European Professionals Network attended the Public Hearing on “Implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration”, held by the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee on the 2nd of May 2019. EPN also partecipated in the event, jointly with UNITEE, on behalf of the MAX project granted by the EC through AMIF funds.
The event “Implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration” focused on how the EU and its Member States can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. Two panels covered, on one hand, the views of relevant institutional stakeholders on what can and should be done at European level. On the other hand, the second panel focused on the role that social partners and civil society organisations can play in working towards achieving the compact’s objectives.
The event started with the intervention of José Antonio Moreno Diaz, who presented the EESC’s opinion on “Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Regular Migration” and pointed out the urgency of promoting an in-depth debate about the Global Compact at EU level. “The Global Compact represents a first step towards a multilateral governance of Migration and it is in totally accordance with EU values and art.2 TEU”, said José Antonio Moreno Diaz.
Maria Giovanna Manieri, Political Advisor on Migration and Asylum (Greens/EFA Group) at the European Parliament, highlighted several barriers impacting on the implementation of the Global Compact. Among these barriers the fact that the debate about Migration has been massively politicized and the lack of accurate data about migration flows and management systems across EU. In this respect, the proposal of the Knowledge Platform supported by UN “could represent a good, but not thorough, step” on Manieri’s view.
Disinformation and normalization were two of the keywords springing from the panel discussion. Panelists stated that it is indispensable to gather real data so that to counter fake news, to change the negative narrative about migration and, finally, to normalize the ongoing Migration debate.
09.30 a.m. – 09.45 a.m. – Welcome and opening session
- Séamus Boland, President of the Study Group on “Implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration based on EU values”, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
09.45 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. – Presentation of the EESC own-initiative opinion on Implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration based on EU values
- José Antonio Moreno Díaz, Rapporteur of the opinion
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. – Panel 1 and debate
Implementation of the Global Compact at a European level
- Ola Henrikson, Regional Director for International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) EEA, the European Union and NATO office
- Irene Wintermayr, Policy officer, Office for the European Union and the Benelux countries, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
- Maria Giovanna Manieri, Political Advisor on Migration and Asylum, Greens/EFA Group, European Parliament
11.15 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. – Panel 2 and debate
The contribution of organised civil society to achieving the Compact’s objectives
- Chidi King, Director of Equality Department, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- Stephane Jaquemet, Head of Policy, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
- Michele LeVoy, Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
- Anaïs Faure-Atger, Head of Unit – Migration, Red Cross EU Office
12.45 a.m. – 13.00 p.m. – Closing remarks
- José Antonio Moreno Diaz, Rapporteur of the opinion on Implementation of the Global Compact for safe orderly regular migration, EESC
@EurMigrForum #GlobalCompactMigration #migrationEU