EU Funds for integration - How can we better support people with a migrant background?

24 January 2018 - Brussels


01.30 p.m. – 02.30 p.m.   Registration

02.30 p.m. – 03.00 p.m.   Opening remarks

Moderator: Cristian Pîrvulescu, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration

  • Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility (video message)
  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee

03.00 p.m. – 03.15 p.m.   Launch of the toolkit

  • Wallis Goelen Vandebrock, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

03.15 p.m. –  04.00 p.m.   Panel 1: Synergies between policies and EU funds

Moderator: Irini Pari, Member of the Employers Group, EESC

  • Keynote speaker: Grzegorz Galewski, Programme Manager - EU policies, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs
  • Respondent 1: Marie-Anne Paraskevas, Senior Policy Expert, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Respondent 2: Pauliina Eskola, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

Open floor discussion

04.00 p.m. – 04.30 p.m.   Coffee break

04.30 p.m. – 05.15 p.m.   Panel 2: Breaking the social and spatial isolation of people with a migrant background

Moderator: José Antonio Moreno Diaz, Member of the Workers Group, EESC

  • Keynote speaker: Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director Migration and Integration, Migration Policy Group
  • Respondent 1:  Sabrina Le Noach, Migration Officer, Red Cross EU Office
  • Respondent 2: Quentin Richard, First Officer (Deputy Director), ERDF Unit, Brussels-Capital Region

Open floor discussion

05.15 p.m. – 05.30 p.m.   Closing remarks

Interpretation requested from EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, EL, PT, HU and RO into EN, FR, DE, IT, ES


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