"Barcelona, Jan 21 (EFE) .- EU special envoy to the southern Mediterranean, Spanish, Bernardino Leon, today urged the EU to offer a "new relationship" based on equal treatment between, the countries that have starred in last year called 'Arab spring'.
The former secretary general of the presidency during the last part of the mandate of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took part today in Barcelona at the international seminar "War and Peace in the XXI century. The Arab spring, a year later," organized by the CIDOB with Esade collaboration and the city of Barcelona.
Leon stressed that the EU must understand that the relationship from the "minority" these countries have "finished" and you have to wonder if you are willing to make decisions "fundamental" because it will determine whether to exercise a role "important" in the region, has warned.
With this argument, has claimed to offer these countries a "new relationship" which, although not involving an institutional presence, it does serve to make them feel integrated in the Euro.
He assured that Tunisia is the first of these countries that knock on the door of Brussels, and will not be offered an "advanced status", but a relationship "similar" to that of other European countries outside the EU such as Switzerland, Iceland or Norway.
If this is equal treatment between these nations, said Leon, the EU does not have to then offer assistance, cooperation or development aid, because "they have sufficient resources to enable their economies to prosper," he opined.
Furthermore, the EU special envoy to the southern Mediterranean has said that the success of the Arab spring will depend, among other factors, the ability of each of these countries to create jobs.
With respect to leadership in the region, has said that Egypt has the "dimension" to exercise, but concluded that this will only happen if this country is committed to a profound change.
For his part, former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy in Europe, Javier Solana, has said that while the countries of Eastern Europe had a goal in the last decades into the EU, the Arab spring do not have that point of arrival.
Solana, who has focused his speech to expose the challenges facing these countries rather than on political considerations, recalled the high unemployment among young people in these countries and ensured that for the process to complete "good", there are two factors to consider.
On the one hand, the role of the EU, whose "commitment to the process" has claimed, on the other the role of other Arab countries, especially the rich, who has opined that should be "solidarity" with the protagonists of Arab spring.
The meeting, attended, among others, former vice president of the Spanish and Cidob, Narcis Serra, and former Secretary of State for Foreign Miquel Nadal, has been used to analyze the impact and consequences of popular revolts in the world Arabic, the geopolitical changes in the region and the international repercussions of this process. EFE"