ostend - The Flemish Minister Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) calls for the creation of a union of the North Sea. This must be a partnership of all the countries around the North Sea. At first he thinks his welcome to the Netherlands, France and Great Britain, but also more northern countries such as Germany and Denmark.
That Bourgeois declared Monday during a visit to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend. The idea originated from the forthcoming brexit. The Prime Minister hopes that joint scientific research programs around the North Sea between Britain and other North Sea countries are not jeopardized by the departure of the British from the European Union.
Completely new is the idea. There is already a union in the Mediterranean- the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)- in which the EU cooperates with fifteen countries around the Mediterranean which do not belong to the EU. It is about North African and East European countries and a number of partners in the Middle East. The UfM has already been created in 2008.
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