Towards a more inclusive labour market for migrants: Seizing the potential by addressing the challenges

Brussels, EESC building, rue Belliard 99-101
6-7 March 2018



Tuesday 6 March

12.30 – 01.50 p.m.  

Entrance & Atrium 6

Security check and registration of participants

Networking lunch

02.00 - 02.30 p.m.

Room JDE 62

Opening statements - moderated by Irini Pari (member of the Bureau of the European Migration Forum on behalf of the EESC):

- Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

- Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee

02.30 - 03.15 p.m.

Session 1 - Successfully integrating into the labour market - moderated by José Antonio Moreno Díaz (member of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration):

- Testimony by Maria Lourdes Gernan

- Testimony by Ramin Shadani

- Remarks by Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director for the EEA, the EU and NATO, International Organisation for Migration

03.15 - 03.30 p.m.

Starting together: introduction to the working method by Justyna Głodowska-Wernert, European Commission

change of rooms (& coffee available during workshops)

03.45 – 05.45 p.m.  

Atrium 5, JDE 62, JDE 63,
& JDE 3252

Parallel workshops

- Workshop 1a: How to foster a multi-stakeholder approach in the labour market integration?

- Workshop 2a: Recognising and developing skills - best practices

- Workshop 3a: Addressing the issue of irregular migrants in the labour market

- Workshop 4a: Tackling discrimination and promoting diversity at the workplace

06.00 - 07.30 p.m.

Atrium 6

Networking reception

Marketplace of projects/best practice – Stands of NGOs and DG HOME


Wednesday 7 March

08.00 - 09.00 a.m.


Security check of all participants

09.00 - 09.30 a.m.

JDE 62

Presentation of the candidates for the Forum Bureau

Starting with remarks by the outgoing Bureau members: Pablo Rojas Coppari and Saïd Elouizi, moderated by Irini Pari

Coffee available already during the presentation of the candidates

09.30 - 10.45 a.m.

JDE 62

Session 2 - Access to EU funding - moderated by Sean Klein

Presentation followed by an exchange of views on current and future funding needs

- Jean-Marc Roirant, EESC rapporteur on funding of CSOs by the EU

- Beate Gminder, Director, DG HOME, European Commission

- Catherine Woollard, Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

- Silvia Ganzerla, Policy Director, EUROCITIES

Change of rooms (& coffee available during workshops)

11.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.

Atrium 5, JDE 3252, JDE 62
JDE 63

Parallel workshops

- Workshop 1b: Concrete solutions for a better cooperation at the local level

- Workshop 2b: Matching refugees skills with labour market needs

- Workshop 3b: Preventing labour exploitation and ensuring decent working conditions

- Workshop 4b: Promoting entrepreneurship among migrants and supporting social economy

12.45 - 02.00 p.m.

Atrium 6

Lunch – with time to cast the vote in the Forum Bureau elections

02.00 - 03.30 p.m.

Atrium 5 (starting point), JDE63, Foyer 6, JDE62

The floor is yours - participants suggest further topics to be discussed in small focus groups

03.30 - 03.45 p.m.

Announcement of the results of the Forum Bureau elections, by Irini Pari

03.45 - 06.00 p.m.

JDE 62


Interactive debate on the results of the Forum, moderated by Sean Klein

4 Forum participants report back from the workshops' discussion of both days

- Simon Mordue, Deputy Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

- Claude Moraes, Member of European Parliament, Chair of the LIBE Committee

- Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgarian Presidency

- Barbara Duden, Chair of Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX), Committee of Regions

- Menno Bart, representative of The Adecco Group

Final remarks by Cristian Pîrvulescu, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration



All the sessions held in room JDE62 are interpreted from and into EN, FR, DE, ES and IT.

The workshops are held mainly in English, with possibility to obtain assistance of an interpreter in FR, ES, IT and DE.








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