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INFORMAL WORKING GROUP ON OTHER REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION ANNEXES

The text of the Northern Mediterranean annex has ten articles, which deal with: purpose; particular conditions of the region; planning framework for sustainable development; obligation to prepare national action programmes; preparation and implementation of national action programmes; content of national action programmes; sub-regional and joint programmes; coordination of sub-regional and joint action programmes; ineligibility for developed country Parties; and coordination with other sub-regions. The text was adopted at breakneck speed. The title was changed from "European Annex" to "Northern Mediterranean Annex." The EU also proposed a new Article 9 that would make affected country Parties of the region ineligible for funding under the Convention. Switzerland and Turkey noted that there are developing countries in the Northern Mediterranean region that should not be denied access to funding. It was agreed to say instead that "affected developed country Parties in the region are not eligible."