29-09-2017 to 30-09-2017 - Tarragona (ES)

Mediterranean Commission: Socioeconomic challenges in a changing Mediterranean

XIII Annual Conference of the Mediterranean Commission: “Socioeconomic challenges in a changing Mediterranean”

Tarragona, 29-30 September 2017

Venue: Headquarters Diputació de Tarragona, Passeig de St. Antoni, 100.



Friday 29th September

4 p.m. Arrival

4:30 p.m. Opening        

  • Francesc Homs, President, Spanish Committee ELEC
  • Senén Florensa, President, Mediterranean Committee ELEC
  • Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, Mayor, Tarragona
  • Josep Poblet, President, Diputació Tarragona


5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Inaugural Address by Fathallah Sijilmassi, General Secretary, UpM (TBC)

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.  What perspectives of cooperation in the Mediterranean: the role of emergent actors in the new regional economic dynamics.

Chair: Antonio Martins da Cruz, ELEC Portugal                  

  • Taïeb Baccouche, General Secretary, Union of the Arab Maghreb (TBC)
  • Marc Pierini, former EU ambassador to Turkey, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Morocco (TBC)
  • Wim Boonstra, economist at Rabobank, Utrecht (TBC)
  • Salahedine Mezouar, Président Rassemblement National des Indepandants, Morocco (TBC)


First reactions:

  • Anwar Zibaoui, Coordinator, ASCAME 
  • Raquel Cabrera, Director of Institutional Relations, Gas Natural (TBC)


8:30 p.m.    Dinner offered by City Council of Tarragona.

                Key Note Speech: Presentation of the Tarragona Mediterranean Games 2018

  • Javier Villamayor, Deputy Mayor, Chief Commissioner of the Mediterranean Games in 2018, Tarragona (TBC)
  • Joan Miquel Abad, Former Deputy Mayor, Chief Commissioner of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (TBC)
  • Sportsman (tbd) from Tarragona



Saturday 30th September

9 a.m. – 11a.m.  Key social challenges in the region: youth, women and migrations

Chair: Jaume Lanaspa, FBLC     

  • Mohamed Benamour, President, CDS, Morocco (TBC)
  • Oriol Amorós, Migrations Secretary, Catalan Government
  • Elisabeth Lipiatou, Head of Unit European Neighbourhood, Africa and the Gulf, DG Research, European Commission (TBC)
  • Carlos Conde, Head of Division Middle East and Africa, OCDE (TBC)


First Reactions:

  • Enric Olivé, Director de la Cátedra UNESCO de Diálogo Intercultural, URV 
  • Josep Maria Prats, Culture City Councilman (TBC)
  • Helena De Felipe, President, AFAEMME 
  • Soukeia Bouraoui, directora de CAWTAR (TBC)


11a.m. – 11:30a.m. Coffee Break


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Europe – Mediterranean – Africa: cooperation of the future, today

Chair:  Josep Andreu. President del Port de Tarragona.

  • Jaloul Ayed, President, MED CONF (TBC)
  • Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Senegal (TBC)
  • Fathallad Oualalou, Former Economy and Finance Minister, Morocco
  • Albert Alsina, creator, Mediterrania Capital Partners (TBC)


First Reactions:

  • Andreu Suriol, President of the Tarragona Chamber of Commerce        
  • Jacob Kolster, Director North Africa Region, African Bank of Development (TBC)
  • Javier Albarracín, Socioeconomic Development, IEMed                               
  • Joan Rosás, chief of International Institutions Relations, Caixabank (TBC)


1:15 p.m. Closing

  • Jerry van Waterschoot, Secretary General ELEC (TBC)                            
  • Senén Florensa, Mediterranean Committee, ELEC         
  • Francesc Homs, President, Spanish Committee ELEC     


2 p.m.    Lunch offered by Diputació de Tarragona.


Practical arrangements

There are two options for hotels:

  • Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona, 98€ night single/ 105€ double, breakfast included.
  • Hotel AC Tarragona, 88€ night single/ 99€ double, breakfast included.

If you want to make a reservation, please contact Núria (ELEC Spain) by email: info@leceonline.org, mentioning:

  • Choice of hotel
  • Day of arrival
  • Day of departure
  • Number of people (single or double room)

The room can be paid when checking out.

There will be a bus service for going to Diputació de Tarragona, the place of the med Conference and for going back to the hotel.

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