Public Debate: The future of EU-MENA trade relations post-COVID-19

8 July 2021
Online Event
This Webinar will discuss the future of the EU’s trade relations with the MENA region in the post- Covid-19 global economy.

During this event, the key findings of the EuroMeSCo Policy Study on “Post-COVID-19 EU-Southern Neighbourhood Trade Relations” will be presented and discussed. This study reviews the existing network of EU-MENA bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and explores the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the intra- and inter-regional trade in goods and services.

Moreover, this event will discuss the recent trade-related proposals from the European Commission towards the MENA region. This includes, for example, the “Economic and Investment Plan (EIP) for the Southern neighbours” and the proposals put forward in the recent Trade Policy Review, such as the deepening and widening of the existing EU-MENA FTAs through the conclusion of ‘Deep and Comprehensive’ FTAs or Sustainable Investment Facilitation Agreements.

The research which will be presented in this webinar is the result of the EuroMeSCo Policy on “Post-COVID-19 EU-Southern Neighbourhood Trade Relations” carried out in the framework of the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project, co-funded by the EU and the IEMed. The project contributes to inclusive and evidence-based policymaking by fostering research and recommendations in relation with the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) South priorities, with focus on economic development, migration, and security. The project aims to connect the dots among diverse stakeholders as well as among the EU, its Southern Neighbours, and the wider region. It develops a wide range of research, dialogue, and dissemination activities.

The working language will be English.

The event is co-organised by the EGMONT Institute.



Guillaume Van der Loo


Katarzyna Sidło Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research
Jan Vandenberghe Head of Trade Section EU Delegation to Morocco
Blanca Moreno-Dodson World Bank and Manager Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and the World Bank
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