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20 September 2021 EuroMeSCo kicks off the second edition of the Joint Study Groups

EuroMeSCo closes a series of five successful meetings labelled “Connect and Kick Off Meetings” with the objective of connecting our research agenda to ongoing policy debates and priorities. The Coordinators of each group presented during the meetings their research lines aiming to receive the experts and policymaker’s feedback on the objective, structure, approach and methodology of the research project in order to establish a roadmap for the resulting Policy Study.

This year’s Joint Study Groups are Anticipating and Mitigating Side-Effects: The Road to a Successful Green Transition in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, coordinated by Tiziana della Ragione (INSS); Boosting Social Protection Reforms in the MENA Region, led by Abdalhadi Alijla (Varieties of Democracy Institute, Global Young Academy); Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: A Comparative Perspective on Maghreb Countries Migration Cooperation with their West African Neighbours, under the coordination of Abdeslam Badre (Mohammed V University); Artificial Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Security Agencies in the MENA Region: Risks and Opportunities, coordinated by Kristina Kausch (GMF); Assessing the Job Creation Potential of Social Economy in the MENA Region, led by Phillipe Adair (Montpellier Business School).

Each group is made up of a selection of 4-6 experts from different think tanks and research institutes of the Euro-Mediterranean region that will jointly produce a Policy Study expected to be released in the first quarter of 2022.

Over 50 policymakers and practitioners – mainly from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and EU delegations – but also from other organisations, such as the Union for the Mediterranean, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) or the IOM -Migration amongst other -, participated in these meetings and provided valuable insights to the Coordinators of the EuroMeSCo Joint Study Groups. Nearly 20 experts from different think tanks and research institutes also joined the discussion and added their contributions to these meetings.

Learn more about the Joint Study Groups 2021.