On the 1st of December, the Helsinki Policy Forum Steering Group convened in Helsinki with the participation of government officials from Europe and the Gulf-MENA region. Discussions focused on ongoing political events in the region and how to best support regional dialogue. Shared analysis on common interests were identified and participants noted the importance of working across borders and between regions to work towards the future prosperity of the region.

The Forum acts as a space for informal interaction between officials in the Europe and the Gulf-MENA region that complements other ongoing discussions.