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20 years on from the Barcelona Declaration, the key challenges for the Euro-Mediterranean region

30 November

Key challenges for the Euro-Mediterranean region

8.30 – 9.30 a.m.


9.30 – 11 a.m.

Opening session
Welcome speech

  • Georges Dassis, EESC President

The political situation in the Euromed region and the challenges it faces 20 years on from the Barcelona Declaration
Moderator: Dilyana Slavova, president of the EESC Section for External Relations

  • Nizar Baraka, President of the Moroccan ESEC

  • Marcos Peña, President of the Spanish ESC

  • Delphine Borione, Deputy Secretary-General, Union for the Mediterranean

  • Christian Berger, Director for the Mideast and North Africa, EEAS

  • Sergio Piccolo, Advisor to the Director, DG NEAR, European Commission


11 - 11.30 a.m.

Coffee break

11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A new European Neighbourhood Policy
Moderator: Marianne Nati-Stoffel, Secretary-General of the Luxembourg ESC

  • To what extent will the EU's new neighbourhood policy enable it to respond to the challenges facing the region?

  • What are the key issues for the Euromed region right now?

  • How do relations between the EU and its southern neighbourhood currently stand?

  • Sergio Piccolo, Advisor to the Director, DG NEAR, European Commission

  • Madlen Serban, Director, European Training Foundation

  • Conny Reuter, Secretary-General, SOLIDAR

  • Grace Attard, Rapporteur for the report on the situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region

  • Salim Salamah, Blogger and activist, Palestinian Human Rights League - Syria


1 - 2.30 p.m.

Lunch at the invitation of the EESC

2.30 - 4 p.m.

Prospects for regional dialogue
Moderator: Lidija Pavić-Rogošić, EESC member

  • What are the future prospects for the Euromed region in view of the challenges discussed earlier in the day?

  • What can drive cooperation and regional integration?

  • How does the regional dialogue benefit the EU and its southern partners?

  • José Luis Vinuesa, Head of Sector, Regional Programmes Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR

  • Mohammed Seghir Babès, President of the Algerian National Economic and Social Council (CNES)

  • Lurdes Vidal, Head of the Department for the Arab and Mediterranean World, IEMed

  • Bichara Khader, Professor, Study and Research Group on the Contemporary Arab World, Catholic University of Leuven (UCL)


4 – 4.30 p.m.

Coffee break

4.30 - 6 p.m.

Involvement of economic and social stakeholders in the development of the region
Moderator: Shaher Saad, Secretary General, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions

  • How can economic and social stakeholders share in the prosperity of the region and in its economic and social development?

  • What is their role in the development of participatory democracy?

  • What specific contributions can they make in the dialogue with the authorities?

  • Felix Peinado, Spanish ESC

  • Kacem Afaya, Deputy Secretary-General, General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT)

  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary-General, Eurochambres

  • Carlos Lozano, Coordinator of the ESMED Network


1 December: Working together to address the challenge of migration and refugees

9.30 - 11 a.m.

Long-term perspective, integration
Moderator: Roger Nasnas, President of the Lebanese ESC

  • What contribution can migrants make to society across Europe?

  • Current examples of good practice by civil society in the integration of asylum seekers

  • Vocational training – a key factor in integration?

  • Thomas Huddleston, Policy analyst, Migration Policy Group

  • Cinzia Del Rio, EESC member

  • Johan Leman, President of the Foyer association, Molenbeek


11 - 11.30 a.m.

Coffee break

11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Humanitarian issues
Moderator: Arjola Alika, Union of Independent Trade Unions of Albania

  • How can civil society play its part in the reception of refugees, both North and South?

  • What are the long-term prospects for the refugees currently in refugee camps in Europe's neighbourhood?

  • What role should civil society play in combating migrant trafficking?

  • What solutions can be found to ensure a safe passage to Europe?

  • Brenda King, EESC member

  • Kamel Mohanna, President of the Amel Association

  • Carole Mansour, director of the documentary “Not who we are”

  • Taïb Madmad, Secretary-General, Moroccan Human Rights Association


1 - 2.30 p.m.

Lunch at the invitation of the EESC

2.30 - 4 p.m.

Political issues
Moderator: Dimitris Dimitriadis, EESC member

  • How should this challenge be incorporated into the relationship between the EU and its southern partners as well as into the national dialogue of all of the individual countries?

  • What impact is this crisis having on regional and bilateral relations in the Euromed region?

  • How can civil society have a policy input with regard to migration issues?

  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, EESC member

  • Ahmed Majdalani, former Minister for Labour and President of the Palestinian ESC

  • Dan Catarivas, Director, Manufacturers' Association of Israel

  • Osman Yildiz, General Secretary, HAK-İŞ Confederation of Workers


4 - 4.15 p.m.

Coffee break

4.15 - 5 p.m.

Adoption of the final declaration

  • José María Zufiaur, President of the Euromed Follow-up Committee

Practical information:

Venue: European Economic and Social Committee (room JDE 62), Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels

Interpreting: English/Arabic/Croatian/Spanish/French

Contact: euromed@eesc.europa.eu

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