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The UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS seeks to propose a political reflection from the Euro-Mediterranean academic community on the role of the European Parliament and the European Union itself in the Mediterranean region, offering a moment of evaluation and revaluation of regional policies.

At the same time, the UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS is an opportunity for universities to better understand the tools made available by the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as an occasion to promote mutual understanding and to share and discuss different point of view on the cooperation with the Mediterranean region.

The UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS is set up as a forum for discussion, certainly political but not only, in the European Parliament ensuring the participants an interactive debate also during specific work sessions with the different DGs active in the cooperation with the Mediterranean.

The UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS will be an important event where the participation of the Rectors of our member universities and their International Relations Delegates is highly encouraged and expected.

Last year, more than 70 delegates participated to the UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS. Participants were Rectors and Presidents, International Relations Delegates, representatives of International Relations Offices and representatives of international organisations and institutions coming from 8 European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, France, UK, Finland, Italy, Spain and Portugal) and 6 non-EU countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia).

Along the days, key challenges have been highlighted in the academic and scientific cooperation with the Mediterranean region:

  • strengthening mobility opportunities;
  • working on supporting refugees in terms of students, adults, academic staff and researchers;
  • reinforcing the networking opportunities for the universities with enterprises and socio-economic realities;
  • rethinking to new policy instruments at EU level;
  • increasing more social responsibility in the university system to face to the new challenges of the region.

Building on the last years’ experience, we wish the UNIMED WEEK in BRUSSELS 2017 will be a good opportunity to get even more people engaged in sharing and discussing different point of view on the cooperation with the Mediterranean region.

We look forward sharing with you another edition of the UNIMED WEEK IN BRUSSELS.

28th March 2017

Meeting with the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD)

14:30 – 15:00
Registration and welcome coffee
15:00 – 15:15
UNIMED WEEK in BRUSSELS: main goals and objectives, Mr Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED Director
15:15 – 15:45
DG RTD and the cooperation with Southern Mediterranean Countries, Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director – DG Research & Innovation, Directorate International Cooperation
15:45 – 16:15
The Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on May 3/4, 2017 in Malta. The main challenges of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation:
– Migrants
16:15 – 17:15
– Discussion on the new Research Framework programme 2021-2027
– UNIMED Manifesto to improve Social Science and Humanities in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, Mr Eric Vallet, Maître de conférences – Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) and coordinator of the Chair Sorbonne Maghreb
– Capacity Building through Innovation – the 5TOI_4EWAS perspective, Mr Raniero Chelli, UNIMED EU Projects Coordinator
17:15 – 18:00
Discussion and conclusions

29th March 2017

Meeting with the European External Action Service (EEAS)

10:00 – 10:15
Registration and welcome coffee
10:15 – 10:45
An overview of the European External Action Service
10:45 – 11:15
The political imperatives/challenges of the EEAS and its Global Strategy, Mr Colin Scicluna, Deputy Managing Director – Middle East and North Africa (TBC)
11:15 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30
Session: “Contributions from Higher Education Institutions and Academics to the definition of EEAS Global strategy”
12:30 – 13:00
Question and debate

Meeting with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

14:30 – 14:45
Registration and welcome coffee
14:45 – 15:10
An overview of DG NEAR mandate
15:10 – 15:30
Cooperation with Maghreb countries
15:30 – 15:50
Cooperation with Middle East
15:50 – 16:30
Governance of HEIs and Employability
– Unimed experience with RESUME Project
– DG Near Perspective
16:30 – 17:00
MedCulture Programme
17:00 – 17:30
Discussion and conclusions

30th March 2017

Meeting with the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)

09:00 – 09:15
09:15 – 09:45
Welcome Speech from DG EAC Director for International Cooperation, Ms Antoaneta Angelova Krasteva
ERASMUS+: three years after, an overview of the cooperation with Southern Mediterranean countries and the coming challenges
– Mobility
– Capacity Building, Ms Claire Herrmann
– Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (under H2020), Ms Lisbeth Rossmeissl
Questions and debate
Discussion around the future programme 2021-2027:
– The preparatory work of DG EAC, Ms Deirdre Lennan
– UNIMED Manifesto about University cooperation in the Mediterranean Region
Debate and conclusions

Meeting with the European Parliament

Welcome Speech from European Parliament Member, Mr Antonio Panzeri
Speech of European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Stauros Lamprinidīs (TBC)
Speech of UNIMED President, Mr Wail Benjelloun
Speech of University of Tunis Rector, Mr Hmaid Ben Aziza
Questions and debate
Speech of Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Mr Johannes Hahn (TBC)
Speech of University of Pavia Rector, Mr Fabio Rugge
Questions and debate
Final remarks and conclusion by Moderator, UNIMED Director, Mr Marcello Scalisi


The programme is evolving. Please check back for regular updates.

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