Integration of the Mediterranean Neighbours into the EU Internal Market
Centuries of divergent historic evolutions have resulted in a clearer conceptual demarcation of Europe on the northern shore and Africa on the southern one, with Asia starting at the eastern and northern shore. In the minds of some people, the Sea has even become a border – protection for some, an obstacle for others. However, the geographical proximity is obviously still there.
That is why it is important to stress the special relationship which continues to exist between the countries on the northern shore – the large majority of which is now member of the European Union – with the countries on the southern and eastern shores, culturally, commercially and politically.