The EU-funded Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Institutes (FEMISE) is holding its annual conference in Valetta, Malta, on 7-9 February 2018, around the subject of ‘Neighbours of Neighbours: Relations and Cooperation of the EU-Med towards Africa’.
The FEMISE annual conference provides a platform for the different actors of the EU-Med region, research institutes’ members, academics, policymakers and representatives of the international community including the EU, to engage in a constructive dialogue about the future of the region and the role the EU can play in the context of the new ENP.
The concept note for the conference states that, “Extensive collaboration between the Euro-Med region and sub-Saharan Africa is made necessary by the common economic, demographic, migratory and climate challenges. Such collaboration could be of great benefit to all stakeholders.”
The debate will be organised around the following three axes presented in three main plenaries:
• Plenary I: Where are we in terms of EuroMed-African cooperation? : State of play of existing agreements and projects
• Plenary II: Where do we want to go and how? The choice of a new paradigm for
EuroMed cooperation towards Africa and priorities to target
• Plenary III: An imperative issue on the cooperation agenda: preserving the natural heritage and cooperating in the energy sector
FEMISE is an Association that receives EU-funding, aiming through its activities to contribute to the reinforcement of dialogue on economic and financial issues in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Union for the Mediterranean. More specifically, it seeks to improve understanding of the priority stakes in the economic and social spheres, and their repercussions on the Mediterranean partners in the framework of their implementation of EU Association Agreements and Action Plans.