The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies hosted a conference titled "EU/GCC integration: A comparative approach" yesterday. Several embassies of the member states of the European Union (EU) in Doha and the European Union National Institute for Culture (EUNIC) attended the event which marked the Europe Day.
The celebration was hosted by the embassies of 16 European countries. The EU's Ambassador to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Michele Cervoned' Urso was one of the guest speakers at the event. Dr. Abdullah Baabood, Director of the Gulf Studies Centre at Qatar University, and Nick Westcott, Managing Director of the MENA Department of the European External Action Services (EEAS) were among the other noted speakers who discussed the 'EU/GCC integration'.
The speakers presented a comparative study of the two different models of the 'EU/GCC integration' and despite their differences, had a consensus over the success of the EU integration process.
Dr. Baabood was of the opinion that what is fine for Europe may not be good for the GCC and therefore it is important for the GCC countries to chalk out their own strategy to strengthen cooperation and integration among the six-nation club.
The ambassadors and diplomats from the EU nations along with many young scholars and students participated in this enriching discussion.