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14 April 2021 Towards a renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood

The conjunction of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, the new challenges arising from the pandemic and the new EU financial framework for 2021-2027 created a momentum for looking into new opportunities for the relations between the EU and its southern neighbours. In this context, the European Union released the Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood. Eager to involve large constituencies and to contribute to this reflection, the European Institute of the Mediterranean launched, as part of the project “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots”, a consultation in the form of a questionnaire targeting respondents from both the European Union and Southern neighbourhood countries, including experts, civil society representatives and policy-makers.

The survey’s questionnaire was organised into five thematic blocks including 23 questions on main aspects that were expected to feature in the renewed partnership with the southern neighbourhood which cover various issues of strategic importance. Experts and researchers have carefully processed and analysed the answers of the nearly 800 respondents of the EuroMeSCo Euromed Survey.

These are the main results of the Survey:

  1. Grasping the Scope of Expectations for the Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood
  2. Human Development, Governance and Migration
  3. Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Economies
  4. Environment, Energy and Climate Change Resilience
  5. Peace and Security Cooperation

The report will materialize soon in a publication gathering all results allowing to match those with the content of the Joint Communication. The complete report will also comprise in-depth analyses written by experts and policy-makers to offer keys to better understand some of the main issues at stake. In addition to it, the report will also include annexes that will set out the results in a comprehensive and visual manner.

Written by: ARAGALL, Xavier; BELAÏD, Justine Leïla; GUIDONI, Ilaria; MELKONIAN, Karina.