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Living together in our Europe Brussels, Belgium


Tuesday 31 May 2016

10.30 a.m.               Registration & welcome coffee

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.      Opening session

  • Welcome by Georges Dassis, EESC President
  • Gesine Schwan, President and co-founder of the Humboldt-Viadrina governance platform
    Keynote speech: Reinventing Europe or a Europe of fear and regression?
  • Discussion with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society, moderated by Monika Hoegen, journalist.
    • Cécile Kyenge, Rapporteur for the Report on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration, European Parliament

    • Emmanuelle Grange, Head of Unit 'Disability and Inclusion' European Commission

    • Conny Reuter, Co-President of the EESC Liaison Group

The opening session serves as an introduction to the workshops, setting the topics and challenges to be addressed.

1 p.m.                     Lunch break

2.30 – 5.30 p.m.     Integration and inclusion

  • Setting the scene: Christa Schweng, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on integration of refugees in the EU

Parallel workshops on

  • Workshop 1: Education and youth (Atrium 6)
  • Workshop 2: Social integration and the role of CSO (JDE 62)
  • Workshop 3: Responses to the root causes of migration (JDE 63)

For details on the workshop programmes, see the related documents below.


5.30 p.m.         Evening reception

  • Human Rights Youth Organization (HRYO) presenting "Intercultulasm: a New resource for Europe", a project involving migrants in social enterprises in Sicily.


Wednesday 1 June 2016


9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Between security and freedom - a societal balance 

  • Prof. Mauro Magatti, Università Cattolica di Milano

                           Keynote speech: 'On a fundamental rights perspective and balance'


Discussion with participants, moderated by Monika Hoegen, journalist

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Parallel workshops on

  • Workshop 4: Freedom of expression (JDE 63)
  • Workshop 5: Freedom of movement (reestablishment of borders, social security entitlements and legal rights for EU mobile citizens) (Atrium 6)
  • Workshop 6: Living together … or in parallel societies: How can civil society help prevent marginalisation and radicalisation? How to preserve our freedoms in face of increasing security threats? (JDE 62)

For details on the workshop programmes, see the related documents below.

1 – 2.30 p.m.       Lunch break

2.30 – 4 p.m.       Closing session

  • Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament and president of the European Movement International
  • Paul Dujardin, Chief Executive Officer – Artistic Director of BOZAR, in charge of Imagine Europe - In search of New Narratives
  • Responses from the workshop organisers, linking to workshop results, with Irini Pari, EESC, Anthony Valcke, EU Rights Clinic and Gabriella Civico (CEV), among others.
  • Closing remarks by Conny Reuter


Detailed written reports from the workshops will be published on the website after the conference.