The 2020 Southern Neighbourhood Policy Seminar will be held from 30 November to 1 December. Online workshops and panels on EU policies in the Southern Neighbourhood region are organised as part of the EU-funded Majalat initiative, which aims to create a space for constructive dialogue at the regional level between the European Union and civil society organizations in the Southern Neighbourhood region.
The thematic workshops are taking place from 23 to 27 November. Each workshop is divided into two sessions, the first giving the opportunity to discuss the recommendations previously developed among civil society participants, while the second session consolidates these recommendations in the presence of European Union officials.
The public panels will focus on the political and socio-economic context in the region and the main challenges facing civil society. These sessions will include experts and representatives from civil society and the European Union who will debate on the role of the European Union and its future policy priorities, paving the way for the continuation of the dialogue on these issues at the next Civil Society Forum.
“Majalat” is a regional initiative supported and financed by the European Commission. This unique initiative led by civil society organisations from the North and South of the Mediterranean aims to build a continuous exchange between the EU and Civil Society from ten countries from the South of the Mediterranean in continuity with previous EU structured dialogues. Each year, through an annual cycle of activities, civil society organisations will gather to discuss and exchange on 5 themes that are central for the relations between the EU and countries in the region (Governance and Rule of Law, security and countering violence, migration, economic and social dialogue, social and climate justice). The results of these discussions will be brought from the field into structured (policy) dialogues with the European Union.