Following a process of close and long collaboration between Tunisian authorities and civil society organisations in recent years, Tunisia joined the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe In the thrust to foster dialogue between North and South.
Concrete examples of this partnership are the initiatives to support Tunisia democratic transition starting in 2014/2015 with the roundtable “From constitutional transition to democratic transition: Lessons to be learned from the Tunisia example” and the follow up meeting under the theme: « Financing of electoral campaigns: a challenge for the electoral processes in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean », both in the framework of the Lisbon Forum 2014.
More recently, in April 2016, and on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution , a conference was held in Lisbon to debate the key issues of democracy, security and development and offer support to the democratic transition process underway.
Another concrete example of this fruitful collaboration is the MedUni, the youngest sister of the Network of Universities, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the National Youth Observatory of Tunisia. With the aim of promoting competences’ development and empowerment of young people both from Europe and from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, the MedUni is held every year since 2013, in Hammamet, and gathers over 100 young people and youth led organisations.
As of December 2016, Tunisia joins a list of 19 countries who share the purpose to promote gender empowerment, youth participation and democratic consolidation through intercultural dialogue in cooperation with civil society, local authorities, governments and parliaments.
NCS activities focus on promoting and transmitting the values of democracy and human rights that are central to the Council of Europe's mission in the southern neighbourhood.
Currently, the North-South Centre of the CoE’s member States are Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Holy See, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Spain