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HEARING PROGRAMME

10:00 - 10:05  Opening

  • Ioannis VARDAKASTANIS, president of the EESC's study group on Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood – A new Agenda for the Mediterranean

10:05 - 10:15 Short introduction

  • by María Helena DE FELIPE LEHTONEN, rapporteur

10:15-11:00      SESSION I – Joint Communication: Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood–A new agenda for the Mediterranean – EU institutions' perspective

  • Jerome CASSIERS, former chair of working group – Maghreb-Mashrek (MAMA) covering Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Directorate Middle East and North Africa (MENA), European External Action Service (EEAS), 7'
  •  Ilektra TSAKALIDOU, Programme Officer, Unit B.2 (Regional Programmes Neighourhood South), DG NEAR, European Commission, 7'
  • Vincenzo BIANCO, member of Catania Municipal Council, Committee of the Regions, rapporteur on (CDR 1315/2021) – Joint Communication on a renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood, 7'

Debate, +/-20'

11:00 - 12:15 SESSION II – Key policy areas of the new Agenda for the Mediterranean

  • Erwan LANNON, Professor in European Law at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University: Human development, good governance and the rule of law, 7'
  • Florence GAUB, Deputy Director and MENA analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS): Peace and security, 7'
  • Jan SCHNEIDER, Head of Research Unit, The Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR): Migration and mobility, 7'

Debate, +/-20'

  • Katarzyna SIDŁO, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department, Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE): Resilience, prosperity and digital transition, 7'
  • Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA, Director of French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) Centre for Energy and Climate: Green transition, 7'

Debate, +/-20'

12:15 - 12:55  SESSION III – Economic and Investment Plan for the Southern Neighbours: views from social partners and other civil society organisations (CSOs)

  • Mustapha Tlili, Executive secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), 7'
  • Jihen BOUTIBA, Secretary General, Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED), 7'
  • Vincent FOREST, Advocacy Director,EuroMed Rights (tbc), 7'

Debate, +/-20'

12:55 - 13:00 Closing

  • ​​​​​​​Ioannis VARDAKASTANIS, president of the EESC's study group on Renewed partnership for the Southern Neighbourhood – A new Agenda for the Mediterranean

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