Duration: 2012 – 2013
Funder: European Commission
The aim of the project was to promote and reinforce cooperation between European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council countries in a number of key strategic areas of mutual interest, to raise public awareness and understanding of the EU among GCC society and provide the framework for reflection and debate about EU-GCC relations.
The specific objectives of the project were:
- to understand the Institutions and Policies of the EU and the EU-GCC relations, strengthen cooperation in the areas of political relations, governance, human rights, energy, trade and education and provide recommendations for how cooperation can be implemented;
- to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the European Union and the 6 Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including a broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and institutions;
- to promote better understanding of the EU’s position on global challenges and of its economic, social and political integration process;
- to share best practices among opinion-formers, decision and policy makers, professional associations, trade unions, political parties, the media and academics and exchange ideas on the future of the relations between EU and GCC based on the workshop discussions.
The project’s partners were: Fundacion para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE), Environmental Policy Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (EPU-NTUA) Institute for European Studies (IES).
GGI was responsible for the Training component. The two trainings were seen as essential to bridge knowledge among the key sectors of the GCC public about the EU as an institution, the policies pursued by the European Union, and the status of EU-GCC relations. They will gather so-called multiplier groups coming from the GCC among academics and GCC youth, as they represent core priorities of the EU’s work, promoting education, supporting institutionalization as well as engagement with critical sectors of the region.
Project Training September 2012
The knowledge among GCC academics of the EU remaining very limited, the first training not only begin to lead to greater knowledge and understanding, but also contributed to building the basis from which more tailored made academic programs can emerge. In the framework of the training an Ambassadorial Roundtable was organised. The Ambassadorial Roundtable with he Ambassadors representing key Gulf States discussed key issues related to recent events in the region and served as an exchange of ideas on the future of the relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Project Training 9-13 September 2013
The training brought together 25 students from the Gulf region with five students from Vesalius College in order to exchange ideas and attend lectures and training sessions given by senior EU officials, think tank specialists and academics on how the EU and the Gulf region can further cooperate in the areas of political relations, governance, human rights, energy, trade and education. The second training for GCC youth not only allowed them to gain a first understanding of the policies of the EU but was also a chance to engage with their counterparts in substantive debate about the integrative process in Europe and how this has led to peace and stability on the continent for more than 50 years.