Centres of Thematic Expertise (CoTEs) has since January 2015 provided policy advice and thematic support to geographical units, EU delegations and DG NEAR senior management. A key role for each CoTE is to animate thematic networks across the DG and Delegations. For that purpose, CoTEs regularly organize networking meetings on specific thematic issues in order to disseminate information, update on policy developments and exchange ideas and good practices. We should have organized 11 planned internal and external meetings for Centers of Thematic Expertise (CoTEs) in Brussels with 45 – 100 participants in Brussels and neighborhood countries. However, due to the COVID-19 situation only 3 meetings were successfully organized.

Civil Society Network meeting, 11 February 2020, Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Brussels, Belgium – Annual Forum of EU Focal Points for Human Rights, Democracy and Civil Society. We provided logistical support to the speakers participating to the Forum.