Union Med to be based in Barcelona - Solana delighted
While everybody watches America and as some minutes to midnight Mr. Change (No.44) has arrived, 43 countries from the European Union, the Balkans, north Africa and the Middle East agreed on Tuesday to base a new Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona...
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he was "delighted" by the accord on Barcelona
The Mediterrian Union - oficially inaugurated on 2008 July 14 - Javier Solana's 66th birthday - strengthens (not replace as the link below suggests) his Barcelona Process initiated in 1995.
The Arab League will be involved “at all levels” of the new organisation.
In return, Israel will gain a high-ranking position in the union’s secretariat, or permanent bureaucracy. This will be led (=43 plus 1) by a secretary-general from an as yet unnamed non-EU state, plus five deputies from Italy, Greece, Israel, Malta and the Palestinian Authority.