The Arab-European Citizens’ Dialogue

OACThe Arab-European Citizens’ Dialogue continues. The 5th Consultation, under the title “Societies in Transition: Active Citizenship – Where can it make a difference?” is scheduled to take place in the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolympari (near the city of Chania) from Wednesday to Saturday, 9- 12 March 2016.

The 5th Dialogue Conference is organized jointly by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), Oikosnet Europe, the Sigtuna Foundation and the Orthodox Academy of Crete. After the last Dialogue Conference in Brussels (November 2014), the Arab-European Citizens’ Dialogue has gone through a period of reflection and restructuring. Recent events, both in Europe and in the Arab world, vividly illustrate the need to continue this dialogue.

It is now Oikosnet Europe, the Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Training Centres in Europe, which has become the European partner for CEOSS. A concept note for the Dialogue has been drafted and is still under discussion. In addition, a new International Steering Committee has been established.

A pre-invitation will be distributed shortly to all those who have been part of, or expressed interest in, this dialogue. For more information about this project in general, contact Rüdiger Noll ( or Alf Linderman ( For more information about the Crete event in March next year, contact Katerina Karkala Zormpas (


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