Successful experiences and promising practices from the 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize
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Migration has been a key issue in European affairs and media throughout 2016. Civil society has played a major role in supporting public authorities, which otherwise would have been unable to cope with the sheer number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe.
Civil society has played a vital role in contributing to a more humane migration crisis management. Without the response of various NGOs, charities and individuals, the tragic humanitarian situation which has unfolded in many European countries could have been much worse. The EESC position on migration …
The 10th Civil Society Media Seminar will be organised at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna from 24 to 25 November 2016, looking at how European institutions, member states, civil society and media are communicating migration and try to with the help of the speakers and an engaged audience to formulate useful advice for a clearer and more targeted communication to counteract polarisation within European societies and strengthen solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and within European Member States.
On 17-18 March 2016, students from schools in all 28 EU Member States and, for the first time, from the 5 EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say!. They came to debate an issue that has been one of the most important topics on the European political agenda for some time: migration and integration. The key question for this year’s event was “How can we better integrate migrants and refugees in our societies?”.
This booklet contains some of the European Economic and Social Committee's most recent opinions, representing its contribution to implementing immigration and integration policy across the European Union.
The European Integration Forum is a dialogue platform established by the European Commission in 2009 in conjunction with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The Forum has a maximum of 100 participants who meet twice a year in order to exchange information on the integration of thirdcountry nationals in the EU.
“Integration is a reality which migrants live at the workplace, at school, at the bus stop or the sports club. Because it is part of everyday life, civil society – which the EESC represents – has a vital role to play in promoting integration. This has been clearly recognised both by European institutions and civil society organisations which concretely consider the Committee as a bridge between the two of them.”
Luis Miguel Pariza Castaños, President of the Immigration and Integration (IMI) Standing Group
”Let’s not talk about the formal retirement age. What is important is the value we attach to the time we spend at work. In a truly inclusive labour market with high quality work, people will want to – and will be able to – stay active longer. Satisfied people are more productive and this should be fully recognised as a key factor for growth.”
Leila Kurki, President of the EESC’s Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship Section
"Immigration is one of the most important social and economic issues of our time. Women and men from far-off lands are forced to leave their homes in search of better and more acceptable standards of living for themselves and their families. When they get to Europe, the situation they land in is often difficult, particularly in these troubled times. This means that what could and should be a positive meeting of diverse peoples and cultures often ends up being a source of incomprehension, fear and tension.