EU-funded project El-Hiwar II – Policy dialogue on Euro-Arab Economic Relations after the Pandemic

In the framework of the EU-funded project El-Hiwar II, the College of Europe Executive Education, Training & Projects Office organised on 28 and 29 September 2021 an online policy dialogue on Euro-Arab economic relations.

It gathered over 50 stakeholders: EU and LAS staff, researchers, business communities, representatives of regional and international organisations as well as civil society organisations.

COVID-19 has been a major health shock but also an economic one for both Europe and the Arab region. This policy dialogue aimed at contrasting the debates and priorities in the Arab region with those in the EU in order to study the extent to which the post-pandemic economic recovery strategies could be an opportunity to rethink Euro-Arab economic relations.

The event combined plenary sessions as well as three parallel thematic sessions on:

  1. Infrastructure, transport and supply chains: opportunities to increase connection between the two regions and increase intra and inter-regional trade?
  2. Adapting to global changes: is digitalisation the answer?
  3. A socially and environmentally responsible recovery: how to promote inclusiveness, food security and incorporate environmental concerns?

Following the roundtable discussions, participants collectively reflected on and incubated ideas for enhanced economic dialogue and cooperation at Euro-Arab level. 

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