|University students prepare 'action plan for Lebanon'
|The first phase of the European Neighborhood Policy in Lebanon was finalized Friday with a presentation by local university students titled "A youth program for Lebanon" at the Ecole Superieure des Affaires in Clemenceau.
An initiative of the Delegation of the European Commission in Lebanon, the "youth program" was produced and written by students from the Lebanese University, Saint Joseph University and the American University of Beirut. The students were asked by the delegation to carry out a simulation aimed at preparing an "action plan for Lebanon."
The plan was presented to EU ambassadors, Lebanese economists and government officials.
Each student was allotted the opportunity to speak about issues "precious to the heart of the Lebanese youth," such as child labor, employment, women's rights, road safety, free health care, and civil marriage.
Those young people agreed that Lebanon's national priorities begin with "protecting the unconditional and sacred right of national sovereignty and adopting immediate interventionist measures to end the chain of terror and political crimes that has ravaged the country since the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri."
"It is only natural that the first to be invited to participate in this exercise were the university students," the delegates said.
The European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) aims at deepening and completing the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership by facilitating implementation of this qualitative step forward in the relations between the Mediterranean partners and the EU, and by modifying the bilateral dialogue mechanisms. ENP requests from the partners a commitment and a direct participation in the definition of the priorities as well as a regular monitoring of the implementation of the ENP and the progress made in reforms.
The Council of Ministers of the EU approved seven Action Plans (Israel, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Ukraine) on 13 December 2004.
The Daily Star