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Final Programme

 

9.30 a.m. – 9.45 a.m. | Opening remarks by the President of the REX/452 Study Group on the "EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020)" and by the Rapporteur of the EESC opinion (ongoing), Ms. Brenda King

9.45 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Keynote Speaker: Martina Hanke, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Liaison Office in Brussels (tbc)

10 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. | SESSION I - "Emergency Tools for legal migration in times of crisis" - Chair: President of the REX/452 Study Group

Speakers:

  • Marc RICHIR, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Home, Dir A.1 Interinstitutional Relations and Citizenship
  • Aspasia PAPADOPOULOU, Senior Policy Officer, European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE)
  • Olivier JENARD, Deputy Director, Red Cross EU Office

Debate

11.15 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. | Coffee break

11.30 a.m. - 12.45 pm. | SESSION II – "Return Policy as a deterrent to migrant smuggling" - Chair: President of the REX/452 Study Group

Speakers:

  • Fabian LUTZ, Policy Officer,  European Commission, DG Home, Dir C.1 Irregular migration and Return Policy
  • Kadri SOOVA, Advocacy Officer, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Sacha CHAN KAM, Regional Thematic Specialist AVRR, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for the EEA, EU and NATO

Debate

12.45 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Summary of discussions and closing remarks by the President of the REX/452 Study Group