The last IEPN Conference: "Russia in the Middle East: EU and Israeli perspectives", Herzliya, September 27 ,2016

 

MK Tamar Zandberg speaking at IEPN Meeting, Herzliya, October 2015

MK Tamar Zandberg speaking at IEPN Meeting, Herzliya, October 2015

The Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN) works under the direction of the Israel Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and its partners, the MACRO Center for Political Economics, Tel Aviv and the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany. The IEPN operates since 2003 and aims to establish a continuous, long-term, constructive and critical dialogue between decision-makers, key public figures, academics, journalists, business people and other professional groups from Israel and the EU on pertinent issues in EU-Israeli relations and wider Middle East politics.

The discussion focuses on economic, social, political and security issues which are of common interest to both sides and the potential of increasing Israel's convergence with Europe. What distinguishes the IEPN from other organizations engaged on similar issues is not only its multi-layered, flexible structure and its focus on concrete issues, but also its twin anchorage in the EU and in Israel.

IEPN Coordinators:
The IEPN is jointly coordinated by Dr. Werner Puschra (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Herzliya), Dr. Roby Nathanson (Macro Center for Political Economics, Tel Aviv), Prof. Stephan Stetter (Universität der Bundeswehr, München) and Jan Busse (Universität der Bundeswehr, München).

Ambassador of the EU to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen speaking at the IEPN Meeting, Herzliya, October 2015

Ambassador of the EU to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen speaking at the IEPN Meeting, Herzliya, October 2015

The IEPN's structure is based on joint teams of Israeli and European senior researchers, who are organized in subject-oriented working groups. Joint teams of senior Israeli and European Circle Members and invited high-ranking speakers, analyse key issues affecting Israeli-EU relations in order to identify joint interests and mutual gains as well as obstacles to such a constructive relationship. Prominent guests that participated in IEPN Meetings include personalities as such as MEP Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Saeb Erekat, Palestinian Chief Negotiator, MK Tzipi Livni, Head of the Kadima Party, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Constantinos  Papadopoulos, Secretary General, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Robert Rydberg, Deputy Secretary General of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, MK Micky Eitan, Minister of Improvement of Government Services, Dr. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice, Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Isaac Herzog, former Minister of Welfare and Social Services. The Research Teams produce detailed working papers and concrete policy recommendations.

Circle ISRAEL: In Europe - brings together experts from the EU level, old and new EU member states and other European countries.

Circle EUROPE: In Israel - provides a platform for meetings of Israeli experts.

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz Party) speaking at IEPN Conference in Herzliya, October 2015

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz Party) speaking at IEPN Conference in Herzliya, October 2015

The two CIRCLES are the central networking units of the IEPN. The members of these two CIRCLES come from a variety of countries and disciplines and it is their main tasks to disseminate the outputs of IEPN to colleagues and key decision-makers both in Europe and in Israel.

Amongst the issues dealt with by the Research Teams are:

  • Political Relations,
  • Labour Market Relations,
  • Intelligence and Security Cooperation,
  • Media Perceptions,
  • Monetary Policy and Economic Relations,
  • Energy and Environmental Issues.

 

These working papers and policy proposals are regularly discussed by a wider group of experts. The Circles have been established both in Israel and in the EU.

Since 2003 the IEPN has held numerous meetings in Israel, Europe and the United States. The IEPN has published several books and working papers on EU-Israeli relations, which were disseminated to key decision makers and the general public.