Week of Advocacy on Policies and Issues of Cooperation and Partnership Between the European Union and Arab countries

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Soure: ANND

Keywords: Advocacy, Arab word, UE



4th to 8th November 2013/ Brussels- Belgium

The Arab NGO Network for Development, in cooperation with Eurostep, CNCD- 11.11.11 and Bankwatch will be organizing a delegation of human rights and development civil society organizations from around 8 Arab countries to visit the European institutions in Brussels, between 4th and 8th of November 2013.The visit seeks to deepen dialogue and exchange with European policy makers at the Parliament and Commission around policy reforms pertinent to the future of the relations between the European Union and the Arab countries. The visit aims as well at strengthening dialogue and widening opportunities of cooperation with European civil society organizations on issues of concern.

The delegation perceives that the changes witnessed in the Arab region necessitate a re-thinking of priorities and policy approaches in the cooperation and partnerships with the European Union, on various fronts whether political, economic, social, and cultural. Accordingly, EU is expected to play a clear and effective role in enhancing policy coherence in EU-Arab relations and ensure that the policies serve democracy, peace and social and economic justice, as well as addresses the aspirations of the people in the Arab region.

We invite you to consider participation in various spaces to be organized on Wednesday and Thursday, November 6th and 7th , including:

• All Day Open Forum entitled “The business as usual approach in a dramatically changing context” which will include: panels on changing political, economic, social context in the Arab region and the role of EU in the democratic transition and EU Trade and development policies toward the Arab region and discussion among civil society groups on mechanisms of engagement of the EU with civil society.

• The public session at the European Parliament during the Political Committee meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean which will host the Delegation during a Debate session entitled “Where does democratic transition stand? Views from the civil society” We hope that this announcement would be of interest to you and we look forward to your valuable engagement and contribution to discussions.

For further information or for confirming participation, please contact:

Arab NGO Network for Development;

Bihter Moschini at bihter.moschini@annd.org

Zahra Bazzi at zahra.bazzi@annd.org

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