Arab scholars visited Brussels

A group of scholars from the “Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities” (AGYA) had a five-days meeting in Brussels in early December 2017 for discussions and meetings at the various EU institutions about current challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean relations. The workshop was organised by IES Project Researcher Dr Jan Claudius Völkel, who is an AGYA member since 2015 himself. Participants came from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Syria, Turkey and Germany. Besides the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Council and the European Parliament, the group also visited NATO Headquarter, the Permanent Mission of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to Brussels, and Médecins sans frontières (MSF). Topics discussed covered, among others, the EU’s neighbourhood policy, Mediterranean migration, the EU’s support for Syria, security cooperation and human rights.