Lisbon (Portugal) - The 8th coordination meeting of the UniDem Med project (University for democracy for the Southern Mediterranean) took place on 15 March 2023 in Lisbon (Portugal) just after the launching event of the joint EU and Council of Europe programme "Protecting human rights, rule of law and democracy through shared standards in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Programme V).
The aim of holding the coordinators' meeting at the same time as the launch of the fifth phase of the Southern Programme wass to create new synergies between the coordinators and the beneficiaries of the other components of the Southern Programme, as well as to exchange and disseminate Council of Europe standards and conventions to our partners in the region.
This UniDem Med annual meeting brought together the national coordinators representing Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia to take stock of the UniDem Med seminars organised in 2022. The participants also discussed their respective priorities in the field of public administration modernisation and determine the themes, dates and venues of the UniDem Med seminars to be held in 2023.
The UniDem Med seminars were launched in September 2015, with the aim of modernising public administration in the region through the exchange of democratic best practices between senior civil servants from both sides of the Mediterranean. The UniDem Med activities are co-financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the latter in the framework of the South V Programme "Protecting human rights, the rule of law and democracy through shared standards in the Southern Mediterranean".
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe and European Union member States on this issue.