Press release – web seminar “EU Policies Towards East Mediterranean Sea: Energy and Security”

Press release – web seminar “EU Policies Towards East Mediterranean Sea: Energy and Security”

Webinar “EU Policies Towards East Mediterranean Sea: Energy and Security”

15/11/2021 – 10/12/2021

In the framework of the implementation of the Jean Monnet Erasmus+ programme “EU Policies Towards its Eastern Mediterranean Space: Energy and Security”, the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens organised with success a cross-fertilization webinar with the same title.

Held from 15 November to 10 December 2021, the webinar was articulated around three thematic units, namely (1) EU Integration and Eastern Mediterranean, (2) EU Security Policies towards Eastern Mediterranean Space and (3) EU Energy Policies towards Eastern Mediterranean Space, and included seven teaching sessions and workshops. The webinar aimed at expanding knowledge and helping the participants understand the complex issues of the European policies in the Mediterranean, with a view to enhancing their critical analysis of the EU’s interests and involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean space, as well as the stakes this region represents for the EU Member States and other international actors, both regional and universal.

The teaching staff of the cross-fertilization seminar comprised of academics from Greek and foreign Universities, think-tank experts and other specialists and practitioners in the thematic areas focused on (see list below).

The seminar was attended by participants from Greece and abroad. The said participants included postgraduate students and doctoral candidates from Greece and abroad, officials from State agencies dealing with EU integration, energy issues and security issues, as well as interested members of the wider public. The participants displayed a keen interest in the seminar and contributed with questions and comments in the lively and stimulating debates in the sessions and workshops.

The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens would like to thank both the teaching staff of and the participants in the seminar for their valuable contributions that made the seminar a success.

Speakers of the 1st Thematic Unit: “EU Integration and Eastern Mediterranean” were: Eirini Karamouzi, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield; Manos Papazoglou, Assistant Professor, University of the Peloponnese; Konstantinos Lavdas, Professor, Panteion University; Dimitris Triantafyllou, Professor Kadir Has University; Yannis Begos, Minister Counsellor B΄ – European External Action Service, Brussels; Emmanouil Perakis, Assistant Professor, University of Athens; Panagiota Manoli, Assistant Professor, University of the Peloponnese; Charalambos Tsardanidis, Professor, University of the Aegean, Aris Marghelis, Dr., Centre of Maritime and Ocean Law, Nantes, Antonia Zervaki, Assistant Professor, University of Athens.

Speakers of the 2nd Thematic Unit: “EU Security policies towards Eastern Mediterranean space” were: Olivier de France, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Paris; Konstantinos Lambropoulos, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva; General Michael Kostarakos, f. Chief HNDGS & f. Chairman EU Military Committee; Cengiz Aktar, Adjunct Professor, University of Athens, Aya Burweila, Research Institute of European and American Studies; Konstantinos Vlachopoulos, ELIAMEP; Erietta Scalieri, Dr., Legal Service, MFA; Georgios Anepsiou, Dr., Panteion University; John Harrison, Associate Professor, Homeland Security Program, Rabdan Academy, UAE; Spyridon Plakoudas Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program, Rabdan Academy, UAE.

The speakers of the 3rd Thematic Unit: “EU Energy policies towards Eastern Mediterranean space” were: Charikleia Vlachou, Lecturer. University of Cyprus; Leontios Portokalakis, Surveyor Engineer, MSc Finance, HELLINHY Gen. Secretary; Floros Flouros, University of the Aegean, George Maris, Associate Professor, University of the Aegean; Petros Violakis, Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program, Rabdan Academy, UAE.

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