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Hussam Hussein
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Hi and thanks for visiting my profile :) My name is Hussam, I'm a blogger-researcher-journalist, member of the European Youth Press’ Middle East and North Africa Committee (MENAC). I studied in Italy (Trieste/Gorizia), England (SOAS, London), and Poland (College of Europe). Academically, my background is mainly in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a focus on Environment. My interests are climate change, water, development and international cooperation.


Developing world and the Flemish priorities for the EU

Published 02nd July 2010 - 6 comments - 2291 views -

Flanders and the EU Presidency

As I have already written in my previous post on the Belgian priorities for the EU, as far as health care is concerned, from today to the end of the year Belgium presides the Council of the European Union for the twelfth time. As probably many of you already know, Belgium is a  federated state, where the Flemish region is one of the main regions together with the Vallonic one. Therefore,  Flanders is an important player; Flemish Ministers will preside the Council of Ministers of: Fisheries, Environment, Education, Youth and Sport.

For this reason, it is interesting to have a look to the five Flemish priorities for the EU that I believe to be of interest for the developing world blog.

The five priorities

  • the European 2020 strategy;
  • social inclusion within the frame of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion;
  • climate, energy, and environment;
  • the essential role of the regions within the EU and a greater involvement of its (young) citizens;
  • sustainable development.

Therefore, they seem to be very interesting not only for the EU, but also for the world and for the role that the EU has in the world in these issues. But only the next months will show us how the Presidency will materialize these policies.

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  • Ahmed ElAmin on 02nd July 2010:

    Hi Hussam
    This needs a rethink…

  • Sylwia Presley on 03rd July 2010:

    I like the fact that you mention the social inclusion here - this for example is obviously a global issue - something I personally feel strongly about;)

  • Luan Galani on 04th July 2010:

    Hi Hussam,

    Yeah, it’s too early to say something, as you pointed at the end. Let’s see how all this is going to be materialized. I’m so skeptical about such policies…especially when from Europe.

  • Hussam Hussein on 04th July 2010:

    @Ahmed: what do you mean, which kind of rethink would you give?
    @sylvia: thanks, I also like very much this point
    @Luan: as for everything, we have to wait and see how they will develop these issues. However, I cannot agree on your skeptimism concerning the EU… the EU, for instance, is the best example in the world as far as reducing emissions as far as the climate change policy in concerned. When it comes to developement policy of the EU and of the EU countries, these are the most important donosr in the world… so why should we be skeptical of the EU policies?

  • Luan Galani on 07th July 2010:

    Yeah, Hussam, you’re right. EU is a great example as far as many important issues are concerned. However, as it is widely known, sometimes it is not difficult for hypocrisy to spring up and reign.

  • Hussam Hussein on 07th July 2010:

    Thanks Luan. In fact, it could be said that sometimes EU foreign policies lack of consistency.. and that economical interests prevail on ethical principles… however, in the international contest, I think that the EU still is a good actor also in this way… do you wanna compare the ethical foreign policy of the EU with that of other important international actors? wink

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