Towards more Social Justice and Inclusiveness in the Mediterranean

Welcome

Labelled as “Towards more social justice and inclusiveness in the Mediterranean”, this year’s EuroMeSCo Annual Conference takes the form of four in-person country events in Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt, and a closing event taking place in Brussels

These events offer a platform for further discussions on the implementation of the New Agenda for the Mediterranean focusing on the theme of Social Justice and Inclusiveness and will involve mixed groups of representatives from think tanks, academic institutions, civil society organisations, and business community representatives, as well as EU and government officials. 

Within the framework of the project EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), these country events are organised in collaboration with some of the partners of its Consortium.

Speakers

Dimitris Dimitriadis

Dimitris Dimitriadis

REX President, European Economic and Social Committee – EESC

Senén Florensa

Senén Florensa

Executive President, European Institute of the Mediterranean - IEMed

Henrike Trautmann

Henrike Trautmann

Acting Director, Neighbourhood South and Turkey, Directorate-Genera for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, DG NEAR, European Commission

Hamza Saoudi

Hamza Saoudi

Policy Center for the New South – PCNS

Rabha Allam

Rabha Allam

Researcher, Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies – ACPSS

Zied Boussen

Zied Boussen

Research Fellow, Arab Reform Initiative – ARI

Mohammed Fayez Farhat

Mohammed Fayez Farhat

Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies - ACPSS

Christian Berger

Christian Berger

EU Ambassador to Egypt

Gamal Soltan

Gamal Soltan

Former Director, Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies - ACPSS

Roger Albinyana

Roger Albinyana

Managing Director, European Institute of the Mediterranean - IEMed

Nahla Zeitoun

Nahla Zeitoun

Senior Social Protection Specialist, World Bank

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

President - Royal Scientific Society

H.E. Dr Mohammed Khashashneh

H.E. Dr Mohammed Khashashneh

Secretary General, ministry of Environment, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

H.E. Mary Kawar

H.E. Mary Kawar

Former Jordanian Minister for Planning and International Cooperation

Maria Hadjitheodosiou

Maria Hadjitheodosiou

Ambassador of the EU Delegation to the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan

Nabil Assaf

Nabil Assaf

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Jordan

Haizam Amirah-Fernández

Haizam Amirah-Fernández

Senior Analyst for the Mediterranean and Arab World, Elcano Royal Institute

Abdelkader El Khissassi

Abdelkader El Khissassi

Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of Economic Development and Employment

Agenda

Jordan

June 27th - 28th · 2022

Egypt

October 19th · 2022

Belgium

November 30th · 2022

November 29th
20:00
Welcome Dinner
Welcome Dinner
November 30th
08:45 - 09:00
Registration
Registration
November 30th
09:00 - 09:20
Opening Session and Welcome Remarks
Opening Session and Welcome Remarks

Dimitris DIMITRIADIS. REX President, European Economic and Social Committee – EESC

Amb. Senén FLORENSA. Executive President of the European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed

Henrike TRAUTMANN. Acting Director, Neighbourhood South and Turkey, Directorate-Genera for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, DG NEAR, European Commission

Katarina IVANKOVIC-KNEZEVIC. Director, Social Rights and Inclusion, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – DG EMPL D, European Commission

November 30th
09:20 - 11:00
Plenary Session - Social Justice and Inclusiveness in the Mediterranean
Plenary Session - Social Justice and Inclusiveness in the Mediterranean

Presentation of takeaways from the Country Events.

Moderation: Roger ALBINYANA. Managing Director, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

Speakers:

Morocco. Hamza SAOUDI (Policy Center for the New South – PCNS):
Youth and women’s inclusion in the labour market: challenges and opportunities for the Mediterranean region

Jordan. Majd AL NABER (West Asia North Africa Institute – WANA):
Interlinkages between social justice and sustainable development

Tunisia. Zied BOUSSEN (Arab Reform Initiative – ARI):
Addressing vulnerabilities, mainstreaming inclusiveness in public policy reforms

Egypt. Rabha ALLAM (Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies – ACPSS):
Towards more Social Justice and Inclusiveness in Egypt

 

Policy perspectives from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Union for the Mediterranean:

Abdelkader EL KHISSASSI. Deputy Secretary General,  Economic Development and Employment, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean – UfM.

