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2008 EuroMeSCo Annual Conference: "Euro-Mediterranean Relations Between Continuity and Reinforced Cooperation. Quo Vadis Barcelona?"
 EuroMeSCo's 2008 Annual Conference, entitled "Euro-Mediterranean Relations Between Continuity and Reinforced Cooperation. Quo Vadis Barcelona?",  took place in Amman, on 16-17 October. It was organised in collaboration with our network partner and conference host, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), and counted on the support of distinguished European and Jordanian personalities and institutions.

The choice of topic for this conference fully corresponded to the current concern about Euro-Mediterranean relations that has dominated recent debates, in official, as well as academic and public policy circles. A French initiative designed to re-dynamize the somewhat languishing Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, forcibly introduced into the agenda the re-evaluation of the Process launched in Barcelona back in 1995. EuroMeSCo - through its seminars, workshops, and research papers - has itself been active in promoting this much needed debate on the achievements and short-comings of a project whose ambitions now seem in sharp contrast with the harsh realities existing around the Mediterranean.

In this context, the 2008 EuroMeSCo Annual Conference analysed the main dimensions and core objectives of the Barcelona Process and also discussed the soundness of its foundations. Taking into account the confusing plurality of existing cooperative mechanisms and the need for greater pragmatism, participants explored ways to profit from the flexibility of current partnerships and initiatives in a bid to create new synergies in shared endeavours. In a Euro-Mediterranean space arguably plagued by conflicts, resistance to change and generalised frustrations, this conference considered whether there is reason for hope in peace-building conflict resolution, in a renewed impetus for sustainable development, and in a commitment to the pursuit of an integrative approach based on a revived partnership. Finally, the issue of migrants, refugees, and displaced persons was also addressed. The Working Group sessions studied six relevant interrelated questions, delving deeper into the problems that characterise the Euromed area and offering recommendations to guide future joint efforts.

To see the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference programme, please click here.

To read H.E. Ms. Nyamko Sabuni's speech, Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, please click here.

To read H.E. Mr. Patrick Renauld's speech, Ambassador/Head of Delegation of the EC to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, please click here.

To read the conclusions of Working Group 1, please click here.

To read the conclusions of Working Group 3, please click here.

To read Dr. Ivan Ureta Vaquero's article on "Migration, Security and Development in the Euro-Mediterranean area", please click here.

To read Professor Chater Khalifa's article on "Sécurité et sécuritisation dans les relations euro-méditerranéennes", please click here.