BIAT at the EU Days
On the 8th and 9th of May 2015, the European Delegation to Lebanon, in collaboration with the EU Member States and with the presence of the EU ambassador, had organized the 3rd EU Lebanon Cooperation Days at the Pavilion Royale in BIEL, Beirut. The two-days conference were opened to all the interested audiences and had provided a unique opportunity for Lebanese and European partners to showcase their activities, present their results, extend their professional networks, and increase their knowledge on the EU-Lebanon cooperation.
The exhibition area composed of various thematic booths, and several topics were addressed in full depth during a series of panel discussions. The sectors covered included economic development, infrastructure, natural resources, human rights, social and cultural development and heritage, and humanitarian aid.
Today the EU is the world’s largest economy, the leading trade partner and the first provider of development assistance and humanitarian aid. On this occasion, EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst announced the launching of the European-Lebanese Cooperation Days, saying: “This is the third time that such an event is organized. It is considered a good experience to express diversity, openness and freedom.” The MEDA Regulation is one of the first and principal instruments of economic and financial cooperation under the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. It was launched in 1996, enabling the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to the countries in the southern Mediterranean. From January 2007 onward, the cooperation programs on the European Union’s eastern and southern external borders (such as MEDA) have been replaced by the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument. The ENPI (2007-13) is a “policy-driven” instrument that operates in the framework of the existing bilateral agreements between the EU and the neighboring countries. It focuses in particular on supporting the implementation of the ENP action plans. In 2014 the European Neighborhood Instrument has replaced the ENPI so that it reflects real needs and considerations that have emerged over the years and turns decisions taken on a political level into actions on the ground.
Left to right: EU Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Mrs.Lina Tabbal , Ms.Cherine Kasssab , Mr.Samer Mubayad
Left to right :Ms. Farah Cheikh Al Najjarine and Ms.Guida Minkara
Group photo:Left to right: Mr.Fawaz Hamidi, MP.Charbel Nahas, Mr.Nassib Ghobriel, Mr.Fouad Zmekhol, Mr. Kamal Hamdan