Parliamentarians of the 5+5 Western Dialogue to meet in Malta

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean will be holding in conjunction with the Parliament of Malta the“8th HIGH-LEVEL MEETING OF THE PARLIAMENTS OF THE “5+5 WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUE” MEMBER STATES”. The meeting will be hosted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, on 17th January 2019, prior to the 15th Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 5+5 Western Mediterranean Dialogue, which will be held the following day.
The Parliamentary dialogue is open to all 5+5 member states, namely France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, and Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. At the end of the parliamentary meeting the conclusions will be presented the following day at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs meeting, by Hon. Angelo Farrugia and the President of PAM, Hon. Pedro Roque. The Arab Parliament will be among other regional and international observers.  
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean strongly believes in this sub-regional dialogue and has been closely associated to the 5+5 process since the Ministerial meeting of Rome and the Summit of Malta of 2012. 
As per established practise, the PAM agenda mirrors that of the ministerial event and therefore, also on this occasion, the parliamentarians will be addressing in depth the issues of sustainable development, migration and youth together with the main political issues concerning Libya, the Sahel, the Balkans and the Middle East.
On the other hand, this meeting represents another opportunity to increase cooperation among legislators in order to address other issues at the sub-regional level. This includes for instance policies and measures to promote job creation and economic growth, to support the youth and to ensure that they have a decent life, with concrete opportunities in order to avoid their radicalization.
issued on 15.01.2019
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