The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy established a union of the Mediterranean Area. This union includes all EU member + some non-EU members and certain Northern African countries.
According to Sarkozy, this union will give a lot of facilities to countries (inside this union) that are not yet EU members. It is also believed it will bring peace between Israel and its neighbours.
Still, there are concerns claiming that there are other hidden objectives for what the given union was created.