Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) 

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) is an assembly of local and regional representatives ​from the European Union and its Mediterranean partners.​​

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It was set up in 2010 by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) together with territorial associations active in this context allowing elected representatives from the three shores of the Mediterranean Sea to:

  • represent their local and regional authorities politically, including towards the EU and the Union for the Mediterranean (Uf M)
  •  maintain political dialogue and   
  • promote interregional cooperation ​​​

Which are the countries involved?

Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Syria (membership currently suspended), Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Palestine, Monaco, Montenegro. In addition, Libya participates as observer.​

​What's the aim of ARLEM?

ARLEM aims to:

  • give a territorial dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean
  • promote local democracy, multi-level governance and decentralised cooperation around the three shores of the Mediterranean
  • encourage North-South and South-South dialogue between local and regional authorities
  • promote the exchange of best practice, knowledge and technical experience in the areas for which local and regional authorities are responsible
  • promote regional integration and cohesion     ​


How does ARLE​M operate?

Politically, ARLEM provides a forum for ongoing political dialogue. It contributes to the CoR's consultative works through thematic reports. It also represents the local and regional level at UfM summits.

In its work, ARLEM creates synergies with its partners, including  the UfM (Declaration of Intent signed in 2013), the European LRA associations who are represented in ARLEM, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (observer status), the Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM (observer status), the European Training Foundation (Declaration of Intent signed in 2013) and the European Economic and Social Committee (observer status).
The Assembly brings together ARLEM members at its annual plenary session, in the course of which the thematic reports are adopted, and for Commission and Bureau meetings. In addition, specific workshops or conferences may be organised and specific aspects deepened through studies.     ​

How is ARLEM composed?

ARLEM  brings together 80 members and 2 observers from the EU and its Mediterranean partner countries. Members are representatives of regions and local bodies and hold a regional or local authority mandate.

ARLEM is chaired by a co-presidency representing equally the Mediterranean partners and the EU. The co-president from the Mediterranean partners' group is confirmed by consensus by that group for a period of two and a half years.

The ARLEM Bureau defines the Assembly's strategy and range of activities.
Within the Commission for Sustainable  Territorial Development, ARLEM rapporteurs elaborate thematic reports on topics referring to the fields of:

  • decentralisation
  • urban and territorial development
  • cultural cooperation
  • the information society
  • migration and integration
  • small and medium-sized enterprises
  • trade
  • sustainable development
  • water management
  • waste management
  • energy, particularly solar energy
  • transport
  • agriculture and tourism
  • etc.

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  • Recommendations for 2022

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    1. Arabic | العربية(631.83 KB-PDF)Download
      الجمعية اإلقليمية والمحلية األورومتوسطية
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  • Boosting international subnational climate diplomacy ahead of COP27 and COP28

    Publication date:28/06/2022Theme:Green Deal, Covenant of Mayors, Eastern Partnership, Development cooperation, Climate change policy, Enlargement, Western Balkans regionAuthor:Anna Maria Augustyn, Giulia Sofia Sarno, Marie-Eve Ciparisse (A.R.S. Progetti S.P.A.)
  • EU financial assistance available to LRAs in Mediterranean partner countries

    Publication date:14/12/2021Theme:Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Katarzyna Sidło, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Virginia Dicuonzo, and Abdoul Karim Zanhouo
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    1. Arabic | العربية(1014.13 KB-PDF)Download
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      Aide financière de l’UE mise à la disposition des collectivités locales et régionales des pays partenaires méditerranéens
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  • Service sector re-orientation- transferring skills from the tourism sector

    Publication date:02/09/2021Theme:Tourism, Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Robert Lanquar, Aleksandra Teliszewska, Katarzyna Sidło
  • Innovation ecosystems and start-ups in the Mediterranean as a means of recovering from the COVID-19 crisis

    Publication date:02/09/2021Theme:Entrepreneurship, Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Katarzyna Sidło (CASE)
  • Digitalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:16/09/2020Theme:Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, Digital policy and connectivity, EntrepreneurshipAuthor:Katarzyna W. Sidło, Kateryna Karunska, Claudio Salmeri, Stanislav Bieliei (CASE) and Roger Albinyana (IEMed)
  • Agriculture and food security in climate sensitive areas in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:16/09/2020Theme:Agriculture, Water policy, Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Karolina Zubel (CASE) and Antoine Apprioual (IEMed)
  • The contribution of local and regional authorities to regional integration in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:10/10/2019Theme:Multi-level governance and devolution, Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Aleksandra Chmielewska, Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria, Krzysztof Głowacki, Agnieszka Kulesa, Justine Renard and Katarzyna Sidło (CASE)
  • Contribution of local and regional authorities to the development of the blue economy in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:09/10/2019Theme:Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, Fisheries and maritime affairs, TourismAuthor:Roger Albinyana, Krzysztof Głowacki, Maria Krell, Anna Malinowska, Daniel Ruiz-Giménez, Katarzyna Sidło, Karolina Zubel (CASE)
  • Youth Entrepreneurship in Mediterranean Partner Countries

    Publication date:21/12/2018Theme:Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:LSE Enterprise Limited
  • Preventing corruption at local and regional level in South Mediterranean countries

    Publication date:11/12/2018Theme:Public administration, Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Clara Volintiru, PhD (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies - ASE) and Jose Javier Olivas Osuna, PhD (The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE).
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  • EU financial assistance available to local and regional authorities in Mediterranean partner countries

    Publication date:11/10/2018Theme:Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Dr Katarzyna Sidło and Karolina Zubel (Center for Social and Economic Research - CASE)
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    1. Arabic | العربية(1.82 MB-PDF)Download
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  • The Role of the Sub-National Authorities from the Mediterranean Region in Addressing Radicalisation and Violent Extremism of Young People

    Publication date:30/07/2017Theme:Euro-Mediterranean PartnershipAuthor:Prof. David A. Winter, Dr. Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Dr. Mohammad Haj Salem, Dr Mohammed Musbah, Dr. Ahmed Tohamy (NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions and LSE Enteprise).
  • Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:04/05/2012Author:Aston Centre for Europe - Aston University
  • Technical and vocational training in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:02/05/2012Author:Aston Centre for Europe - Aston University
  • The Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:04/09/2011Author:Aston Centre for Europe - Aston University
  • The Preservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:14/05/2011Theme:CitizenshipAuthor:Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University (Dr Nathaniel Copsey Dr Carolyn Rowe)
  • The relationship between desertification and climate change in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:08/05/2011Author:Aston Centre for Europe - Aston University
  • Renewable Energy in the Mediterranean

    Publication date:01/05/2011Author:Aston Centre for Europe - Aston University (authors: Dr. J. Bloomfield, Dr. N.Copsey, Dr. C. Rowe)
  • EU Funds for South Eastern Mediterranean Countries - Info Guide EN

  • EU Funds for South Eastern Mediterranean Countries - Info Guide FR

  • EU Funds for South Eastern Mediterranean Countries - Info Guide AR



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