8 - 9 October 2015 Reviewing the Euro-Mediterranean Relations
  • 8 - 9 October 2015
  • Milan

The EuroMeSCo network held its Annual Conference on 8-9 October 2015 in Milan. The event gathered over 100 participants from 27 Euro-Mediterranean countries, including policy-makers and experts from 75 research institutes on politics and security in the Mediterranean.

The conference analysed the relations between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean partner countries in the changing geopolitical order. It examined the dynamics that have been determining success and failure over the past 20 years of Euro-Mediterranean relations and reflected on the future and challenges lying ahead, including internal and transnational conflicts, terrorism, migration, refugees crisis and economic and social issues.


day one

Opening Session

Giancarlo Aragona President, ISPI
Paolo Gentiloni Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Plenary Session

Objectives and Challenges behind the Process of Reviewing the Euro- Mediterranean Relations
chair Christian Berger Director for North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq, European External Action Service
Miguel Angel Moratinos former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, former EU Special Representative for Middle East Peace Process
Michael Koehler Director Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR, European Commission
Youssef Amrani former SG of the Union for the Mediterranean, Special Adviser to the Royal Cabinet
Nicolas Galey Ambassador, Inter-Ministerial delegate to the Mediterranean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France
Kristina Kausch Head of the Middle East Programme, FRIDE

day two

Plenary Session

20 Years of Euro-Mediterranean Relations. What Went Wrong?
chair Stefan Füle Former European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
Barah Mikail Senior Researcher, FRIDE
Mohamed ElAgati Executive Director, Arab Forum for Alternatives
Marc Pierini Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
Gabriel Busquets Ambassador, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Richard Youngs Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Programme, Carnegie Europe

Special Session

Official Launch of the New EuroMeSCo ENI Project
Michael Koehler Director Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR, European Commission Senén Florensa, Executive President, IEMed and President of EuroMeSCo Steering Committee

Working Session 1

Political and Security Dimension of Euro-Mediterranean Relations
chair Denis Bauchard former Ambassador, Adviser on the Middle East IFRI
Silvia Colombo Senior Fellow in the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme & Head of Italy's Foreign Policy Programme IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali
Paolo Maggiolini Research Fellow ISPI
Andrea Frontini Policy Analyst EPC
Tania Marocchi Programme Executive EPC
Claire Spencer Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme and Second Century Initiative Chatham House

Working Session 2

Socio-Economic Dimension of Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation

Working Session 3

Social, Human and Cultural Aspects of Euro-Mediterranean Relations
chair Marc Otte Senior Fellow, Ambassador, Special Envoy for Syria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belgium EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations
Ahmed Driss Director CEMI
Eduard Soler Senior Researcher, Scientific Coordinator of the MENARA Project (2016-2019) CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

Plenary Session

What Future for the Euro-Mediterranean Relations?
Armando Sanguini Scientific Advisor, ISPI
Erwan Lannon Professor, Ghent University
Annette Jünemann Professor, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg
Enrico Granara Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator for Multilateral Affairs in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Anas El Gomati Director General, Sadeq Institute

Closing Plenary Session

Fathallah Sijiilmassi Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
Paolo Magri Director, ISPI