From 29 November to 1 December the European Forum, in cooperation with the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS), the UK Labour Party and the Unified Socialist Party in Morocco organized the third and final seminar of the Future Leaders Training. The young and promising future politicians came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.
The seminar was held near Rabat (Morocco) and focused on negotiation skills and regional/European cooperation. Trainer Kirsten Meijer (Dutch Labour party) discussed the negotiation theory with the participants and did a simulation game on negotiating. Afterwards she discussed the European Neighbourhood Policy with the participants. Hereafter the Egyptian participants prepared a presentation on the Arab Social Democratic Forum. The training finished with workshops on regional and European cooperation.
The group worked with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the workshops. The participants shared ideas, challenges and exchanged experiences. Already after the first seminar, the participants have created a Facebook group so that they can stay in touch with each other. This was the final seminar in a series of three. This first Future Leaders training programme in the MENA region can be considered as a success, which the European Forum intends to continue.
This project was first initiated in the Western Balkans under the name ‘Course for Promising Politicians’ (CPP) and later the course was implemented in Eastern Europe. A group of young and promising politicians meets three times each year, each time in a different country in the region. The first seminar focuses on ideology and policy, the second on media and communication skills and the third on regional cooperation and negotiating skills. In light of the positive evaluations of the courses in the Western Balkans and in Eastern Europe, the idea was born to start up a similar course called Future Leaders Training in the MENA region. The program is organized in a way that theory is followed by practical sessions in which groups are formed with participants from different countries. In this way contacts are made to establish a network of politically active persons to exchange knowledge from different countries in the region.