Closing Event EuroMeSCo Annual Conference – Brussels

30 November 2022
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

The Annual Conference Closing Event will take place in Brussels on 30 November. The event is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

The Closing Event will serve as a wrap-up for the four previous Country Events of the Annual Conference, which took place in Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt under the umbrella of the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2022 “Towards more Social Justice and Inclusiveness in the Mediterranean”.



09h00 – 09h20 Opening Session and Welcome Remarks

Dimitris Dimitriadis President of the External Relations Section European Economic and Social Committee – EESC
Katarina Ivanković Knežević Director, Social Rights and Inclusion, Directorate-General fo Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG EMPL, European Commission

09h35–11h00 Plenary Session - Social justice and inclusiveness in the Mediterranean

Moderator: Roger Albinyana Managing Director European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed

Policy perspectives from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Union for the Mediterranean:
Abdelkader El Khissassi Deputy Secretary General of Economic Development and Employment Union for the Mediterranean
Ingrid Schwaiger Deputy Head of Unit, Regional Cooperation Neighbourhood South Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, DG NEAR B2, European Commission
Beatriz Salvador Garcia Deputy Head of Division, Regional Affairs Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service


11h00-12h20 Coffee Break

11h20 – 13h00 Multistakeholder Dialogue Platforms (Parallel sessions) Combatting Corruption and Fostering Accountability

Parallel Session 1: Business Platform – Combatting Corruption in the private sector and boosting business integrity

Moderator: Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed

Setting the scene
Alain Bifani Founding President Lebanese Citizen Foundation
Aymen Belgacem Economist International Monetary Fund

Ahmed Bastawy Managing Director ICEALEX
Jihen Boutiba Director General BUSINESSMED
Hussam Hawwa Chief Executive Officer Difaf SAL
Diane Pallez Policy Analyst, Anti-Corruption Middle East and Africa Division, Global Relations Secretariat, OECD


Parallel Session 2: Civil Society Platform – The role of Civil Society in enhancing accountability and transparency and in fighting corruption

Moderator: Jenny Gilbert EuroMeSCo Programme Manager European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed

Setting the scene
Carole Alsharabati Founder and Member Sakker El Sekkene

Achref Aoudi Founder and former President iWatch
Abdelaziz Nouaydi Secretary General Transparency Maroc
Shereen Talaat Co-Director MENA Arab Watch Coalition
Lora Ujkaj Policy Officer, Rule of Law, Governance and Security Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, DG NEAR A2, European Commission


13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

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