Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

pamThe Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) was founded in 2006, following fifteen years of cooperation among States of the Mediterranean region. This cooperation focused on themes of common interest such as political, socio-economic and environmental issues. This process, known as the Conference on Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean (CSCM) and began in 1990, developed under the auspices of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The main objective of PAM is to forge political, economic and social cooperation among its member states in order to find common solutions to the challenges facing the region, and to bring about peace and prosperity for the Mediterranean peoples.

PAM is the tool for regional parliamentary diplomacy and a unique forum whose membership is open exclusively to Mediterranean countries which are represented on an equal footing. This is reflected in the composition of its management committee and the alternating Presidency. The President of PAM is the Hon. Rudy Salles (France), Vice President of the French National Assembly. Each national delegation has five members with equal voting and decision-making powers. Associate members and Observers do not have voting rights.

The member states of PAM are: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Republic of North Macedonia ,Tunisia and Turkey. Partner States and Organizations are: San Marino, Georgia, Russian Federation, Holy See, the IPU, the League of Arab States, the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Transitional Arab Parliament, the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Parliamentary Assemblies of OSCE, WEU and NATO, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, OIC, Arab Maghreb Union, the Parliamentary Union of the Islamic Conference (PUIC), as well as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Association of the Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas (MEDREG) and the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

1st Operational Meeting of the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean

Within the framework of PAM, the first operational meeting of the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean was held in Naples, Italy on 12-13 November 2010. The aim of the meeting was to propose operational measures that need to be taken by national parliaments to accelerate economic recovery in the Mediterranean. To this end, the meeting focused on identifying mechanisms for the enhancement and facilitation of trade, the establishment of a Mediterranean Free Trade Zone, the creation of a Regional Investment Bank, and on undertaking initiatives to implement an international promotion of the region as a competitive investment destination.

Invest in Greece, following its participation in two preparatory meetings in Lisbon and Milan, presented an initiative of multilateral cooperation with the Investment Promotion Agencies of the Mediterranean.One of the objectives of the cooperation will be the codification and comparative analysis of the legal frameworks of the Member States, in order to showcase best practices.The Greek proposal aims at facilitating procedures for international investors, since harmonisation will lead to a more straightforward, cohesive and homogeneous institutional investment framework, regardless of the recipient country of an investment.

The contribution of Invest in Greece in the dialogue for the enhancement of the competitiveness of the Mediterranean and in attracting investment was deemed to be particularly constructive. To this end, PAM accepted the proposal and assigned the project coordination to Invest in Greece. Furthermore, Invest in Greece was invited to assume membership on the relevant Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.

2nd Operational Meeting of the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM PANEL ON EXTERNAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN) held its second Operational Meeting, on 4-5 May 2011, in Geneva. A conference was also held in cooperation with the United Nations Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster. The Conference was launched by Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy- Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Senator Francesco Maria Amoruso, Chairman of the 2nd Standing Committee of PAM. The topics discussed at the conference included Policy Considerations Customs Unions, Regional Free Trade Agreements, trade and logistic facilitation, developing productive capacity, energy and water resource management.  

In preparation for the meeting, CEO of Invest in Greece, Mr. Christos Alexakis, took part in the preliminary meeting held in Milan on 19 April 2011, during which delegates discussed plans and actions to be undertaken by the designated thematic groups, the methodology that needs to be applied by the steering committee for future action, and coordination of PAM members for the upcoming PAM Meeting in Geneva.

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