On 22-23 March in Brussels, ALDA, GEA Coop Sociale e ICEI – Istituto Cooperazione Economica Internazionale joined their forces to organise an event aimed at exchanging and promoting cross-fertilisation on the topic of migrants’ integration.

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The seminar “Employment, Culture, Participation: Re-shape European cities and communities for the effective inclusion of migrants” is part of ALDA’s initiative to reinforce the Europe for Citizens programme. “Europe for Citizens – One programme, 500 million voices” is the campaign that recalls EU citizens and institutions on the importance of dialogue and exchange in the process of policy-making at EU level.

The event brought together the experiences of three Europe for Citizens funded projects, with findings on employment, intercultural dialogue and participation. The activity was also a unique occasion to create synergies among beneficiaries of the programme and reflect on its added value for the European integration process by putting citizens at the centre of the action.

The two-day event was kicked off at the European Parliament with the support of MEP Gimenez Barbat, where over 40 participants had the opportunity to learn about the findings of the projects URGENT, BY-ME and the New European Citizens and let their voices be heard. Ideas and opinions from local authorities’ and civil society associations’ representatives were collected and debated with MEP Gimenez Barbat and Mr Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit for the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The second day opened the floor for a further exchange on the inclusion of migrants by taking stock of the inputs raised at the European Parliament. Three working groups were held at the Representation of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in Brussels in order to develop recommendations on migrants’ integration through employment, culture and participation. Participants are committed to further elaborate the first draft, following an inclusive online debate and hand the recommendations to EU institutions

The in-field visit to the Municipality of Etterbeek concluded the activity and was the occasion to analyse a set of good practices in a community particularly active in the migrants’ integration, as 40% of the Etterbeek population not being born in Belgium. Participants had the opportunity of exchanging experiences of the Cultural Centre ‘Le Senghor’, its programme “alpha/FLE”, the “living together” activities and other intercultural initiatives as well as on Etterbeek’s CPAS and “Corner of Regions” project.

On 22-23 March in Brussels, ALDA, GEA Coop Sociale and ICEI – Istituto Cooperazione Economica Internazionale joined their forces to organise an event aimed at exchanging and promoting cross-fertilisation on the topic of migrants’ integration.

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The seminar “Employment, Culture, Participation: Re-shape European cities and communities for the effective inclusion of migrants” is part of ALDA’s initiative to reinforce the Europe for Citizens programme. “Europe for Citizens – One programme, 500 million voices” is the campaign that recalls EU citizens and institutions on the importance of dialogue and exchange in the process of policy-making at EU level.

The event brought together the experiences of three Europe for Citizens funded projects, with findings on employment, intercultural dialogue and participation. The activity was also a unique occasion to create synergies among beneficiaries of the programme and reflect on its added value for the European integration process by putting citizens at the centre of the action.

The two-day event was kicked off at the European Parliament with the support of MEP Gimenez Barbat, where over 40 participants had the opportunity to learn about the findings of the projects URGENT, BY-ME and the New European Citizens and let their voices be heard. Ideas and opinions from local authorities’ and civil society associations’ representatives were collected and debated with MEP Gimenez Barbat and Mr Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit for the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The second day opened the floor for a further exchange on the inclusion of migrants by taking stock of the inputs raised at the European Parliament. Three working groups were held at the Representation of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in Brussels in order to develop recommendations on migrants’ integration through employment, culture and participation. Participants are committed to further elaborate the first draft, following an inclusive online debate and hand the recommendations to EU institutions

The in-field visit to the Municipality of Etterbeek concluded the activity and was the occasion to analyse a set of good practices in a community particularly active in the migrants’ integration, as 40% of the Etterbeek population not being born in Belgium. Participants had the opportunity of exchanging experiences of the Cultural Centre ‘Le Senghor’, its programme “alpha/FLE”, the “living together” activities and other intercultural initiatives as well as on Etterbeek’s CPAS and “Corner of Regions” project.