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9:30-10:05    Opening session

Welcome

  • Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk – Director of the National Freedom Institute – Centre for Civil Society Development in Poland

Introduction to the discussion

  • Prof. Piotr Gliński – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Culture and National Heritage, President of the Public Benefit Committee in Poland

10:05-11:40    Session 1: State of play and development paths for volunteering in the European Union

Moderator: Krzysztof Balon, Vice-President of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee

  • Gabriella Civico, Director, European Volunteer Centre (CEV) – Contemporary volunteering in Europe
  • PhD Anna Lubrańska, Lecturer, University of Łódź, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Institute of Psychology - Motives of modern-day volunteers from the point of view of generational differences 
  • Lucas Meijs, professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University - From single to dual volunteer management
  • Anna Knapp, Social Surveys Department, Statistics Poland - Volunteering in Poland in the light of research by Statistics Poland 
  • Piotr Krygiel, Deputy Director, National Freedom Institute - Long-term volunteering - the need for institutional support from the state

Discussion and responses from speakers

11:40-13:00    Session 2: International volunteering

Moderator: Weronika Najda, Deputy Director, National Freedom Institute

  • Maria Szilak, Vice-President responsible for public relations, AIESEC Polska - Engaging Youth by Youth for the Global Goals
  • Melanie Jacobs, European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre - European Solidarity Corps - Past results and future prospects
  • Maciej Grzemski, Warmińsko-Mazurskie regiment of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association - Volunteering for the benefit of the Eastern Partnership countries - opportunities and challenges
  • Gabriella Civico, Director, European Volunteer Centre (CEV) - Voluntourism - is it volunteering?
  • Joanna Mackieło and Beata Sobusiak, volunteers, SALVATOR missionary volunteering - Volunteers in the world’s poorest regions - experience of working in slums in the Philippines

Discussion and responses from speakers

13:00-14:00    Lunch hosted by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

14:00-15:20    Session 3: Support by public authorities for organisations and volunteers 

Moderator: Dariusz Pietrowski, Head of the Solidarity Corps Programme Office, National Freedom Institute

  • Michael Tetzlaff, Director-General for Democracy and Civic Engagement, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany - The Federal Volunteer Service (BFD) and the Voluntary Social Service Year (FSJ) - two German examples for public sponsored volunteering
  • PhD Stanisław Burdziej, Co-founder and Board Member, Court Watch Foundation - Court Watch volunteers in Polish courts - new opportunities created by the Civil Society Organisations Development Programme
  • Aneta Smulczyńska - Coordinator of projects carried out in Odrowążek parish - Citizens Initiatives Fund as a tool for supporting local voluntary activities - the experience of Odrowążek parish
  • Gabriella Civico, Director, European Volunteer Centre (CEV) – The role of local authorities in supporting volunteering - the European Volunteering Capitals examples
  • Anna Nowosad, Head of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, and Filip Rudolf, Scoutmaster, NKIH (independent circle of scout/guide instructors) "Leśna Szkółka" - The importance of the Scout Movement Development Programme

Discussion and responses from speakers  

15:20-16:50    Session 4: New forms and trends in volunteering 

Moderator: Krzysztof Pater – President of the Labour Market Observatory and Member of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee

  • Hervé Roqueplan, Grand Est regional director, Unis-Cité – the pioneering civic service association in France
  • Aleksandra Belina, Coordinator, Good Network Foundation - E-volunteering: idea and practice 
  • Lidia Stotko, volunteer guardian, and Dominika Szczepanek and Damian Niesłony, volunteer coordinators – Gen. Stefan Rowecki "Grota" Economic School in Opole – Student volunteering as a tool for comprehensive development of young people
  • Mirosława Widurek, President of the association "Dla Równości" (For Equality) in Draganowa - Senior - A volunteer far from the centre 
  • Piotr Wasilewski, Co-president of the Young Generation Dialogue Council - Youth Municipality Council - A new area for developing voluntary activities
  • Dorota Szostek-Rustecka, Head of the Board, Kronenberg Foundation - Citi employee volunteering - 15 years of building employee engagement
  • Dr. Diana Indjova, Member of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee and Co-Chairperson, GDM Washington - Local Community based volunteering - experience from the USA in Europe

Discussion and responses from speakers

16:50-16:55    Introduction to the Friday study visit

  • Paulina Podpora, project coordinator, SOS Food Bank in Warsaw
  • Teresa Tiszbierek, Vice-President of the General Board, Polish Union of Volunteer Fire Brigades and member of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee

16:55-17:10    Summing up

  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk - Director of the National Freedom Institute - Centre for Civil Society Development in Poland
  • Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee
     

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