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

This project is funded by the European Union



The project

2018 marked 45 years of EU-LAS relations. Since 2008 there is a shared willingness to revitalize these 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 Charter and the relevant UN resolutions.

In continuity with El-Hiwar I (2013-2017), the overall objective of phase II (2018-2021, now extended until May 2022) is to strengthen dialogue, co-operation and collaboration with key regional actors in Euro-Arab relations.



  • Launching event
  • Institutional Training Courses on EU/LAS functioning and priorities
  • Policy dialogues
  • Sectoral training courses
  • Briefing sessions and working breakfasts
  • Sponsorship
  • Summer Schools on Euro Arab relations
  • Closing event


What's next?




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

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  • 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.

Contact us!

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

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