Ingrid SCHWAIGER. Director, Social Rights and Inclusion, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG EMPL D, European Commission.

Beatriz SALVADOR GARCIA. Deputy Head of Division, Regional Affairs, Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service.

November 30th
11:00 - 11:20
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
November 30th
11:30 - 13:00
Multistakeholder Dialogues Platforms (Parallel Sessions) Combating Corruption and Fostering Accountability
Multistakeholder Dialogues Platforms (Parallel Sessions) <em>Combating Corruption and Fostering Accountability</em>

Promoting more inclusive and fair societies not only requires improving the situation of specific groups, but also acting against the impunity of others and establishing strong accountability mechanisms. Corruption is a major cause of the lack of trust of citizens in their system. It deprives the economy of major resources that could be used for the benefit of all and in some countries, it largely explains the shortcomings of public services. In its New Agenda for the Mediterranean, the EU renewed its commitment to the rule of law, democracy and good governance as the bedrock for stable fair, inclusive and prosperous societies. The promotion of modern, efficient and accountable public institutions and policies and the fight against corruption are key priorities for the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. These multistakeholder dialogue platforms will analyse anti-corruption policies, accountability mechanisms and public administration reforms to boost predictability, transparency, and accountability.

November 30th
11:30 - 13:00
Business Platform - Combating corruption in the private sector and boosting business integrity
Business Platform - <em>Combating corruption in the private sector and boosting business integrity</em>

The Business Platform will look into the opportunities private sector cooperation offers to promote business integrity and transparency.

Moderation: Emmanuel COHEN-HADRIA. Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, EuroMeSCo, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

 

Setting the Scene:

Alain BIFANI. Founding president, Lebanese Citizen Foundation.

Aymen BELGACEM. Economist, International Monetary Fund.* Informality, Development and the Business Cycle in North Africa. Takeaways from an IMF recent publication.

 

Testimonials:

Ahmed BASTAWY. Managing Director, ICEALEX

Jihen BOUTIBA. Director General, BUSINESSMED

Arkan EL-SEBLANI. Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP Arab States

Hussam HAWWA. Chief Executive Officer, Difaf Sal

Diane PALLEZ. Policy Analyst, Anti-corruption, Middle East and Africa Division, Global Relations Secretariat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

 

Debate

November 30th
11:30 - 13:00
Civil Society Platform - The role of Civil Society in enhancing accountability and transparency and in fighting corruption
Civil Society Platform - <em>The role of Civil Society in enhancing accountability and transparency and in fighting corruption</em>

The Civil Society Platform will explore the role of civil society in monitoring the implementation of reforms and in ensuring better service delivery, accountability and transparency.

Moderation: Jenny GILBERT. Project Manager, EuroMeSCo, Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

 

Setting the Scene:

Carole ALSHARABATI. Founder and Member, Sakker El Dekkene.

 

Testimonials:

Achref AOUADI. Founder and former President, iWatch

Karim BELHAJ AISSA. Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, UNCAC Coalition

Abdelaziz NOUAYDI. Secretary General, Transparency Maroc

Shereen TALAAT. Co-Director MENA, Arab Watch Coalition (AWC)

Lora UJKAJ. Policy Officer, Rule of Law, Governance and Security, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Operations, DG NEAR A2, European Commission

Debate

November 30th
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
Lunch

Videos

Past Conferences

2019

Civil Society and Social Movements in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

2018

Changing Euro-Mediterranean Lenses

2017

Confronting violent extremism in the euro-mediterranean region

Press

Media information

Members of the press are invited to cover EuroMeSCo Annual Conference. Registration for coverage is required. To register, ask for more information or request an interview, please get in contact with the IEMed Press Office (contact below)

Jordi Bertran

Jefe de prensa / Press Officer
jbertran@iemed.org
T +34 932 449 854/0 | Mb +34 647 333 030

Twitter

The Twitter hashtag for the event will be #euromesco2022

Ana López
Events and Dialogue Officer of the EuroMeSco Project
alopez@iemed.org
T +34 932 449 850

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