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European commissioner highlights ‘new regional language’ since the Abraham Accords

The European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi (pictured), spoke to the European Parliament about the EU’s unique relationship with Israel during the current energy crisis and the innovative developments regarding the Abraham Accords. Yossi lempkowicz writes that Oliver Varhelyi presented during a debate at the EU Parliament about the renewed partnership with Southern Neighborhood a few examples project delivery. These included the recent signing of a trilateral energy agreement between Egypt and Israel, which has become a long-term, reliable partner to ensure energy security, diversification, and supply to Europe.

“Europe must not only understand the new regional language after the Abraham Accords but it should also learn this language and seize new opportunities for people, business, and trade,” stated Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner on Neighbourhood and Enlargment, during a discussion held in the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg about ‘Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood – a new agenda to the Mediterranean’.

He stated that the COVID-19 epidemic and the current war in Ukraine had “clearly demonstrated that the prosperity, stability and security of Europe and North Africa is closely interrelated”.

“In these turbulent times it is important to have reliable, predictable partners in our immediate neighborhood. We can all benefit from the new opportunities that are emerging and unlock the region’s potential. We can trust our partners to be trustworthy in combating anti-Semitism and incitement of hatred, violence, terror, or other forms of anti-Semitism. He praised partners who have taken bold and decisive actions to address the foundations of peace, tolerance and co-existence, and non-violence. Varhelyi stated that it is “undoubtedly the beginning of a new chapter” in the EU’s relationship.

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Overall, we are on a good track to create a positive agenda and deliver the New Agenda for Mediterranean and its Economic and Investment Plan. We must continue investing in the real economy to create growth and new jobs and give the youth a chance to stay. He stated that the Economic and Investment Plan could mobilise as much as EUR7 billion and trigger investments of up to EUR30bn. He gave some examples of projects in progress, such as the recent signing of a trilateral energy agreement between Egypt and Israel that will ensure long-term energy security and diversification.

He said that he was looking into the possibility of supporting Israel’s normalization process with its Arab neighbors in areas where new partnerships are possible or may be formed. We are making great progress in our efforts to work with Israel and Morocco on water management.


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