Following the Summit of the Western Mediterranean Forum, held in Malta on 5-6 October 2012, the Heads of State and Government of France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia agreed to organize the first Economic Forum of the Western Mediterranean in Barcelona in 2013. The Forum will focus on the economic cooperation of the ten countries of the Western Mediterranean.

This major event will take place on 23 October 2013 at the Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona, with the participation of the Head of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, and several Ministers of foreign affairs of the countries of the Western Mediterranean Forum (commonly referred to as “5+5 Dialogue”).