Within EPSU, the Mediterranean Group became a constituency that organizes the affiliate trade union organizations of Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, and Israel in 2000. It had reached the same status in 1997 within PSI. It is important to notice that although strictly speaking France is not a member of the Mediterranean Constituency, it is a close friend and ally of the Mediterranean group and, in this sense, French unions participate in our meetings and discussions.
But the “Mediterranean particularities” were noted by some affiliates before, and already in 1989 the Mediterranean Group became a formal structure, that work in order to analyze and present the potential and specific necessities of the trade unions and countries of the Mediterranean basin, and to lobby for its priorities. The group also works to reinforce the solidarity and mutual understanding of its members, to elaborate a common policy for the development of the Mediterranean, but specially to represent in European and world institutions the claims of the trade unions it represents.
The history, culture, economic, social, and democratic development of the countries of the Mediterranean Europe is common in many ways. And their trade unions have similar structures and a traditional good understanding that deserves to be explored.
Today, the Mediterranean Group is a well organized structure that meets several times a year in order to put in common their mutual interests and analyze the best way of presenting them into EPSU and ISP. Within this group, the different trade union federations have an open debate about many trade union related, political, economical, and social issues. But from outside, the group moves in only one direction and speaks with one voice, representing its variety. It is important to notice that although strictly speaking France is not a member of the Mediterranean Constituency, it is a close friend and ally of the Mediterraean group and, in this sense, French unions participate in our meetings and discussions.