Sounio, 3-6 July 2008

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Bertelsmann Foundation jointly organized a conference on “The EU and its Neighbours: In Search of New Forms of Partnership“. At a critical juncture, 45 leading thinkers, policy-makers and journalists brainstormed on the future relationship between the EU and its eastern and southern neighbours. The participants from numerous European and non-European countries (1) discussed the expectations of both the EU and its neighbours, (2) analysed the current state of the EU’s neighbourhood policy, (3) explored the potentials of the new Union for the Mediterranean, (4) looked into the cooperation potentials in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, and migration, and (5) finally, sketched possible alternatives between full membership and non-membership.


The EU and its Neighbours: In Search of New Forms of Partnership – programme

The EU and its Neighbours: In Search of New Forms of Partnership – list of participants

Papers prepared for the conference

Bertelsmann Stiftung, Hello Neighbour! A new EU policy from Morocco to Azerbaijan, Spotlight Europe, # 2008/07, June 2008

Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Alternatives between Full Membership and Non-Membership – Fata Morgana or Silver Bullet?

Ibrahim A. Hegazy, The Barcelona Process: Do we Need A Revised Strategic Focus or A Revised Seeting of Priorities?

Iris Kempe, After the 2004 paradigm changes

Sami A. Khasawnih, Education

Dieter Kirschke, What Future for the Common Agricultural Policy?

Zaki Laidi, Union pour la Mediterranee: Dits et non-dits d’un projet incertain

Barbara Lippert, Alternatives between Full Membership and Non-membership – Fata Morgana or Silver bullet?

Antonio Missiroli The ENP five years on: Looking backward – and forward

Loukas Tsoukalis, European foreign policy begins with the neighbours

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Démographie, Immigration, Intégration

The conference was supported by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Jean Monnet Programme.