EU-funded project El-Hiwar II - Euro-Arab Institutional Training Workshop on Regional Integration

In the framework of the EU-funded project El-Hiwar II, the College of Europe Executive Education, Training & Projects Office organised from 31 January to 3 February 2022 an online Institutional Training Workshop on Regional Integration.

The Arab League is the oldest functioning regional organisation in the world and the European Union (EU) is the most advanced form of regional integration. Both the EU and the League of Arab States are committed to bolstering multilateralism and have been engaged in a bi-regional dialogue since 1973. What can these organizations learn from each other in the way they have been able to overcome past difficulties? Can they draw lessons from other regional initiatives or even explore triangular cooperation? These were some of the questions covered by the training.

By exchanging openly on the main challenges regionalism is facing in a more competitive international system, the event aimed to shed light on bi-regional dialogue, lessons learnt from other regional initiatives around the world and internal differences faced by regional blocks.

This training gathered over 20 stakeholders: staff from the EU (DG NEAR, EEAS, EU Delegations),  from the League of Arab States (LAS Secretariat, LAS Mission in Brussels) and from ECLASLO (the European Commission – League of Arab States Liaison Office). Experts and researchers led the training modules.

El-Hiwar II: Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Diplomacy, is a project funded by European Commission DG NEAR and implemented by the College of Europe. It is conceived as a dialogue tool for the EU and the LAS to support strengthened work relations and to learn about each other's functioning, mechanisms and policies.

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This project is funded by the European Union