Hundreds of experts set to discuss and shape the New Agenda for the Mediterranean

12 April 2021 | Press release

EuroMeSCo, the main Euro-Mediterranean network of think tanks coordinated by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), will hold its Annual Conference via zoom on April 15, 10.30 CET. A few weeks after the European Commission and the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy released their Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern neirhbourhood, this Conference will offer a platform to foster an inclusive debate on how to set in motion the New Agenda for the Mediterranean.

Labelled as “Setting the New Agenda for the Mediterranean in Motion – Shaping Post-Covid Euromed Relations”, this year’s EuroMeSCo Annual Conference will be held online due to the circumstances. This edition will be divided into different tracks, starting with the major event being held on April 15th. A European Commission high official will present the Communication, after which several sessions will unfold in relation with the main issues addressed in the Communication (Human development and good governance; Resilience, prosperity and digital transition; Peace and security; Migration and mobility; Green transition). The debates will be structured around short interventions from experts coming from the whole region.

This event will kick-off a series of country events to be heldin a few Southern neighbourhood countries. They will offer a platform for further discussions on relevant issues of the Communication, and involve mixed groups of representatives from think tanks, academic institutions, civil society organisations, and business community representatives as well as EU officials. 

A few months after the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona declaration, a few weeks after the release of the EU Joint Communication on the Renewed Partnership and amid discussions on the EU assistance programming under the 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework, this Conference will offer a unique platform for debate, in line with the mandate of EuroMeSCo to promote inclusive and evidence-based policy making and to foster Euro-Mediterranean relations.