The EU-Tunisia Privileged Partnership – What Next?

27 April 2018
European Parliament, Brussels

The EU-Tunisia relationship is at a crossroad. The Privileged Partnership Action Plan 2013-2017 came to end and in their joint declaration following the EU-Tunisia Association Council on 11 May 2017, both parties “welcomed the positive momentum that characterises relations between Tunisia and the European Union, and stressed their commitment to reinforcing this partnership further and to opening up new opportunities, duly respecting the principle of a differentiated approach contained in the revised European Neighbourhood Policy”.

Ahead of the May 2018 EU-Tunisia Association Council, a group of 4 Tunisian and 4 European experts presented a Joint Policy Study on the future of the EU-Tunisia partnership. This project, coordinated by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) was undertaken in the framework of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Union. The study is composed of 4 main chapters, each co-drafted by a Tunisian and a European expert.





welcome and introduction

Presentation of the EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study on the future of the Tunisia-EU partnership

Introduction by


Reluctant Pioneers. Towards a New Framework for EU-Tunisia Relations
Youssef Cherif Deputy Director Columbia Global Centers Tunis


Fostering Inclusiveness: A New Roadmap for EU-Tunisia Relations and the Engagement with Civil Society
Silvia Colombo Senior Fellow in the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme & Head of Italy's Foreign Policy Programme IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali
Hamza Meddeb Research Fellow EUI – European University Institute


Towards an EU-Tunisia DCFTA: An Ambitious But Challenging Instrument for Economic Modernisation
Guillaume Van der Loo Researcher CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies
Elyes Ghanmi Director Institut tunisien des élus


Migration and Mobility: The Challenge of Thinking outside the “Crisis Box”

key interventions and comments

Minister Kamel Jendoubi President United Nations Group Eminent Experts on Yemen
Marc Pierini Visiting Scholar Carnegie Europe

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