Roundtable: "Europe and its Neighbors: Towards a New Partnership for Democracy"
The Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF) took part in the roundtable organized by the Council for a Community of Democracies, the European Partnership for Democracy, and the International Steering Committee for the Community of Democracies, in Brussels from 25 to May 26, 2011. The roundtable, entitled "Europe and its Neighbors: Towards a New Partnership for Democracy ", discussed the changes taking place in the Arab region after the success of Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions in the overthrow of the despotic regimes, and how Europe and the Community of Democracies in the light of those changes can play a more active role supporting the democratic transition processes in neighboring countries. This could take the shape of financial assistance, support democracy activists in the current political environment, facilitating dialogue between policy makers and civil society leaders in the light of the recent political, social, economic and institutional developments, by building bridges between the European political parties and civil society actors and CSO leaders in neighboring countries facing the winds of democratic change.
The roundtable was attended by a number of researchers, activists and civil society and government representatives from Tunisia, Egypt, and Europe, featuring Niccolo Figa-Tlamanca, Emad Shahin, Ambassador Joan Prat, the representative for the Catalan General Authority in the European Union, Robert La Gamma, Karel Kovanda, Former Deputy-Director General for External Relations of the European Commission, Sameer Jarrah and others. The ADF Secretary-General, Mr. Mohsen Marzouk made two interventions: the first on the Tunisian Revolution, the sparkle of change in the Arab region, and the second on the European response to the democratic transition processes in neighboring countries.
The ADF delegation composed of the Secretary-General and the Deputy-Director of Programs and Research, Mrs. Wafa Ben Haj Omar, also met with Brussels-based European NGOs the to discuss the democratic transition in Tunisia and Egypt and the Arab Spring in an encounter organized by No Peace Without Justice, as well as with with a number of members of the European Parliament.