concentrate on the links between energy markets and renewable energies; a Support for SMEs Panel will focus on instruments for that achieving purpose; and an Infrastructure Panel will deal with large-scale infrastructure projects and the role of the financial system and businesses. The concluding session is entitled “The Mediterranean: the Wisdom to Share Development”, and will feature speeches by Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs Giulio Tremonti and Minister for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini.
The EuroMediterranean Laboratory: http://www.milanomediterraneo.org/