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Agenda on Thursday, 24 November 2016




08:45 – 09:30



09:30 – 09:35

Welcome by Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, EESC Vice-President Communication


09:35 – 09:40

Welcome by Ambassador Hans Winkler,Head of the Diplomatic Academy and former State Secretary


09:40 – 09:55


  • Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Ambassador, Head of the Service- Section at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
  • Igor Slobodník, Ambassador-at-Large for Migration, Ministry of  Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic


09:55 – 10:20

Presentation of the LSE study on migration and the media

Dr Rafal Zaborowski, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science


10:20 – 10:30

Presentation – results of the EESC youth event Your Europe – Your Say (YEYS)  on "migration"


Austrian participants at YEYS:

Daniela, Diana and Nicole,  pupils at  HLW Kufstein/Tyrol


10:30  - 11:15

Introductory session

Moderated by Martin Nesirky, Director of UN Information Service, Vienna


  • Georges Dassis, President European Economic ad Social Committee  (EESC), Brussels
  • Michael O'Flaherty, Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
  • Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs,UNODC
  • Paul Bekkers, Ambassador, Office of the Secretary General of OSCE


11:15 – 11:30

Coffee break


11:30 – 13:00

Panel I: Communication on migrant smuggling in Europe and neighbouring countries

Moderated by Leonard Doyle Spokesperson/Head, Media & Communications IOM, former journalist Independent, Guardian, Observer


  • Ilias Chatzis, UNODC Chief of human trafficking and migrant smuggling section
  • Giampaolo Musumeci, journalist and author of the book "Bekenntnisse eines Menschenhändlers
  • Prince Wale Soniyiki, Founder and President of the African Society in Croatia, project manager, refugee from Nigeria
  • Georgi Stoev, Member of the EESC, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The panel will look at why migrant smuggling is still such a booming business and how organised crime has profited from the smuggling trade. It will analyse how governments have communicated on the role of smuggling networks and analyse the impact of government communication on the intensity of these flows of people.


13:00– 14:30

Lunch break


14:30– 16:00

Panel II:  The role of media and communication channels (including social media) in the migration and refugee "crisis"

Moderated by Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, chief-editor and co-publisher of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard


  • Bethany Bell, BBC Foreign Correspondent
  • Sabine Bohland, Head of the Nairobi office ARD
  • Luca Jahier, President EESC various interests group
  • William Spindler, UNHCR Senior Communications Officer, Europe

This panel will focus on the exceptional high number of arrivals of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants – often called "migration crisis" - and how governments, civil society and media communicate on this phenomenon and its impact on domestic public opinion.


16:00– 16:15

Wrap up of the day by Vice-President Gonçalo Lobo Xavier



Agenda on Friday, 25 November 2016
Time Subject


09:00 – 09:05

Welcome by Goncalo Lobo Xavier, EESC Vice-President Communication


09:05– 09:10

Welcome by Peter Florianschütz, Head of the Town Council Committee for European and International Affairs of the City of Vienna


09:10– 09:30

Introductory session in form of moderated interviews:

Moderated by Cathrin Kahlweit, Head of Vienna office of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe


  • Muna Duzdar,    State Secretary for Diversity, Public Administration and Digital Agenda at the Austrian Chancellery
  • Erich Foglar, President of the Austrian Trade Union Federation
  • Martin Gleitsmann,  Head of the Department for Social Policy and Health, Federal Chamber of Economy


09:30– 11:00

Panel III: Communication on Integration

Moderated by: Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Communication and Outreach at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights


  • Muhammad Manwar Ali (Abu Muntasir) founder and chief executive of JIMAS; chaplain for University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk New College
  • Gabriella De Francesco,  Operational Coordinator for refugee centre, City of Mechelen/Belgium
  • Tania Kambouri, German Policewoman and author of the book "Deutschland im Blaulicht – Notruf einer Polizistin"
  • Arzu Toker, Journalist and writer
  • Pavel Trantina, President SOC Section

This panel will look at how the integration of migrants is being communicated by governments, civil society and the media.  It will look in particular at the issue of Muslim migrants and refugees and their integration.  It will assess how communication could be used to contribute towards the integration of migrants into society.


11:00– 11:15

Coffee Break


11:15– 12:45

Panel IV: The role of policy makers in communicating the "migration crisis"

Moderated by Patrick Leusch, Managing Director of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum


  • Sören Bauer, Senior Communication & Knowledge Officer, EUROMED, Migration IV, ICMPD
  • Gabriele Bischoff, President of the EESC Workers Group
  • Malte Kjems,  Head of Communication at the Danish Think Tank in Europe
  • Haydée Sabéran, Journalist and Columnist at the French newspaper Libération
  • Aidan White, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethical Journalism Network, former Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists

This panel will look at how governments and policy-makers have communicated their decisions and policies on migration and refugees, through the media and social media, focusing in particular on success stories and challenges in communication.


12:45– 13:00



Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, EESC Vice-President for Communication



Lunch - End of the event




Presentation: EESC Seminar "Communicating Migration"