Southern Neighbourhood
European countries
Economic development and social dialogue

Wednesday 31st March – 13.00 CEST


Sergio Bassoli, Vice-President, SOLIDAR

EU speakers:

Henrike Trautmann, Acting Director Neighborhood South B, DG NEAR
Carl Hallergard, Director, Deputy Managing Director Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service

Civil Society speakers:

Vincent Forest, Advocacy Director, EuroMed Rights
Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)
Sophie Duval, Advocacy Officer, Coordination Sud
Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)

Proposed agenda of the webinar

- Presentation of the Joint communication by Henrike Trautmann and Carl Hallergard (15min)

- Analysis of the joint communication by civil society:

How can civil society contribute to define partnership priorities? Ziad Abdel Samad (5 min)
What are the roles and possible inputs of civil society in the implementation of the Communication? Vincent Forest (10 min)
- Theme 1: How do CSOs intend to contribute in further enhancing human rights and rule of law as well as further empowerment of youth and civil society in the Southern Neighbourhood? Presentation by CSO representative (Ziad Abdel Samad – 10 min) and exchange of views with EU speakers (5 min)

- Theme 2: How does civil society see its role and contribution to the implementation of the new Communication: concrete suggestions? Presentation by CSO representative (Mustapha Tlili – 10 min) and exchange of views with EU speakers (5 min)

- Questions from the audience (30 min)

- Conclusions from the civil society (Sophie Duval – 15 min)