El-Hiwar II - Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Relations

This project is funded by the European Union



The project

Euro-Arab relations date back to 1973 when the first bi-regional dialogue was launched. Despite some ups and downs, since 2008, there is a shared willingness to revitalize those relations, especially by:

  • understanding each other's priorities;
  • exploring synergies with other regional frameworks, and;
  • anticipating and mitigating the effects of regional crises.

Following the first Ministerial meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) and of the League of Arab States (LAS) held in Malta in 2008, the EU and the LAS made efforts in strengthening and structuring their relations by establishing a framework of regular High Level and Senior Official Meetings, with the purpose of contributing to regional security, prosperity and democracy in full respect of international law, the United Nations (UN) Charter and the relevant UN resolutions.

The first edition of the project "Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Relations” (El Hiwar I) started in 2013 and was completed in June 2017. The overall objective of El Hiwar I was to "improve the flow of information and to promote dialogue among officials working in the EU institutions and in the Arab League Secretariat".

The second edition of the project “Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Relations” (El Hiwar II) started in June 2018 and aims at strengthening dialogue, cooperation and collaboration with key regional actors in Euro-Arab relations.

In the midst of the implementation of this second phase, the first ever European Union - League of Arab States Summit took place on 24-25 February 2019 in Sharm El-Sheikh, bringing together heads of state and government of the members of League of Arab States and the EU. The Summit renewed their commitment to create new opportunities through a collaborative approach, by placing people, in particular women and youth, at the heart of joint work. Leaders recognised the important role played by civil society. Both sides also agreed to strengthen economic cooperation and committed to develop a concrete agenda especially in the fields of trade, energy, science, research, technology, tourism, agriculture and other mutually beneficial areas.

El-Hiwar is implemented by the College of Europe (Bruges) and is funded by the EU.


  • Launching event
  • Institutional training courses on EU/LAS functioning and priorities
  • Policy dialogues
  • Sectorial training courses
  • Working sessions
  • Sponsorship
  • Summer Schools on Euro-Arab relations
  • Closing event


Briefs - El-Hiwar Summer School on Euro-Arab Relations

In the framework of the first El-Hiwar Summer School on Euro-Arab Relations, which took place from 15 to 19 July 2019, participants were encouraged to and trained in the drafting of briefs on a topic of relevance for the future of Euro-Arab relations. The series is published below!


Partners & Stakeholders

The European Union, in particular the European Commission - DG NEAR and the EEAS
The League of Arab States, in particular the General Secretariat and the thematic departments at the LAS Secretariat
ECLASLO, the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office
The Member States of the European Union and the League of Arab States
Civil Society Organisations willing to take part and contribute to the EU-LAS technical debate

Follow us on social media!

  • Follow the hashtag #elhiwar on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram to keep updated!
  • Join our Facebook Page! This page will allow the Euro-Arab community to keep growing and stay in contact.
  • If you have participated in any of the project activities, do not hesitate to ask to join the El-Hiwar Facebook group by contacting us at elhiwarii@coleurope.eu. This group has been put at the service of participants, trainers and organizers who took part in project activities not only during this phase but also in the previous one, from 2013 to 2017, under El-Hiwar I.

Meet the team

Eduard Soler | Team Leader

Claire Lawrence | Project Coordinator

Stefanie Maertens | Event Organiser

Contact us!

Do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiry or to explore synergies between your project and
El-Hiwar II: elhiwarii@coleurope.eu