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Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel discusses cooperation within Euromed with Prince Albert of Monaco

“The Principality of Monaco is welcome to join the European Union Euromed initiative which links the EU Member States and other Mediterranean countries,”  the Slovenian Foreign Minister and current President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council, Dimitrij Rupel, assured Prince Albert during their meeting today at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels.

Prince Albert voiced Monaco’s wish to join the Euromed and also participate in the Union for the Mediterranean initiative proposed by France. Dr Rupel informed the Prince that the committee of high representatives had already given a favourable opinion on the Principality of Monaco’s membership of Euromed and that the representatives of Monaco could participate as guests at the meeting of high representatives held next week in Portorož. Dr Rupel also expected Monaco to be invited as a guest to the July meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean; regarding its membership, he explained that the matter would be decided at the ministerial meeting at the end of the year. Monaco’s membership is fully supported by the Slovenian Presidency and Dr Rupel is convinced that the ministers from all Member States will welcome Monaco as a member.


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Date: 05.06.2008