Fabrizio Di Michele of the European External Relations Service and Chairman of the Maghreb-Mashrek think-tank, reported yesterday in Palermo at the Third Interinstitutional Forum ''United by the Mediterranean'' in occasion of the International Al Idrissi Award 2012.
Di Michele added that ''the ongoing negotiations in Brussels regarding the financial prospects for 2014-2020 should allow to increase the resources for territorial cooperation and at the same time improve the systems of management of these resources which are to be redefined by the European Commission. However, the effort which the European Union is putting forward is clashing with some evident commitments. Regarding funds, access to markets, mobility of people and university students, there are some very ambitious objectives but also some limits in Europe's capacity to bring them to their completion.'' He concluded adding that ''No doubt there is a political will shared by the member states to make an extra effort for the Mediterranean and Maghreb countries. But we must always come face to face with the balance which has changed a bit and with the economic crisis within each single member state.'' (ANSAmed).