Mediterranean Forum: the role of European Countries in the Middle Est and North Africa

27/01/2017
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Compagnia di San Paolo e European Council on Foreign Relations assieme a Tunisi per il Mediterranean Forum

Compagnia di San Paolo and European Council on Foreign Relations together in Tunis for the MENA Forum from 31st January to 2nd February.

The Mediterranean Forum sponsored by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Compagnia di San Paolo is taking place in Tunis from 31st January to 2nd February 2017. In the framework of Compagnia’s International Affairs Programme, the MENA Forum is an opportunity for meetings between members of the political, institutional and research world of the two Mediterranean shores, debating on "A path through crisis: Mapping an agenda for European leadership in the Middle East and North Africa "

Among the issues addressed, the consequences of President Trump’s election on the Mediterranean region, the role of the other major players in the Mediterranean (Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia), Europe's ability to promote and support inclusive political solutions regarding non-state actors, Europe's role in the Syrian conflict. Significant is the choice to promote for the first time the MENA Forum in a country of the Southern shore of the Mediterranean; Tunisia, now facing a delicate democratic transition.

Compagnia di San Paolo has devoted attention and resources to international issues for some time. Over the years, Compagnia’s aim in the international arena has been to spread good practices, improve policy and share knowledge and skills, also for the benefit of local and national stakeholders of the foundation.

The initiative involves representatives from the institutional, research and think tanks world, including the ECFR Emma Bonino Co-Chair, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs Enzo Amendola, the Special Representative of the UN Support Mission in Libya Martin Kobler, the Advisor of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Nathalie Tocci, as well as many representatives of the countries of the Southern shore of the Mediterranean. The Compagnia is represented by Nicolò Russo Perez, coordinator of Compagnia’s International Affairs Programme and Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.