5 - 6 March 2024


The challenge of balancing energy security and climate change has become increasingly acute in recent years. As the demand for energy continues to increase, and amid geopolitical changes, countries face a growing need to secure their energy supplies. However, this must be done in a way that does not compromise efforts to address the global threat of climate change, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels, the main source of global energy. Policymakers are faced with the difficult task of finding ways to transition to low-carbon energy systems and increase energy efficiency, while also ensuring that energy security is not compromised. The shift towards renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, is still in its early stages and requires significant investment in infrastructure and technology, making the transition away from fossil fuels costly and challenging.

This dilemma between climate change and energy security is a complex issue with significant implications for the global community, including the EU, and the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood countries. These actors face similar challenges; bilateral cooperation could potentially be a key solution to promote sustainable and resilient energy systems. By working together, they can pool their resources and expertise to advance the transition to low-carbon energy systems and promote energy security. However, this bilateral cooperation also faces challenges, such as the lack of coordination and coherence among the different actors involved. Each region has its own priorities and interests that can hinder cooperation on climate change and energy transition. Therefore, there is a need for a shared vision and common goals that can guide cooperation and ensure that all parties benefit from the outcomes.

Against this backdrop, this VII Euromed Young Researchers Forum aims to foster a dialogue among young researchers, policymakers, and experts on the complex issues related to climate action and energy security. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on the outcomes of COP28 and the implications for the EU and countries in the MENA region to identify areas where further action and collaboration are needed, while it will also enable young researchers to showcase and exchange their innovative research solutions and initiatives on the dilemma between climate action and energy security, in view of inspiring and mobilising further action by governments, civil society, and the private sector and to foster a common agenda for the EU and the countries in the MENA region.

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DAY 1 - 5 MARCH 2024

09:00-09:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Lilia Rizk Head of the Emerging Leaders Program Policy Center for the New South – PCNS
Jenny Gilbert Programme Manager of EuroMeSCo IEMed

09:15-11:00 Working session 1 – Exploring Climate Change and Energy Security Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

This session will encompass a comprehensive exploration of five research proposals focusing on key issues in the Mediterranean and Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. The studies include examining how the EU can bolster resilience in the MENA region in response to the European Green Deal (EGD); learning from the shortcomings of the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) to provide effective policy recommendations for the implementation of the Mediterranean Hydrogen Partnership (MHP); addressing energy security challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean; evaluating the feasibility of green bonds in Jordan as a tool for energy security, and analysing the reciprocal impacts between climate change and energy security in the broader Mediterranean region
Chair: Abdullatif Sleibi Senior Data Analyst & Project Officer PAX for Peace
Adrià Rivera Escartín Postdoctoral Researcher Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals – IBEI
Ignacio Urbasos Arbeloa Research Assistant Elcano Royal Institute
Natália Tkáčová Project Coordinator Prague Security Studies Institute – PSSI
Samer Fakhoury Researcher in the Sustainable Development Pillar West Asia North Africa Institute – WANA Institute
Zineb Znagui Doctor of Philosophy in Economics Hassan 1st University
Discussant: Sabrine Emran Economist Policy Center for the New South – PCNS

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 Working session 2 – Shaping the Future of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Partnership

This session will explore the implications of the post-COP28 global energy transition, and it will analyse the feasibility and benefits of Egyptian-European renewable energy cooperation. It will also provide recommendations for the future European Commission to shape a shared and clean Euro-Mediterranean energy space, as well as to improve Green Hydrogen communication strategies. Finally, it will also delve into the evolution of the EU's climate policy in the Mediterranean and explore prospects of the EU’s energy security and the implications for its relations with its Mediterranean partners.
Chair: Malek Lakhal Research Fellow Arab Reform Initiative – ARI
Filomena Annunziata Policy Advisor – Mediterranean Programme ECCO Think Tank – ECCO
Lorena Stella Martini Policy Advisor – Foreign Policy Programme ECCO Think Tank – ECCO
Nazih Toubal PhD Candidate Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB
Discussant: Afaf Zarkik Senior Economist Policy Center for the New South – PCNS

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 EuroMeSCo Workout: Parallel Session 1

Foresights for Policy in the Context of Climate Change and Energy security in the Euro-Med Region
Abdeslam Badre Associate Professor & Specialist in Strategic Foresights for Migration & Youth Development

14:00-16:00 EuroMeSCo Workout: Parallel Session 2

Effective Fieldwork in the MENA region

17:00-21:00 Social Programme

DAY 2 - 6 MARCH 2024

9:30-10:00 Welcome Coffee

10:00-12:00 Practitioners Session

In this session, participants will engage with experts and policymakers to explore solutions for the complex intersection of regional climate action and energy security. This session will feature policy makers, senior researchers, and relevant stakeholders in the field of climate action and energy security. Through discussions and Q&A, attendees will gain insights into navigating the challenges of transitioning to low-carbon energy systems while ensuring security. The session aims to inspire collaborative strategies for governments, civil society, and the private sector to address the global climate-energy dilemma.
Chair: Sabrine Emran Economist Policy Center for the New South – PCNS
Mounia Boucetta Senior Fellow & Former Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco Policy Center for the New South – PCNS

12:00-13:00 Lunch & Farewell

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