MAJALAT, a space for meetings and dialogue between Euro-Mediterranean civil society and the European Union, is organizing three national meetings this month, in order to present the results of regional studies developed by MAJLAT on six key themes at the heart of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
Scheduled in Tunis, Rabat and Beirut, the three round tables will focus on issues related to good governance and security, youth, economic and social dialogue, migration and climate justice. The research considers the impact of the Covid-19 health crisis, the renewed partnership between the EU and the Southern Neighbourhood on these issues and the European Commission’s Joint Communication on these issues. .
The first national round table, which will take place in Hammamet, Tunisia, on June 19, will address the challenges of cyber security, good governance and the shrinking space for civil society and human rights’ defenders in the region.
On June 25 will be held the second national round table in Rabat, Morocco, which will look into the major challenges facing migrants on the one hand, and those posed by climate change on the other, including the social impact of global warming and measures for a just transition in the region.
Finally, on June 30, youth dynamics, economic and social dialogue will be examined during a national debate in Beirut, Lebanon. The meeting will discuss the results of Free Trade Agreements at the regional and national levels, and programs dedicated to youth, in particular those capacity building programmes on advocacy and program development and management.
These six research studies deepen the key recommendations presented by civil society organizations under these themes during activities organized by MAJALAT since 2018. Findings will be presented in their regional and national dimensions, in a structured dialogue involving national policy makers, EU representatives and civil society actors in host partner countries.
These meetings constitute the first phase of a restitution process by MAJALAT. They will be complemented by a series of plenary discussions and thematic parallel sessions scheduled in the framework of the Civil Society Forum 2021, which will be organized by MAJALAT online on 7, 8 and 9 July 2021.
Designed by and for civil society, MAJALAT is a participatory and inclusive platform, offering a multidimensional and permanent space for dialogue between the EU and the partners of the Southern Mediterranean neighbourhood. Supported by the European Union, the initiative is implemented by a consortium led by EuroMed Rights and including Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS), REF - Réseau Euromed France, SOLIDAR, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) and Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND).