Socio-economic assessments

Completing the path to free trade - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Fifteen years after the Barcelona agreement, the much-desired convergence between the Mediterranean countries and the European Union has not taken off as expected or required. With regard to trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers are still too high and there is a long way to go before services are liberalised, especially those...

The Euro-Mediterranean partnership at the crossroads - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

What progress has been made since the Barcelona process was launched 15 years ago, and what margins do signatory countries to the process have? The Femise study “The Euro-Mediterranean partnership at the crossroads” examines all signatory countries to the process in close detail.

Highlighting the convergence between Europe and the South Mediterranean countries - 10/16/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Fifteen years after the Barcelona Process, the expected payoffs between Europe and the South Mediterranean countries have not materialized. What is the challenge posed to the European Union by the South Mediterranean countries? It is to resolve the lack of convergence of these regions. According to Ahmed Galal, president of FEMISE, Europe must find a new mode of cooperation and support. The free trade agreements must be far-reaching and more careful attention must be given to the free movement of workers.

Why Mediterranean countries withstood the impact of the crisis - 10/16/2012 - Frédéric Dubessy

While the US and European banking systems were overwhelmed by the subprime crisis and credit crunch, Mediterranean member countries of the FEMIP (*) to a large extent withstood the crisis in 2009. How did they overcome this hurdle, and how can the road to growth be rediscovered? A study on this issue was published by Femise and the EIB on 29 November 2010.

Structural policies mark their return - 10/16/2012 - Frédéric Dubessy

The difficulties associated with the crisis must not call structural policies into question. On the contrary: Mediterranean states’ tradition of support should continue, with an emphasis on industrial policies and continued efforts at opening up their markets.

Turkey emerges as Europe’s BRIC economy - 10/16/2012 - Guillaume Perrier, à ISTANBUL

TURKEY. The crisis of 2008 and 2009 has already been forgotten in Turkey, where the economy has returned to pre-recession growth levels.

Faced with crisis, Morocco goes on the offensive - 10/15/2012 - Christelle Marot, à CASABLANCA

MOROCCO. Spared financial turbulence, Morocco has instead suffered the effects of the crisis in property, tourism and export sectors of the economy.

Egyptian economy weathers economic crisis well - 10/15/2012 - Nina Hubinet, au CAIRE

EGYPT. Strong internal demand and government measures to support the economy allowed Egypt to avoid the worst effects of the global crisis. For 2011, the Egyptian authorities have forecast economic growth of more than 6%.
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