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30 November   Key challenges for the Euro-Mediterranean region


8.30 – 9.30 a.m.          Registration


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