|The EuroMeSCo network analyses the increasing diversity and complexity in the Southern Mediterranean region|
The external powers no longer have a decisive influence in the region. Regional dynamics have become more significant than the influence that the traditional powers can have. For that purpose, the European Union should rethink its definition of the neighbourhood and extend it beyond the current borders.
These were one of the main conclusions of the last EuroMeSCo Annual Conference, held on the 2nd and 3rd October in Tarragona, Spain.
The EuroMeSCo network conference gathered over 100 participants from 25 Euro-Mediterranean countries, including researchers, academics, representatives of CSOs and policy and decision makers. The main objective of the Conference was to reflect on the increasing diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and its impact on the internal political developments. The opening session focused on regional conflicts and the role of external actors. The first plenary session explored the old and new internal and external actors and reflected on how the EU could maintain its influence in the new geopolitical order. The last plenary session analysed the challenges and opportunities posed by regional fragmentation to Euro-Mediterranean politics and produced a series of proposals to improve EU policies, in order to increase their visibility and effectiveness.
Three parallel working sessions focused on specific factors behind the political transformations in the region. The first session explored the state of political transformations following the examples of Jordan, Morocco and Egypt. The second session focused on the patterns of national instability and on the need to adapt the EU’s approach to these new scenarios. The last session analysed the factors behind the minor reforms and the long-term prospects for maintaining the status quo, through the cases of Egypt and the Gulf countries.
Read the report from the Conference here.