What Prospects for the 5+5 Dialogue in a Mediterranean in Transformation? Adapting Together to the Post-COVID-19 Realities

13 October 2021- 14 October 2021. From 12:00  To 13:30 | Conference | English | Madrid
slideshow image REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Since its inception in May 2016, the MedThink 5+5 network of think tanks of the Western Mediterranean has organised four annual fora, during which experts from the whole of the region were able to analyse the factors underpinning security and stability, as well as economic, human and sustainable development in the Western Mediterranean. The last forum was held in Malta on 1-2 July 2019 under the title: “Fostering Innovative Alliances in the Western Mediterranean: A Basin of Opportunities for a Sustainable Future”.

The MedThink 5+5 also organises thematic seminars on specific topics, the lasts of which focused on issues such as health cooperation, the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, and women’s economic participation in the Western Mediterranean. These thematic seminars provide a multidisciplinary platform of debate, contributing both to strengthening the network and to the regional integration based on a bottom-up approach.
In the context of the 2021 Spanish co-presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue and drawing on the Tunis Declaration adopted at the 16th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue on 22 October 2020, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) are jointly organising the 5th annual forum of the MedThink 5+5 network in partnership with Casa Árabe in Madrid, Spain.

The forum entitled “What prospects for the 5+5 Dialogue in a Mediterranean in transformation?” tackles three important transformations likely to impact the future of the Western Mediterranean: 1) the transformation of the production model; 2) the digital transition; 3) the sustainability transition. While these challenges have been gradually gaining a foothold in the region, their relevance has been considerably reaffirmed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Indeed, the pandemic has revealed the scope of the shortcomings of our socioeconomic systems, highlighting in turn the need to move towards shorter and integrated supply chains, a digital economy, and a sustainable development, to improve the resilience in the face of future crises. Within each of these three transformations, the event outlines avenues for reflection on opportunities for sectoral cooperation in the framework of the 5+5 Dialogue, echoing the Commitments for a new ambition in the Mediterranean of the Summit of the Two Shores in June 2019 in Marseille, as well as the priorities reflected in the “New Agenda for the Mediterranean” released by the EU High Representative and the European Commission in February 2021.

Jointly organised by



Senén Florensa

President of the Executive Committee IEMed

Roger Albinyana

Director of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development IEMed

Ángeles Moreno Bau

State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs Government of Spain

Taïeb Baccouche

Secretary General Arab Maghreb Union

Nasser Kamel

Secretary General Union for the Mediterranean

Cristina Juarranz

Management assistant and programming coordinator Casa Árabe

Daniel Schlosser

Advisor to the Inter-ministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Government of France

Ana Helena Marques

Director of Middle East and Maghreb Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Portugal

Nor-Eddine Benfreha

Director of Cooperation with the EU and European Institutions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Algeria

Fatma Omrani Chargui

Ambassador of Tunisia to Spain Government of Tunisia

Mohammed Loulichki

Senior Fellow Policy Center for the New South

John O’Rourke

Ambassador European External Action Service

Blanca Moreno-Dodson

Director Center for Mediterranean Integration, United Nations Office for Project Services

Jihen Boutiba

Secretary General Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises

Ghazi Ben Ahmed

Founder and President Mediterranean Development Initiative

Emmanuel Noutary

General Delegate ANIMA Investment Network

Olivia Orozco de la Torre

Coordinator of Education and Economics Casa Árabe

Davide Tentori

Research Fellow Centre on Business Scenarios, Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Alain Meyssonnier

President Institut méditerranéen de l’Eau

Ramiro Martínez Costa

General Coordinator Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations

Maroua Oueslati

Information and Project Manager EMWIS

Francisco Pedrero Salcedo

Senior Researcher CEBAS-CSIC

Borhene Dhaouadi

President Tunisian Smart Cities

Aawatif Hayar

President Hassan II University of Casablanca

Oriol Barba

Director MedCities

Victoria Jiménez

Head of Sector for Urban Development UfM

Isidro González

Deputy Secretary General UfM

Javier Puig

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Government of Spain

Octavi Quintana

Director of the Secretariat PRIMA Foundation

Carmen Magariños

Director of Cooperation with Africa and Asia AECID

Fernando Herrero

Director General for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Madrid City Council


slideshow image Opening of the V MedThink Forum 5+5
slideshow image Keynote speech by Ángeles Moreno Bau, State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs (Government of Spain)
slideshow image Welcoming words by Senén Florensa, Executive President of the IEMed
slideshow image Keynote speech by Nasser Kamel, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
slideshow image Family picture
slideshow image Roundtable “The 5+5 Dialogue in the post-COVID-19 context: Ways forward to sustain and bolster the cooperation in the Western Mediterranean”
slideshow image Roundtable "Enhancing Regional Value Chains in the Western Mediterranean"
slideshow image Roundtable "Ensuring Water Security for a Sustainable Future"