Socio-economic assessments
A comprehensive update on the socio-economic expertise FEMISE, the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Institutes: migration policy, economic performance, decentralization, employment, social pact, inequality, economic recovery, growth, SME development, inclusion, tourism, trade, FDI, direct investment abroad, financial integration, knowledge economy, ecology, innovation ... in Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Portugal, Egypt, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Turkey ...

The financial crisis affects the real economy of Mediterranean countries - 10/22/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

The global financial crisis and the Arab Spring - how have Mediterranean countries been affected by these two simultaneous phenomena? FEMISE has just published a study following a business survey conducted with SMEs and SMIs in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Comparative analysis and recommendations… Unlike Western economies,...

Morocco and the future "Mediterranean Solar Plan": a sustainable energy source - 10/22/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Unlike Algeria, Morocco has no oil or gas, but it does benefit from many hours of sunshine, which in the coming years could enable it to become a prodigious producer of renewable energy for itself and also for Europe. Eleven hours of light per day and heat conservation for seven hours, compared to three hours in France! ...

Rethinking migration of doctors - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Contrary to popular belief, the migration of doctors from the Middle East and the Maghreb region to Europe does not only benefit the host countries. The source countries also benefit from these departures. Strengthening north-south relations in the fields of education and medical research would lead to a win-win situation. In...

Putting a stop to the adverse effects of remittances on the Palestinian economy - 10/16/2012 - Christiane Navas

Remittances from migrant workers, a main driver of the Palestinian economy, have increased the gap between GDP and GNP and made the country more dependent on external resources. In order to stimulate economic activity and employment in the country, the Palestinian authorities must try and channel these remittances into investment rather than consumption.

Youth brain drain continues in the Maghreb - 10/16/2012 - Christiane Navas

These new, better-trained migrants enrich their country of origin but not enough to compensate for the loss their departure causes. They contribute to this loss by relocating and by the hope given to those looking to develop their skills. Only their return, however, could change this. MAGHREB. Over the last three decades, the...

What growth potential exists for trade between the EU and its Mediterranean partners? - 10/16/2012 - Christiane Navas

Removing trade barriers is not enough to develop trade between the European Union and its partners in the Southern Mediterranean. Other parameters such as the quality of the logistics system, non-tariff barriers, innovation, openness to foreign investment and even good governance are all factors to consider.

Young people, the key to the Mediterranean - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Yusuf Kocoglu, Assistant Professor at the Laboratory for Applied Economics for Development (LEAD), at the University of Sud Toulon-Var helped draw up the annual FEMISE report for 2011 on the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. In the document entitled “A new Mediterranean region: towards achieving fundamental transition”, he...

Grandeur and decadence of authoritarian regimes in the Mediterranean - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

The heads that have rolled in the Mediterranean region signal the end of several decades of authoritarian regimes and a corruption that has infiltrated all levels of society. The challenge now is to establish new rules of play on solid foundations. We hope that the new dawn brings transparent governments and supervisory bodies.
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