Draft Programme

13 December

8 - 9 a.m.   Registration

9 - 10 a.m.   Opening session: Role of organised civil society in the Euromed Region

Moderator: Mr Marco Peña, President of the ESC of Spain

  • Mr Georges Dassis, President of the EESC
  • Ms Eva Martínez, General Director for the Maghreb, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Spanish Government
  • Mr Mario Gomes, Diplomatic Advisor to the Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

10 - 10.30 a.m. Coffee Break

10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Session 1 : Economic, social and cultural Rights in the Mediterranean Region

This session is based on the opinion adopted by the EESC and will address some of the most pressing issues surrounding economic, social and cultural rights in the region.
Moderator: Ms Sylvia Gauci, Secretary General, Malta Council for Economic and Social Development

  • Ms Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, EESC Rapporteur
  • Mr Mustapha Mekideche, Vice President, NESC Algeria
  • Ms Marim Soliman, Executive Director, El-Mahrousa Center for Socioeconomic Development, Egypt
  • Mr Xavier Matheu de Cortada, Head of Thematic Policy Unit, European Training Foundation

12 - 1 p.m.   Presentation of the advancement of the project "SOLiD"

  • Mr Mustapha Tlili, General Secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation
  • Ms Jihen Boutiba Mrad, General Secretary, BusinessMed

1 - 2.30 p.m.  Lunch

2.30 - 4 p.m. Session 2: A new generation of women rights

Based on the conclusion of the workshop held by the ESEC of Morocco and the ESC of Spain, this session will discuss the current situation of women rights in the region as well as an outlook on the future.
Moderator:  (tbc)

  • Mr Driss Guerraoui, Secretary General, ESEC Morocco
  • Ms Salima Musbah Alfakhri, President, Women & Youth Empowerment Forum, Libya
  • Mr Mario Gomes, Diplomatic Advisor to the Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
  • Ms Mouna Tabei, Faculty of Law, Political and Social Science, Tunis University Tunisia

4 - 4.30 p.m.   Coffee Break

4.30 - 6 p.m.  Session 3: Social protection floor in the Euromediterranean Area

Based on the report prepared by the Spanish ESC the discussion will focus on the necessity for social protection to be a priority in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The variety of social protection "networks" and systems in the region, as well as the lack of adequate and sufficiently up-to-date sources of information, may have contributed to the under-representation of social protection in the Partnership's work
Moderator: Mr Alhamarneh, President, ESC of Jordan

  • Mr Pedro Fernández Alén, President of the Working Commission of Labour Relations, Employment and Social Security, ESC of Spain
  • Ms Jihen Boutiba Mrad, General Secretary, BusinessMed
  • Mr Sleheddine Selmi, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTT
  • Mr Joaquín Nieto, director of the ILO Office for Spain

7.30 p.m.  Cocktail offered by the Spanish ESC at the NH Hotel

14 December

9.15 - 10.45 a.m. Session 4: Enhancing the Euromed Summit, solutions for the future

This session is foreseen to see how to collectively improve the Summit in the future, how to develop stronger common work and foster more collaboration and exchange of good practices between ESCs of the region.
Moderator:  Representative of the EESC

  • Mr José Campos Trujillo, Vice President , ESC of Spain
  • Mr Driss Guerraoui, Secretary General, ESEC Morocco
  • Mr Dan Catarivas, Member of the ESC of Israel

10.45 - 11 a.m. Coffee Break

11.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Session 5: Developing regional cooperation – presentations by networks in the Euro-Mediterranean area

Regional networks are key players in deepening the cooperation between the countries of the region. This session will be the opportunity to learn more about some of their activities.
Moderator: Ms Evelina Azizaj, National Coordinator, Albanian Network for Rural Development

  • Mr  Wadih Al Asmar, Executive Committee member, EuroMed Rights
  • Mr Marcello Scalisi, Executive Director, Unimed
  • Mr Juan Antonio Pedreño, General Coordinator, Euro-Mediterranean Network of Social Economy

12.30 - 1.30 p.m. Adoption of the final declaration

  • Ms Cinzia Del Rio, Euromed Follow-Up Committee Member, EESC
  • Ms Dilyana Slavova, President, External Relations Section, EESC

1.30 p.m. Lunch

3.30 p.m. Departure for the Visit of the Royal Palace organised by the Spanish ESC (optional)


Draft Program Euromed Summit 2017