Libya will now take part in Euromed Audiovisual III activities, following a European Commission decision on July 13 to include the country as a beneficiary of its Euro-Mediterranean Partnership programmes.
An ENPI Regulation in 2006 included Libya as a country that was eligible for these programmes, but the Regional Strategy Document for 2007 to 2013 and the Regional Indicative Programme for 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013, however then excluded Libya from them for political reasons.
But in view of recent political changes in the country after the Arab Spring, Libya is now to fully participate in ongoing regional programmes, according to the European Commission.
The decision follows a European Commission paper entitled 'A new response to a changing neighbourhood' dated May 25, 2011, to outline a new approach towards the 16 countries to the east and south of the European Union, including Libya.
Concerned programmes such as Euromed Audiovisual III will be reorganised to welcome Libyan participation, without any specific budget increase for that purpose.
Source: ENPI Info Centre