Public hearing on the “Improving the equality in the EU”

Remote event via Interactio, online platform - Wednesday, 25 May 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m. | Log on to platform / Interactio testing for speakers

09.30 a.m. - 09.40 a.m. | Welcome and introduction

  • Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, EESC Study group President

09.40 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. | Panel I – State of play

Moderator: Ozlem Yildirim, EESC Rapporteur

  • Antero Kiviniemi, Senior Policy Officer, Unit D1: Non-Discrimination and Roma coordination, European Commission DG Justice and Consumers
  • Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head a.i. of the Equality, Roma and Social Rights Unit, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) – on line
  • Tamás Kádár, Co-Director, European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) – on line
  • Isabelle Chopin, Director of the Migration Policy Group, Specialist Coordinator of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination – on line

Q & A

10.45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. | Break

11.15 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. | Panel II - The way forward

Moderator: Cristian Pîrvulescu, EESC Co-Rapporteur

  • Patrick Charlier, Co-Director, UNIA / Centre interfédéral pour l’égalité des chances (Belgium)
  • Kim l. Smouter Umans, Director, European Network against Racism (ENAR)
  • Vladimíra Drbalová, Senior Advisor on EU Affairs and International organisations, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SPCR) – on line
  • Wouter Zwysen, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) on line

 Q & A

12.30 p.m. - 12.45 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Ozlem Yildirim, EESC Rapporteur
  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, EESC Co-Rapporteur

Intepretation requested from and into English, French, Romanian and Spanish.