We are working in 12 Arab countries with 9 national networks (with an extended membership of 250 CSOs from different backgrounds) and 23 NGO members.
The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) organized a workshop for the civil society organizations in the EuroMed region entitled “Bridging the gap between the EuroMed civil society and the European Institutions: A EuroMed civil society-led initiative on the Structured Dialogue”. This workshop was held in Beirut on December 11 and 12, 2016 with the support of Solidar and Fondation de France. This workshop comes as part of an initiative to strengthen and diversify the involvement of the civil society organization from the two shores of the Mediterranean in the Structured Dialogue process with the European Institutions. It also aimed at increasing the influence of CSOs in the decision-making process and promoting alternatives based on the principles of human rights and equality. This workshop based its agenda on the evolving European context and the evolving role of Civil Society in the partnership, in order to come up with a strategic debate on the Structured Dialogue and the way forward, taking an overall look on the potential tender that will be launched by the EU as broached during the last meeting in Brussels.
The workshop brought together 40 representatives of civil society organizations, trade unions, and experts. The participants agreed on this outcome document, which reflects the issues at stake, key recommendations and suggestions on the modalities of the dialogue.