On October 1st CEPS hosted the kick-off meeting of a new project – the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES). Led by CEPS, in close collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Slovenia, the consortium includes the Free University of Berlin and several universities from the North African Mediterranean region. The project aims to support and expand economic research and dialogue for renewed socio-economic development in the framework of the Euro-Med partnership. Its main focus is on employment creation and its linkages with trade, social inclusion and sustainable development. The project also intends to expand the links among economic research institutions with a view to creating a true network of young researchers with common interests in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. Its results will be disseminated throughout the academic community and, above all, to policy-makers and socio-economic agents in the region. The project is supported by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation.