EEAS Event: 5th Conference “Europe and its Southern Neighbourhood: how large is the sea between us?”

April 18, 2022
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In a complex and changing world, it is important to understand how the European Union aligns its values and interests with humanity’s common global challenges.

The 2021-2022 conference cycle will address the main international political, economic and cultural challenges of the XXI century and the creation of a common European Union strategic culture through open dialogue with eminent scholars and highly-qualified panellists from various cultures and regions of the world.

This conference cycle is jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium and the European External Action Service, under the patronage and effective participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.

The quasi- failure of the Arab spring of 2011, the crisis of the negotiation process with Turkey, the downgrading of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Islamist terrorism and unregulated migration flows, the tragedies of immigrants and refugees are increasing political instability and are threatening the collapse of both economic interdependence and cultural dialogue with the Islamic countries.

However, common neighborhood, shared interests (energy provision, trade, and investments; regulation of migration) and geographic proximity oblige both sides to look for new ways of cooperation and dialogue.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia