29-09-2017 au 30-09-2017 - Tarragone (ES)

Commision méditerranée: Les défis socio-économiques dans une Méditerranée changeante

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
  • Marc Pierini, former EU ambassador to Turkey, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Morocco
  • Faian Briegel, economist at Rabobank, Utrecht (TBC)
  • Salahedine Mezouar, Former Moroccan Foreign Minister, Present President Cop 22 Morocco
  • Stephan Füle, former Commissioner for Enlargment and Neighbourhood Policy (TBC)


First reactions:

  • Anwar Zibaoui, Coordinator, ASCAME 
  • Xavier Tiana, Secretari General MedCities (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
  • Joan Miquel Abad, Former Deputy Mayor, Chief Commissioner of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (TBC)
  • Sportsman (tbd) from Tarragona


Special Intervention by: Alfonso Dastis, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs


Saturday 30th September

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

Chair: Jaume Lanaspa, FBLC     

  • Oriol Amorós, Migrations Secretary, Catalan Government
  • Boutheina Gribaa, Project Coordinator de CAWTAR
  • Delphine Borione, OCDE (TBC)


First Reactions:

  • Enric Olivé, Director de la Cátedra UNESCO de Diálogo Intercultural, URV 


11a.m. – 11:30a.m. Coffee Break


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

Chair:  Andreu Suriol, President of the Tarragona Chamber of Commerce

  • Jaloul Ayed, Former Minister of Finance of Tunisia, President of the MED Confederation
  • Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Senegal
  • Fathallad Oualalou, Former Economy and Finance Minister, Morocco


First Reactions:  

  • Jacob Kolster, Director North Africa Region, African Bank of Development (TBC)
  • Javier Albarracín, Socioeconomic Development, IEMed                               


1:15 p.m. Closing

  • Ferran Tarradellas, Head of the Regional Office of the European Commission, Barcelona                         
  • 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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