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The European Centre for the Regions (ECR), Antenna of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Barcelona, was appointed by the EuropeAid Cooperation Office of the European Commission as the Programme Management Unit for the "Regional Programme for the Promotion of the Instruments and Mechanisms of the Euro-Mediterranean Market" (EuroMed Market Programme) in the framework of the EU Euro-Mediterranean policy. This Programme is funded by the EU MEDA Programme.
This regional industrial cooperation programme of the European Commission, aimed at all 27 Euro-Mediterranean Partners (the 15 EU Member States, plus 12 Mediterranean Partners), with a duration of three years (May 2002-May 2005), falls under component 2 of the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995, pursuing the establishment of a Free Trade Area in the Mediterranean Region by the year 2010.
Within this regional programme, a series of eight priority fields pertaining to the Single Market have been identified: Free Movement of Goods; Customs, Taxation and Rules of Origin; Public Procurement; Auditing and Accounting; Intellectual Property Rights; Protection of Personal Data and e Commerce; Competition Rules; and Financial Services.
The programme has two phases. The first was an "information" phase, with a duration of 12 months, and included two conferences and eight workshops on the abovementioned issues from the perspectives of the EU Member States and the Mediterranean Partners (MPs). The second phase, lasting 24 months, concerns "training and networking", and involves study visits, targeted technical assistance, tailor-made training activities, training of trainers, twinning actions, setting up networks, and a closing conference.
The first phase started in June 2002 and ended in June 2003. Participants were experts from both the public and private sectors, from the 27 Euro-Mediterranean Partners.
The body of this volume includes the text of the presentations made by the various speakers as well as the Final Declarations approved by all participants at the end of each workshop and conference of the first phase.