Event Reports

EVENT REPORT | How urgent it is for Europe to play an active role in the stability and prosperity of the Mediterranean region? (January 13)

The Inaugural Mediterranean Growth Initiative Report

The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) is a stakeholder platform supporting institutional and private sector thinking and doing around the Mediterranean.

Information and commentary from a Mediterranean regional lens is missing, though many of these economies have strong links, which have existed through history. The MGI rests on two key pillars: understanding the region and its potential using data and analysis, and bringing together key decision-makers and investors at seminars and conferences. To this end, the inaugural MGI economic indicators report was launched in Brussels on January 13th 2016. The report utilizes the latest data and in-depth analysis to track and benchmark performance in key strands of political, economic and societal progress, such as migration, trade and governance. It is the first of its kind, aggregating data for the region and for each of the 20 countries that share the shores of the Mediterranean sea. The indicators in the report serve as the basis for trustworthy and relevant information for investors and policy makers.

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Download the MGI Report here




How urgent it is for Europe to play an active role in the stability and prosperity of the Mediterranean region?

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the role of Europe in the stability and prosperity of the Mediterranean region with our distinguished speakers Mr Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Mr Bruno Denis, Head of Division, Public Sector/South, Neighbouring Countries Department, European Investment Bank, Mr Adel Baba-Aissa, Managing Director of Renewable Energy Partner and Mr Philippe de Fontaine Vive, European Investment Bank Honorary Vice-President.

Mrs Cleopatra Kitti, Chair of LITUS and founder of the Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) and Dr Nasser Saidi, President, Nasser Saidi and Associates will respectively hold an introductory and a preface speech, while Mr Nick Spyropoulos, Director, Alma Economics, will present the key findings of the MGI report.

The debate will be moderated by Jacki Davis, journalist and moderator

This event was organised in partnership with

About the debate

The Mediterranean sea is bordered by twenty countries, which together account for 7% of world population and 10% of world GDP. The wealthy European countries occupying its northern shores, many now finally starting to emerge from a period of economic turmoil, enjoy a strong democratic tradition but are also characterised by an ageing population, sluggish growth rates, and weaker economic prospects. The less economically developed nations of the region in North Africa, South Eastern Europe and the Levant present almost a mirror image: young populations, political systems in transition, and impressive growth potential.

The launch of the Juncker Plan has kept economic performance and investment firmly at the top of the EU agenda. With GDP growth in countries in North Africa and the Levant forecast to stay above 4% -higher than the global average – in coming years and growth among the EU member states in the region expected to remain at the best at 2%, there is a clear economic opportunity for Europe.

Despite strong complementarities, common needs, and a long shared history, at the moment there is relatively little cooperation between Med countries at either the economic or political level: intra-Med trade accounts for less than a third of all trade Mediterranean countries engage in, and there are not enough political fora and initiatives aiming at closer political interaction.

Closer cooperation between Mediterranean countries and its positive effects on economic growth and stability may be secured by a renewed attention of the EU towards the region, notably by enhancing access to capital and sustaining good governance in order to empower both the private and the public sector to invest in education, infrastructure and innovation.

What impact can closer co-operation between Med countries have, and what does the EU stand to gain economically and also politically? How urgent is it for the European Union to play an active role to support growth, stability and the prosperity of the Mediterranean region?

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 6h00 pm, followed by a debate at 6h30 pm. After the debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.

We look forward to seeing you at 6h00 pm on the 13th of January at Science14 Atrium, rue de la science 14-B, Brussels.

All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.



OIF – Bruxelles : Concertation avec les députés européennes francophones autour de la problématique de la crise migratoire



La Représentation de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’Union européenne organise, dans un souci d’articulation de son action avec les Députés européens, une concertation francophone autour de la problématique de la crise migratoire, le 9 décembre 2015 de 14h30 à 16h30 en salle Jozsef Antall 4Q1.

Cette rencontre est parrainée par le Député Louis Michel et co-présidée par le Délégué général du Québec, M. Michel Audet.

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Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que Monsieur Laurent Muschel, Directeur Direction C, Migration et Protection, DG Home, Commission européenne, Monsieur Dan Van Raemdonck, Secrétaire général de la Fédération internationale des Ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH) et Monsiuer Pascal Reyntjens, Chef de mission pour la Belgique et le Luxembourg de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), nous feront l’honneur d’intervenir lors de cette concertation.

INTRODUCING THE EUROPEAN TECH ALLIANCE | European in origin, Global in mindset | Tuesday, 27 October 2015, European Parliament, Strasbourg


Speech of Vice-President Ansip at the launch of the European Tech Alliance, Strasbourg, France







European in origin, Global in mindset

27 October 2015 | 09:30 – 12:00
Including product demonstrations and time to interact with member CEOs

Entrance via the Winston Churchill (WIC) building

Pierre Pflimlin Building (room F03101),
Allée Spach, European Parliament, 67070 Strasbourg

Hosted by Catherine Stihler MEP

Key note speech

by Andrus Ansip,

Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

Introductory remarks

by  Niklas Zennström,

CEO of Atomico & Founder of Skype European Tech Alliance President

The Alliance is a group of fast-growing tech companies that have been built in Europe. All members have recently found success and now want to scale up, so as to continue to grow and compete globally.

Europe is good at tech and the sector is already contributing enormously to the economy both in terms of driving investment and creating highly skilled jobs. The Alliance members want to use their collective experience to feed into the push to strengthen Europe’s digital economy.



Tuesday, 27th October 2015, Strasbourg


Registration & coffee

Product demonstration & interaction with member CEOs

Catherine Stihler, Member of the European Parliament


Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

Introductory remarks & official launch
Niklas Zennström, European Tech Alliance President, CEO of Atomico & Founder of Skype

Moderated interactive debate
by James Crisp, Deputy news editor at EurActiv.com


Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

CEOs of Alliance member companies