Thursday, 13 September 2012

Enhancing Policy Coherence within the European-Arab Relations

The Arab NGO Network for Development, in cooperation with EuroStep and CNCD- 11.11.11, will be organizing a delegation of human rights and development civil society organizations from around 10 Arab countries to visit the European institutions in Brussels, between 17th and 21st of September 2012.

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. One of the main challenges to be addressed is seeking coherence among the various levels of cooperation between the EU and Arab countries, specifically among development cooperation and the economic partnership, including the trade and investment relations.

We invite you to consider participation in various spaces to be organized on September 18th and 19th 2012 in Brussels, including:

• All Day Open Forum entitled “Dialogue on Policies of Cooperation and Partnership between European and Arab countries; Enhancing Policy Coherence Within the Partnership”, which will include: roundtable discussion among civil society groups, policy-discussion with Commissioner of Enlargement, and discussion on mechanisms of engagement of the EU with civil society.
2 discussion sessions at the European Parliament entitled “Unpacking the More for More Approach; Seeking Mechanisms to Ensure Policy Coherence” and “DCFTAs and implications of trade and investment policies with policy space for development”

Download the programme here.
For further information or for confirming participation, please contact: Arab NGO Network for Development; Kinda Mohamadieh at and Bihter Moschini at


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