Reshaping EU Policies Towards the Eu-Africa Partnership in the ‘New Normal’ Era of the Post Covid-19 World

Hafsa EL Bekri, Fathallah Sijilmassi

Over the last couple of decades, the European and African economic landscapes have changed considerably. The two continents are facing increasing interconnected challenges and opportunities. This leads to a growing awareness for a more global and integrated vision for the whole Europe-Mediterranean-Africa region (EMA). In addition to the challenges related to security, stability, unemployment, education, competitiveness, migration, demography and climate change, the need for a stronger collective Euro-Med-African resilience has become even more urgent and strategic within the framework of the new context created by the Covid 19 crisis.

The aim of this policy paper is to present the new parameters to take into consideration in order to reshape the relations between the EU and its Mediterranean and African neighbours. In particular, the policy papers highlights the importance of an increased South-South cooperation and it illustrates this through the example of Morocco’s strong involvement in the Continent.

EMNES Newsletter December 2020


The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) December 2020 Newsletter presents the new publications of the Network, as well as the organised events and the participations of EMNES members to major academic events.

How Resilient are the Healthcare Systems in the Mediterranean? Cases of Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia

Rym Ayadi, Sara Ronco

Amidst the disrupting circumstances resulting from the global pandemic COVID-19, this new study, jointly conducted by the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association EMEA, assesses the resilience of the healthcare systems in the Mediterranean with a focus on six countries: Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

The study, authored by EMEA President Prof. Rym Ayadi and EMEA researcher Sara Ronco, sheds light on the healthcare systems in the targeted countries, their preparedness, crisis management, the role of the European Union and international community in supporting the targeted countries, and policy responses to contain the pandemic. The study also includes policy recommendations aiming at improving healthcare capacity in a medium-to-long term plan.

This study is a part of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS PolDiMed) Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean, which aims to implement cross-national projects with reference to the South (Maghreb) and East Mediterranean (Mashrek). Its objective is to strengthen the political dialogue and societal and economic integration in the Mediterranean region and to sustainably promote cooperation and partnership with the European Union.

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