Between the Baltic and the Mediterranean

Between the Baltic and the Mediterranean

I spent the last few days, after I came back from the United Nations in New York, travelling north and south, between the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

I write on my way back from Rome, where I was glad to go back to the Chamber of deputies, and to open the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. Together with MPs from the European Union, the Balkans, from the Middle East and North Africa, we talked about the work we are doing, particularly for young people and women, to remove the obstacles and create new channels of access to the job market, to policy-making, and to participation in general inside the society and in politics. Here is my speech.

On Wednesday, in Brussels, I had met with some of our Mediterranean neighbours: Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Khémaies Jhinaoui, to prepare the Association Council between the European union and Tunisia, with a special focus precisely on opportunities for our youth (here is the press release); and Turkey’s Europe Minister, Omer Celik, to discuss the future of our relations with Turkey.

On Thursday, our work on the Southern front went on in London, at the Conference on Somalia, together with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the African Union’s Chairman Moussa Faki – who will be in Brussels tomorrow, for a European Foreign Affairs Council dedicated almost entirely to Africa. Here is my speech at the Somalia Conference, here the video of the session on our humanitarian support to face the famine that has hit the Horn of Africa.

From South to North: on Friday I was in Estonia, to prepare together Estonia’s first ever Presidency of the European Union. Six important months to relaunch our Unione, which we must tackle with energy, determination, unity and pragmatism. Here is the press conference with Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, here the debate at the Lennart Meri conference on security.