Al-Jisr steering committee meets in Brussels
Public Diplomacy and Outreach devoted to the European Union and EU-GCC Relations
15.07.2009 · C·A·P
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The objectives of the al-Jisr project include the enhancement of public and professional understanding of the EU, its policies and institutions in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a strengthening of the debates about EU-Gulf relations and a contribution to foster closer links between the two regions.
Against this background a multitude of different activities has been pursued in the first year of the project. Among other things, various workshops were organised, e.g. on EU-GCC cooperation in higher education and research, on the challenges and prospects for EU-GCC relations under the Swedish EU presidency and on EU and the GCC cooperation on energy and environmental issues. In addition to that, al-Jisr conducted training workshops for Arab diplomats and started with the translation of books about Europe and the European Union into Arabic. A research component of al-Jisr investigates prospects and challenges for economic growth and diversification in the GCC countries. Project publications on topics such as higher education or energy are available on the al-Jisr website.
The steering committee finalized the agenda for the second year of al-Jisr and presented the project and its findings to representatives of the EU member states in the European Council. Moreover, also the GCC Ambassador to the European Union, Amal al-Hamad, invited the steering committee to discuss the project with her.
The al-Jisr steering committee members meet with the GCC Ambassador. Left to right: Saad al-Ammar (Institute for Diplomatic Studies), Michael Bauer (C.A.P.), Ana Echagüe (FRIDE), Giacomo Luciani (GRC), Philipp Oliver Gross (European Commission), Amal al-Hamad (Ambassador of the GCC), Christian Koch (GRC), Abdelaziz al-Uwaisheq (GCC) Jasmin Ruhnke (Bertelsmann), Christin-Peter Hanelt (Bertelsmann)
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