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Euro-Mediterranean Relations and the Arab Spring: Two Years On

04 June - 06 June 2013, Brussels (DG COMM)

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In the two years since the Arab Spring shifted the South-Mediterranean political landscape, how has the EU influenced events and affected the relationship with its southern neighbours? What role must the EU play going forward?

These questions and many others will be addressed during a three-day seminar in Brussels, 4–6 June, organised by the European Parliament’s press service, together with the European Commission and the European Journalism Centre.

55 selected journalists from the South-Mediterranean region will be invited to join a group of up to 70 European journalists and attend a full slate of debates that will raise important issues and provide access to key European stakeholders.

The first will look at the EU’s political response to events in the Mediterranean, followed by an examination of the media’s prominence during the revolution, and finally a focus on the role women played in shaping the events of the last two years.

In addition to the EP’s programme, the EC and the EJC will hold panel discussions on the differences of European and Arabic media coverage of the Arab Spring, including citizen journalism, and also the subject of social media, and its perceived influence on the Arab Spring.

Journalists will have the opportunity for an exclusive Q&A session with Bernardino León, EU Special Representative of the Southern Mediterranean region.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and most meals. For more information, please contact Cara Moore at moore@ejc.net.

Reporters covering political and social affairs in the region will be given priority.

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