Europe and the Gulf have a number of interests in common ranging from trade, energy and climate policies to education, culture and communication. The European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) remain committed to promoting these mutual interests and to reinforcing their cooperation. The project, lasting two years, aims to explore ways to promote relations between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), through the implementation of policy-oriented research, outreach and training activities. The overall project objective is to strengthen understanding and cooperation between the EU and the GCC, with particular attention to the strategic areas identified in the Joint Action Programme of 2010, such as trade and finance, energy and transport. The project, led by the IAI, is implemented by a consortium of research institutes, both from Europe and the Gulf, and is divided into 10 work packages (funding: European Commission).

Duration: 24 months (January 2012 to December 2013)