Draft agenda

Simultaneous interpretation requested from French, English, Italian, Danish, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Slovenian into French, English, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish

Sign language provided

09.00 a.m. | Registration

09.30 a.m. | Welcome and opening session

  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Emanuel Darmanin, Ministry For The Family and Social Solidarity, Maltese Presidency
  • Stephen Ryan, Deputy Head Of Unit for Asylum, DG HOME, European Commission
  • Irena Petraitienė, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights

10.00 a.m. | Panel 1 and debate The situation of refugees and asylum seekers with disability in Greece

Moderator: Ask Løvbjerg Abildgaard (EESC)


  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC
  • Ibrahim Al Hussein, refugee
  • Polyxeni Passa, UNHCR
  • Stavros Mirogiannis, Director of the Kara Tepe camp in Lesbos
  • Shantha Barriga, Head of Disability Section, Human Rights Watch

11.15 a.m. | Coffee break

11.30 a.m. | Panel 2 and debate What can the EU and civil society do to help vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers?

Moderator: Gunta Anča (EESC)


  • Leonor Nieto León, Head of Unit Policy Development and Regional Strategy I, DG ECHO, European Commission
  • Catherine Naughton, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Michele Levoy, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, President of the IMI Group, EESC

12.50 p.m. | Concluding remarks

  • Pavel Trantina, President of SOC Section, EESC
  • Irena Petraitienė, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability rights

01.00 p.m. | End of the hearing


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