EU funds provide a wide range of support to address the needs of people with a migrant background. Improving the coordination of different EU funding streams is a prerequisite to introduce integrated measures. This should further contribute to reducing inequality and ensuring equal treatment of people with a migrant background.
The objective of the workshop is to reinforce the coordination between different EU funds to support integration measures for people with a migrant background. The workshop will involve national and local authorities, which have developed coordinated methods with a tangible impact on integration, alongside representatives from the European Commission and civil society organisations. Various topics will be discussed in the moderated panel discussion, such as:
- How can the coordination of EU funds be further enhanced at national, regional and local level?
- What has been the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and what are possible policy responses?
- How efficient has the support provided by the EU Funds been to migrants?
- What are the main obstacles in accessing EU Funds for integration?
- How can people with a migrant background be effectively reached? What are the current gaps?
- How has civil society contributed to integration of migrants?
- What are recommendations for improvement in the next programming period?
- What is the impact of media misconceptions of migrants on policy making?
- What are the developments with the Pact on Migration and Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion?
Following the 2018 edition of the "Toolkit on the use of EU Funds for the integration of people with a migrant background", the workshop will also present the outline of the second volume of the Toolkit. This will reflect on the 2021-2027 legislative requirements and will also be complemented by a special focus on local level integration measures.
Andor Urmos, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, Belgium.
Jo De Cock, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, Belgium.
Asef Farjam, Former member, Migrant Advisory Board, Greece.
Andrea Leruste, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion,, Belgium.
Cosimo Palazzo, Director of Area of Rights, Inclusion and Projects, Social Policies Department, Municipality of Milan, Italy.
Lefteris Papagiannakis, Head of Advocacy Policy and Research, SolidarityNow, Greece.
Adriana Rosasco, Policy officer, General Directorate of Immigration and Integration Policies, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, Italy.
Marek Teplansky, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, Belgium.
European Commission - DG REGIO