CEPR facilitates and engages in political dialogue between European, Palestinian and Arab parliamentarians and policy-makers. In recent years, CEPR representatives have engaged with the highest level European and Arab policy makers to encourage peace and justice in the Middle East.
In Europe, the CEPR is actively engaged in European and national parliaments around the continent. Europe’s role in bringing justice and peace to the Middle East is crucial and the CEPR aims to facilitate dialogue in Europe that promotes this goal. With an increased understanding of the situation in the Middle East, European politicians are better positioned to develop policies that promote the restoration of Palestinian rights.
CEPR representatives have held meetings with Jerzy Buzek, former President of the European Parliament, and his predecessor Hans-Gert Pöttering, to brief them on the situation in Palestine. We have also met with Javier Solana, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security policy, as well as many Members of the European Parliament and with officials from the other bodies of the European Union, namely the European External Action Service (EEAS).
In the Middle East, the CEPR engages with all Palestinian political factions, as well as holding talks with key regional actors, such as the League of Arab States, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Jordan, and the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament in Lebanon, as well as the transitional government in Tunisia and political actors in Egypt. Through this political engagement, we are able to forge links between Europe and the Arab world, identifying the common interest in achieving peace and justice for the Palestinian people.