Delegation of the European Union to the State of Kuwait and the State of Qatar

Introduction of the Enhanced EU-GCC Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Outreach

08/03/2021 - 13:59
Regional overview

European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates and Delegation of the European Union to the State of Kuwait and the State of Qatar

The Enhanced EU-GCC Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Outreach project is financed by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a stronger relationship between the European Union and the GCC countries, by enhancing the political dialogue, cooperation and outreach both regionally and at an individual country level.

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What is the Enhanced EU-GCC Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Outreach project?

The Enhanced EU-GCC Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Outreach project is financed by the European Union through its Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) Partnership Instrument. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a stronger relationship between the European Union and the GCC countries, by strengthening the political dialogue, cooperation and outreach, both regionally and at an individual country level. The project was launched in December 2020 and will run until November 2023.

The project is cooperating with a number of state and non-state EU and GCC actors, including government officials, business representatives, think tanks, academia, NGOs, media representatives, student and youth groups.

The project also proactively promotes gender equality and youth empowerment by directly engaging with communities of youth and women and ensuring their active participation in project’s activities.

Scope of work

The project team will work to support the deepening of the political cooperation by delivering a number of practical tools and activities, notably in the area of social transformation. The project will also provide a systematic mechanism for identifying and (as relevant) delivering concrete outputs for the implementation of the Cooperation Arrangements between the European Union and GCC countries.

In addition to supporting the political cooperation, the project aims to enhance the overall relationship between the EU and the GCC countries through public diplomacy and outreach activities. The project activities are therefore focused around four output areas:

Output Area 1

Contribute to the ongoing national transformation processes of the GCC countries in areas of mutual interest.

Output Area 2

Facilitate more effective implementation and monitoring of the Cooperation Arrangements between the EU and individual GCC states.

Output Area 3

Enhance the understanding and perception of the EU by both state and non-state stakeholders in the region.

Output Area 4

Strengthen trust and mutual understanding between EU and GCC citizens.

Contact

Project Team at EUGCCDialogue@equinoccio.eu