|Governance, Reform and Human Rights in the Euro-Med Region|
30 May 2007 - 31 May 2007EuroMeSCo-Senior Officials MeetingsSWP Berlin, Germany
Under the aegis of the German EU Presidency, EuroMeSCo in collaboration with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), organised a EuroMeSCo-Senior Officials meeting on “Governance, Reform and Human Rights in the Euro-Med region”.
Given the adoption of the Five-Year Work Programme and the decision to launch a governance facility at the Euro-Mediterranean Summit of the Heads of States and Governments in November 2005, but also in view of the latest regional developments in the southern Mediterranean, the issue is at the core of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’s (EMP) first basket. Against this backdrop, the meeting provided EuroMeSCo with an opportunity to submit its findings on the issue to the practitioners of the Barcelona Process, thereby allowing the network to fulfil its ascribed role as a partnership- and confidence-building actor.
Following the opening session, the first panel, discussing the state of political development and reform in the southern Mediterranean, as well as the impact of the EMP, was kicked off by Dr. Tobias Schumacher (EuroMeSCo Secretariat, Lisbon), Álvaro de Vasconcelos (ISS-EU, Paris), Dr. Salam Kawakibi (Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center, Paris) and Maria Antoinetta Simons (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels). The second panel focused on elections and election monitoring and saw presentations by Renate Schimkoreit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin), Lena Kolarska-Bobinska (IPA, Warsaw) and Dr. Karam Karam (LCPS, Beirut). The third session analysed current benchmarking efforts by the EU to measure, and possibly enhance, potential processes of political and economic reform in the southern Mediterranean and allowed Dr. Ahmed Driss (University of Tunis), Prof. Erwan Lannon (University of Ghent), as well as Prof. Azzam Mahjoub (University of Tunis) to present the findings of the recently published EuroMeSCo reports on benchmarking. These presentations were accompanied by a presentation of Ahmed Doğan on the Turkish experience (EU Secretariat General, Ankara) and Risto Veltheim (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Helsinki) on the issue of whether benchmarking might be a way to promote good governance.
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