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27 October    

2 – 2.30 p.m.          Registration


2.30 – 2.45 p.m.   Opening session

  •  Michael Smyth, EESC Vice-President


2.45 – 5.00 p.m.   Cooperation with third countries on legal migration and mobility

  • Dilyana Slavova, Chair of the EESC External Relations Section, moderator
  • María Luisa Casado López, Legal Migration and Integration Unit, DG HOME (European Commission)
  • Jacqueline Mugo, Secretary General, Business Africa
  • Claire Courteille, Director of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Brussels Office

Debate with contributions from participants


5.15 – 5.30 p.m.    The 11 and 12 November Valetta Summit of Heads of States on migration: themes, state of affairs and expectations

  • Keynote Speaker: H. E. Ambassador Pierre Vimont, former EEAS Secretary-General and EU Special Envoy for the Valletta Summit


5.30 – 6.00 p.m.    Questions & Answers

28 October

9.30 – 12.30 p.m.    Fight against smuggling and trafficking of human beings

  • Daniel Gad, Ethiopian Horticulture Cooperative, moderator
  • Pascal Reyntjens, Chief of Belgium & Luxembourg Mission, International Organisation for Migration
  • Brenda King, ACP Follow-up Committee member and EESC rapporteur on smuggling and trafficking of human beings
  • Abdeljali Cherkaoui, Coordinator African Network of Social Solidarity Economy

Debate with contributions from participants


12.30 –2.30 p.m.     Lunch


2.30 – 5.00 p.m.      Tackling the root causes of forced displacement and irregular migration

  • Carlos Manuel Trindade, EESC ACP Follow-Up Committee Member, moderator
  • Joseph Chilengi, President of the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Committee (AU ECOSOCC)
  • Françoise Moreau, Head of Unit EU-Africa Partnership, DG DEVCO (European Commission)
  • Ralph Genetzke, Head of Mission, International Centre for Migration Policy Development

Debate with contributions from participants


5.15 - 6.00 p.m.   Closing and adoption of declaration

  • Yves Somville, Chair of the ACP Follow-Up Committee