AGENDA12 July 09.00 – 09.30 Registration 09.30 – 10.10 Opening Session Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center Senén Florensa, Chair of EuroMeSCo General Assembly Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner, Ambassador of Spain to Morocco Claudia Wiedey, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Morocco 10.10 – 10.30 Keynote speech by Nasser Kamel, Designated Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break 11.00 – 13.00 The State of Europe and Its Impact on Euro-Mediterranean Relations In Euro-Mediterranean fora, the focus is most often on the state of the South and Southeast part of the Mediterranean and the impact of its political, economic and security situation on the European Union. Conversely, a number of recent developments in Europe also affect the situation in the Southern shore, the EU’s capacity of projection in the Mediterranean and ultimately the Euro-Mediterranean relations. Chair Mohamed Loulichki,Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center Speakers Katarzyna Pelczyńska-Nałęcz, Director, ideaForum – a think tank of the Stefan Batory Foundation Ibrahim ElBadawi, President, FEMISE Iliana Olivié, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute Gilles Bertrand, Policy Adviser, Managing Directorate for Middle East and North Africa, EEAS Debate with participants 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch 14.00 – 15.30 Presentation of results of the EuroMeSCo research groups Working Package: Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa Region Chair Salam Kawakibi, Associate Research Fellow, ARI – Arab Reform Initiative; Director, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Paris Main authors Paolo Maggiolini, Associate Research Fellow, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies Saïd Bennis, Professor, CERSS – Centre d’études et de recherches en sciences sociales . Comments by Lurdes Vidal, Director of the Arab and Mediterranean World Department, IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean Working Package: The Eastern Mediterranean: New Dynamics and Potential for Cooperation Chair Nimrod Goren, Head of Institute, Mitvim Main authors Panayotis Tsakonas, Professor, ELIAMEP – Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy Ehud Eiran, Researcher, Mitvim Muriel Asseburg, Senior Fellow, SWP – German Institute for International and Security Affairs . Comments by Valeria Talbot, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI’s Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies Working Package: The Future of the EU-Tunisia Partnership Chair Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria, Head of Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean Main authors Tasnim Abderrahim, Junior Policy Officer, ECDPM –European Centre for Development Policy Management Silvia Colombo, Senior Researcher, IAI – Istituto di Affari Internazionali Guillaume Van der Loo, Researcher, CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies 15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break 16.00 – 18.00 Plugged-in sessions: Discussing latest developments in the region 13 July 09.00 – 11.00 How Southern Mediterranean Countries Engage with the EU and the Euro- Mediterranean? Too often are Euro-Mediterranean policies understood as policies of the European Union or its member states towards the Southern Mediterranean. Euro-Mediterranean analysts tend to focus therefore primarily on European policies, strategies and initiatives. The idea of this session is to look into bilateral and regional policies of Southern Mediterranean countries with the underlying question of whether the European Union and the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation are priorities. Chair Anis Nacrour, former Head of EU Delegation to Syria A view from Ehab Fawzy, Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs and International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt Omar Amghar, Director of the Department of Morocco-EU Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nabil Ammar, Director General Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia Comments by Marc Otte, Senior Associate Fellow, EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break Working Session 1: Is Europe Exporting Instability to the Southern Mediterranean? The unstable political and security situation in the Southern Mediterranean is very often said to be triggered or worsened by external factors and actors. The session will explore whether and to what extent the EU and its Member States contribute to aggravate the developments in the region. Chair Mohamed Masbah, Associate Fellow, Chatham House Paper Presenters · Addressing Violent Extremism in the Euro Mediterranean Region: Towards a Truly Euro Mediterranean Approach? By Moussa Bourekba, Researcher, CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs · The Impact of Externalization, Securitization and Migrant Deals: Can EU Still be Able to Spread Norms and Values? By Cigdem Ustun, Associate Professor, CES – METU – Center for European Studies – Middle East Technical University · The Impact of External Players on Tunisia’s Security Sector: How German Security Involvement Puts Tunisia’s Democratisation at Risk. By Jana Treffler, Intern, FES – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (on behalf of Anna Stahl, Project Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Tunisia) Discussants