give its support to the creation of common Arab institutions, particularly parliamentary institutions; calls on the Commission also to devise a regular formal mechanism for consultation and monitoring, with the League of Arab States, at the highest level and, by subsidiarity, in all areas of common interest; calls for the European Union and the League of Arab States to hold regular summits with a view to developing common agendas and areas of work; 25. Notes the importance and encourages the role of new media in the dissemination of democratic values in the Arab world and in the creation of a pan-Arab public sphere characterised by debate and the meeting of ideas; emphasises in this regard the need to start broadcasting Euronews programmes in Arabic and Farsi; 26. Calls on the Commission, the Council and the Member States to encourage exchanges of students, teachers, academics and researchers between the EU and Arab countries and to facilitate those exchanges through an adapted and more flexible visa regime; 27. Calls on the Commission to encourage, using all available means, university and scientific research in the Arab world and to promote the implementation of an ambitious publishing policy with a view to developing the publication and translation of scientific and literary works at prices that are accessible to everyone; 28. Calls on the Commission to support initiatives aimed at combating corruption in the Arab world, in particular by introducing clear rules on the appointment of civil servants; 29. Considers that, as in the recent case of the Paris III Conference for Lebanon, the European Union’s financial aid could be the most effective and reliable means of ensuring the visible presence of the Union and its Member States through the provision of strategic and conditional support for reforms in the Arab world, with due respect to existing agreements and the local political situation at state or regional level; 30. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and Commission, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the governments and parliaments of the Arab countries. RR\661712EN.doc 9/14 PE 382.486v03-00
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT While the Arab world confronts reforms, the role of the European Union is to encourage, engage and assist Shortly before he was murdered in June 2005, the Lebanese intellectual and political journalist Samir Kassir published a short work which was stimulating, incisive and made no concessions, entitled “Considérations sur le malheur arabe” [Thoughts on the Arab malaise 1 ]. Clearly there is an Arab malaise: it affects each of the countries in that vast community, it also affects the internal organisation of that community and its potential relations with the outside world, particularly with the European Union, its most important and closest partner and neighbour.
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