Meeting of the Socialist International Mediterranean Committee, Seville

29-30 October 2001

The SI Mediterranean Committee met in Seville, Spain, on 29 and 30 October, hosted by the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE

The meeting, which was chaired by Trinidad Jiménez (Spain, PSOE), had the following themes on its agenda: ‘Political, economic and security consequences for the Mediterranean in the new international context’, ‘Socialist strategies for taking forward the Euro Mediterranean partnership’, and ‘Migration in the Mediterranean’. Representatives from SI member parties in the region presented brief reports on the national situations in their countries.

Manuel Chaves, President of the Government of Andalusia and of the PSOE, opened the meeting by addressing participants on the themes of the meeting. Felipe González, former Head of Government of Spain, delivered an introductory commentary on the new international context since 11 September and the former Secretary General of the PSOE, Joaquín Almunia, introduced the second theme of Euro-Mediterranean partnership.

The Committee, which was attended by more than 40 delegates and special guests, issued the Seville Declaration