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Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Van Maerlant Building, Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Draft agenda

Simultaneous interpretation requested from French, English, Italian, Danish, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Slovenian into French, English, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish

Sign language provided

09.00 a.m. | Registration

09.30 a.m. | Welcome and opening session

  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Emanuel Darmanin, Ministry For The Family and Social Solidarity, Maltese Presidency
  • Stephen Ryan, Deputy Head Of Unit for Asylum, DG HOME, European Commission
  • Irena Petraitienė, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights

10.00 a.m. | Panel 1 and debate The situation of refugees and asylum seekers with disability in Greece

Moderator: Ask Løvbjerg Abildgaard (EESC)

Panellists:

  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC
  • Ibrahim Al Hussein, refugee
  • Polyxeni Passa, UNHCR
  • Stavros Mirogiannis, Director of the Kara Tepe camp in Lesbos
  • Shantha Barriga, Head of Disability Section, Human Rights Watch

11.15 a.m. | Coffee break

11.30 a.m. | Panel 2 and debate What can the EU and civil society do to help vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers?

Moderator: Gunta Anča (EESC)

Panellists:

  • Leonor Nieto León, Head of Unit Policy Development and Regional Strategy I, DG ECHO, European Commission
  • Catherine Naughton, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Michele Levoy, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, President of the IMI Group, EESC

12.50 p.m. | Concluding remarks

  • Pavel Trantina, President of SOC Section, EESC
  • Irena Petraitienė, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability rights

01.00 p.m. | End of the hearing