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9.30-10.00 a.m.    Registration and coffee

10.00 -10.30 a.m.    Opening session

  • Mr Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mrs Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Demography and Democracy, European Commission (tbc)
  • Mr Josip Alardović, minister,  Ministry of Labour and Pension System (tbc)
  • Mr Mario Šiljeg, State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy
  • Mrs Helena Beus, Head of Office, Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs
  • Mrs Emina Bužinkić, president of the Council for civil society development (via video message)

10.30-12  p.m.    Panel 1:  Civic Space in the European Union

Moderator: Mrs Lidija Pavić, EESC member, Director of Croatian civil society organisation ODRAZ, Sustainable Community Development, board member of the Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR)

  • Mr Ionut Sibian, Executive Director, Civil Society Development Foundation, Romania; EESC member
  • Mrs Slađana Novota, Director; SMART (Association for Civil Society Development)
  • Mr Igor Vidačak, University Professor, International Consultant; University of Zagreb · Faculty of Political Science

12-12.30 p.m.    Coffee break

12.30-2.00 p.m.    Panel 2: Solidarity in practice

Moderator: Mrs Marina Škrabalo, EESC member, Senior adviser - Policy research, advocacy and education related to issues of participatory democracy, human rights and good governance in Croatia as well as in the countries of the former Yugoslavia

  • Mr José Antonio Moreno Diaz, EESC member, Lawyer – Legal Advisor on Immigration, Asylum and Integration Issues; President of the EESC Group on Fundamental rights and the Rule of Law
  • Mr Gordan Bosanac, CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity
  • Mr Tvrtko Barun, Country Director Jesuit Refugee Service


2.00-3.00 p.m.    Lunch

3.00-4.30 p.m.    Panel 3: Sustainable development and Green Deal

Moderator: Mr Toni Vidan, EESC member, Head of the energy programme, Green Action/Friends of the Earth Croatia – civil society organisation for environmental protection

  • Mr Cillian Lohan, EESC member, Green Economy Foundation, Ireland
  • Mrs Jagoda Munic, Friends of the Earth, Brussels
  • Mr Dražen Šimleša, scientist and researcher in field of Social Entrepreneurship at the Institute for social sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb


4.30-5 p.m.    Conclusion remarks


  • Mrs Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Demography and Democracy, European Commission (tbc)

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