Created in Andalusia in 1990 to express the shared interests of Mediterranean Regions in important European negotiations, the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) encompasses the issues raised in all the Regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
The CPMR Intermediterranean Commission gathers around 40 Member Regions from 9 different EU members states and other countries (Albania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia). It is open to all the different sub-national levels in all Mediterranean countries.
The gathering of the Intermediterranean Members Regions represents a bond of peace, stability and development between three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The Intermediterranean Commission work focuses on the development of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and Territorial Cooperation, concentrating its efforts on Transport and Integrated Maritime Policy, Economic and Social Cohesion, Water and Energy. Today, it is calling for a macro-regional strategy for the Mediterranean and fostering the emergence of Mediterranean citizenship – also on migration policies – mobilising partners from the southern rims of the basin too.
1. Defending the interests of the Mediterranean Regions in key EU policies
The Mediterranean area has its own specific character to be championed at European level. Mediterranean Regions must work together to ensure that European policies better address their issues when defining priorities and modalities of implementation. This is particularly the case when the policies concern regional development, maritime affairs, agriculture or transportation to mention but a few.
2. Incorporating the territorial concept and the role of the regional authorities in the Euro-Mediterranean concept
The Mediterranean Regions are convinced that intensifying the territorial scope of their partnership is the only way to build a new vision of the Euro-Mediterranean area. On one hand so that public policy can be better instilled among all the different populations through deconcentrated/ decentralised activities; and on the other hand to ensure better-balanced chances of development in the area, between countries, regions and urban intercommunities and the rural world.
3. Undertaking strategic “pilot” projects on key themes with a forceful territorial impact
By hosting its different working groups and political dialogue between its members, the Intermediterranean Commission takes position as a think-tank institution embodying the territorial scope of the Mediterranean Union by proposing and developing strategic projects that could be supported by EU mechanisms.
The work of the Intermediterranean Commission means open, partnership-based action with international organisations who are active in the area (European Commission, United Nations Agencies, OECD, UfM…), with member countries and their thematic networks, and with other organisations formed by local authorities (ARLEM, Arc Latin, Med-Cités, the UCLG Med Commission, Arab Towns Organisation…).
The Intermediterranean Commission Annual General Assembly
The Intermediterranean Commission holds a General Assembly once a year. Each Region has one vote for key political decisions and spending issues.
It also holds a Plenary Assembly once a year on the sidelines of the Annual CPMR General Assembly. All the Intermediterranean Commission members must also be members of CPMR.
The IMC is one of the six geographical commissions of the CPMR. Each Geographical Commission has its own organisational structure, so that it can promote its specific identity and cooperate on subjects of common interest, while contributing to the cohesion and unity of the Conference.
The Intermediterranean Commission Political Bureau
The Intermediterranean Commission has a Political Bureau that meets twice or three times a year as required by current affairs. The Political Bureau appoints members for two years, each country has a certain number of members. It also elects the Executive Secretary before ratification by the General or Plenary Assembly.
The Intermediterranean Commission is hosting internal working groups and task forces which carry out specific studies and analysis, produce policy positions, and form the global structure to support its action plan.
The Intermediterranean Commission Working Groups are: