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Unionens för Medelhavsområdet rådsförsamlingsmöte i Rabat

Av Ulrik Nilsson - 29 mars 2012 08:47

I söndags (den 25 mars) höll Unionen för Medelhavsområdet sin årliga rådsförsamling i Marockos huvudstad Rabat. Jag höll ett kort inlägg om behovet att komma till praktisk aktivitet. Inlägget bifogas nedan.

Mr Chairman,

There is a
saying that you should “talk the talk and walk the walk”, and this saying is,
in my opinion, relevant to the present situation in the Union for the Mediterranean. After the uprisings in parts of northern Africa we certainly had reason to discuss and to analyse
what had happened, and – in the case of some stakeholders – we also had to try
to explain our own activities. Unfortunately a lot of effort was put into what
we can call “blame -voiding”. Nevertheless, I believe it was important to have
these discussions and to let the reality of the situation “sink in”.

However, for
some countries we have now reached the point were we have to leave the talk behind us and continue the walk instead. Those who were first in
the process have today taken some steps forward toward a new situation, and for
them verbal declarations are just not enough, even if they are meant to provide
courage for the future. There is a risk that we politicians think that our talk
can change things and that we therefore miss the opportunity of doing things
that really matter.

Mr Chairman,

In PA-UfM we
have a number of committees ranging from political matters and the economy to
culture and women’s rights. In all these areas we can see a number of
obstacles, for example if we would like to promote investments, we - or at
least someone - needs to think about the requirements that come from the
investors. Are they asking for independent accounting, do they require
influence once the investment is finished, how high a risk will they accept,
etc, etc?

Let’s take
another example - in the area of culture. Since culture is closely linked to
people meeting each other, some questions that could be asked are: how we can
provide financing for those meetings, how can visa problems be solved, what
about freedom for artists to express themselves in public and so on?

Mr Chairman,

I therefore
suggest that we include in all our working groups plans for the coming year to
scrutinise their proposals and to compile a list of the obstacles that have to
be overcome in order to go from the discussion stage to the action stage and
tackle them one by one. When we have done that we can take steps, small or
large forward and focus on things that really matter. Those steps are the walk.

Thank you!

Ulrik Nilsson (M)


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