Bridging the Gulf: EU-GCC Relations at a Crossroads

Relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are at a crossroads. After the derailment of the negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2008, the cooperation between the two regional blocs has remained low-key in a number of different areas, while the unprecedented changes that have taken place in North Africa and the Middle East, the common neighbourhood of the EU and the GCC, have not led to a renewed, structured cooperation on foreign and security policy issues. This volume addresses the shortcomings and potential of EU-GCC relations by taking stock of their past evolution and by advancing policy recommendations as to how to revamp this strategic cooperation. In this light, it highlights the areas where greater room for manoeuvre exists in order to enhance EU-GCC relations, discusses the instruments available and sheds light on the feature of the regional and international context that are likely to significantly influence the new phase in the mutual relation between the two blocs. The book is the result of the research conducted in the framework of the project 'Sharaka - Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in EU-GCC Relations', co-funded by the European Commission.

Revised and updated versions of the technical reports published in the Sharaka Research Papers series, produced within the framework of the project 'Sharaka - Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in EU-GCC Relations', co-funded by the European Commission.

Roma, Nuova Cultura, March 2014, 357 p.
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List of authors, p. 7-8
List of abbreviations, p. 9-13
Foreword, Silvia Colombo, p. 15-18

1. Need to Rethink the EU-GCC Strategic Relation,
Silvia Colombo and Camilla Committeri, p. 19-45
1.1. The EU-GCC Cooperation between Strategic Interests and Ideational Obstacles
1.2. Sectoral Cooperation: the present state and the way forward
1.3. Challenges and Opportunities to Revamping EU-GCC Relations

2. EU-GCC Trade and Investment Relations: What Prospect of an FTA between the Two Regions?,
Rym Ayadi and Salim Gadi, p. 47-88
2.1. Creation of the GCC and its Relations with the EU
2.2. Trade and Investment Patterns Between the EU and the GCC: What Diagnosis?
2.3. The EU-GCC FTA: Motivations and Expected Impact
2.4. Prospects and Recommendations for Improving EU-GCC Trade and Investment Relations

3. Banking and Insurance in the GCC Countries: Is there Regulatory Convergence with the EU?,
Rym Ayadi and Willem Pieter de Groen, p. 89-156
3.1. Banking Structure and Regulation in the EU and the GCC: What Degree of Convergence?
3.2. Overview of the Structure and Regulation of the Insurance Sector in the GCC Countries

4. EU-GCC Cooperation on Energy,
Abdulaziz Al-Shalabi, Nicolas Cottret and Emanuela Menichetti, p. 157-222
4.1. Overview of the energy sector in the GCC
4.2. Identification of hot spots and implications for EU-GCC cooperation

5. Maritime Security: Challenges and Opportunities for EU-GCC Cooperation,
Natalino Ronzitti, p. 223-249
5.1. The Regulatory Framework of Maritime Security
5.2. Bringing Terrorists to Justice: National/International/Hybrid Tribunals
5.3. NW/WMD Free Zones: Maritime Issues
5.4. Confidence and Security Building Measures (CSBMs) and Maritime Security
5.5. Enclosed and Semi-Enclosed Seas and the Persian Gulf
5.6. Maritime-Territorial Controversies
5.7. The Delimitation of Sea Areas
5.8. Piracy
5.9. Drug Trafficking and Trafficking in Persons
5.10. Marine Pollution

6. EU-GCC Cooperation in the Fields of Higher Education and Scientific Research: The Way Forward,
Ahmed Ali M. Al-Mukhaini, p. 251-273
6.1. Status Quo
6.2. Top HE Destinations for GCC
6.3. Tertiary Education in the GCC and EU
6.4. Areas of Joint Scientific Research
6.5. Higher Education and Scientific Research in the EU-GCC Jap and Related Activities
6.6. Challenges to EU-GCC Cooperation in HESR
6.7. Why Focus on Higher Education and Scientific Research Now? Some Turning Points
6.8. Policy Recommendations

7. The Role of Mass Media in Building Perceptions of EU-GCC Relations and Related Impacts,
Fatma Al-Araimi and Cinzia Bianco, p. 275-291
7.1. Contextualising EU-GCC Relations and the Role of the Media
7.2. The Voice of the Media
Policy Recommendations

Annexes, p. 293-334
Bibliography, p. 335-357

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