Roderick Parkes, Senior Analyst, EUISS – European Union Institute for Security Studies Debate with participants Working Session 2: Is Europe a Priority for Southern Mediterranean Partners? Middle East and North Africa countries are developing and strengthening their partnerships with major international powers. The session will explore where the EU stands in this new correlation and analyse how the regional governments deal with European matters, what are the priorities for cooperation with the EU and its Member States, and whether and to what extent their overlap with societies ́ expectations. Chair Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Italy Paper Presenters · The Role of Democracy in the Revival of Euro-Mediterranean Relations. By Amr El Shobaki, Senior Researcher, ACPSS – Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies · The New-Old Elites and Their Responsiveness to EU Policies – The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia. By Cengiz Gunay, Vice Director, OIIP – Austrian Institute for International Affairs & Sherin Gharib, Affiliated Researcher, OIIP – Austrian Institute for International Affairs · Power Transition, Rational Choice and Role Conflict: Explaining the Trajectories of the Maghreb countries’ EU Policies since 2011. By Irene Fernandez-Molina, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Exeter Discussants Rabha Allam, Senior Researcher, ACPSS – Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Ahmed Driss, Director, CEMI – Centre des études méditerranéennes et internationales Debate with participants Working Session 3: Revitalizing Euro-Mediterranean Relations With growing number of common threats and challenges, the importance of strengthening Euro-Mediterranean relations and cooperation is even more critical. The session will take stock of various initiatives and frameworks for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, with a particular focus on the Union for the Mediterranean, and issue proposals on how to overcome obstacles and spoilers in Euro-Mediterranean relations. Chair Munevver Cebeci, Associate Professor, European Union Institute, Marmara University, Istanbul; Visiting Professor, College of Europe-Natolin Paper Presenters · One Size Fits All? Towards Dilution of Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Neighbourhood Policy into a Wider Europe-Africa Cooperation Framework? By Larabi Jaidi, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center & Iván Martín, Professor, Universidad Pompeu Fabra · A Tale of Two Agreements: EU Migration Cooperation With Morocco and Tunisia. By Tasnim Abderrahim, Junior Policy Officer, ECMPD – The European Centre for Development Policy Management · The Paris Summit, Ten Years On; Towards a Ufemisation of Euro-Mediterranean Relations? By Miguel Medina, Professor, CEI International Affairs Discussants Nadine Abdalla, Research Associate, AFA- Arab Forum for Alternatives Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués, Associate Professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals; CIS Fellow at the London School of Economics Giancarlo Sestini, Board Member, Diplomatia Debate with participants 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 – 16.30 Kick-off meetings of the new set of EuroMeSCo research groups Working Package: The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa. Strategy or Opportunism? Chair Valeria Talbot, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI’s Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies Main authors Youssef Cherif, Deputy Director, Columbia Global Centers Tunis Mira Milosevich, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute Ziad Akl, Senior Researcher, ACPSS – Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Christopher Hartwell, Fellow, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research Comments by Marc Franco, Senior Associate Fellow, EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations Debate with participants Working Package: Les effets des changements climatiques au Sahel sur la sécurité humaine et globale dans le bassin méditerranéen Chair Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center Main authors Bouchra Rahmouni Benhida, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center Amira Halim, Expert in the African program, ACPSS – Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Niklas Bremberg, Research Fellow, UI – Swedish Institute of International Affairs Patricia Lisa, Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute Comments by Xira Ruiz-Campillo, Professor, UNISCI – Research Unit on Security and Cooperation, Complutense University of Madrid Debate with participants Working Package: Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool Chair Patrycja Sasnal, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, PISM – The Polish Institute of International Affairs Main authors Yasemine El Menouar, Associate Fellow, DGAP – German Council on Foreign Relations Sergio Altuna, Associate Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute Debate with participants 16.30 – 17.00 Keynote speech by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco* 17.00 – 17.30 Closing Session Final remarks Fathallah Sijilmassi, Former Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean Senén Florensa, Chair of EuroMeSCo General Assembly Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center *Participants to be confirmed.