It also provides external international experts and scientists the possibility of discussing topics of interest with specific EU institutions and agencies in order to further develop and strengthen cooperation between the EU and a range of targeted countries. The programme is currently implemented virtually (online) and managed by the European Parliament.
The Secretariat was the first in line of a number of EU-related agencies and institutions requested by the European Parliament to provide visiting Lebanese expert, Ms Jessica Obeid, with an overview of the Energy Charter Process. Lebanon has a good history of relations with the Energy Charter process, long being slated within the context of the policy of Consolidation, Expansion and Outreach (CONEXO) as a country of interest. This briefing provided the Lebanese visiting expert with an opportunity to learn more about the members and observers of the Energy Charter Treaty, the Treaty accession process, and relations between the Energy Charter Conference and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Secretariat experts, Dr Marat Terterov, Head of the Expansion Unit, and Mr Nidal Tayeh, also from the Expansion Unit, participated in the session on behalf of the Secretariat.