Programme

Réunion extraordinaire du Bureau du Groupe "Diversité Europe"

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10.00 a.m.        Registration & coffee

10.30 a.m.   Welcome by Mr Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee  (EESC) 

10.35 a.m. - 12.15 a.m. The political dimension 

  • Chair: Ms Jane Morrice, Member of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC specialised in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, former EESC Vice-President responsible for Communication, former Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and former EC representative to Northern Ireland
  • Rt Hon Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP at the UK Parliament, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 
  • Mr Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Sinn Féin Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA), former Lord Mayor of Belfast and former Minister of Finance 
  • Mr Michael Nesbitt, Ulster Unionist Party Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) and former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
  •  Q & A

12.15 - 1.15 p.m. Lunch hosted by the President of the Diversity Europe Group 

1.15 - 3 p.m. The perspective of academia and civil society 

  • ChairMr Séamus Boland, Vice-President of the Diversity Group of the EESC and CEO of the Irish Rural Link, Chairperson of the Irish Peatlands Council and of Pobal
  • Professor David Phinnemore, Professor of European Politics, Queen's University
  • Dr Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology, Queen's University
  • Mr John Bryan, Member of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC, Chairman of the EU Commission's Sheep Reflection Group, former President of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) and former Vice-President of COPA-COGECA responsible for trade
  • Mr Séamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
  • Q & A

3 - 3.35 p.m. Keynote speech by Mr Brian Cowen, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland with an introduction by Mr Séamus Boland, Vice-President of the Diversity Group of the EESC and CEO of the Irish Rural Link, Chairperson of the Irish Peatlands Council and of Pobal

  • Q & A

3.35 p.m. The way forward 

  • Ms Dilyana Slavova, President of the External Relations Section of the EESC and Member of the Diversity Europe Group
  • Mr Michael Smyth, Chairman of Habinteg Housing Association, Member of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC, former EESC Vice-President responsible for the Budget 

3.40 p.m. Concluding remarks by Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC 

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