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Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities in the European Union: Challenges and Prospects

Location:Brussels, Belgium
Date:December 03, 2007 - December 04, 2007

On December 3 and 4, 2007 the High Level Advisory Group of Experts concluded its work with a final conference. The purpose of this event was the official presentation of the Group's report and its recommendations as well as a broad political debate on the Group's findings.

More information:
- IZA Study on the Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities
- High Level Group Report "An Urgent Call for Better Social Inclusion"


Monday, December 03:

14:00 - 15:00   Arrival and Registration

15:00 - 15:30   Opening of the conference
Commissioner Vladimír Špidla and President Rita Süssmuth

15:29       Moderated Panel:
15:30 - 17:00   "The inclusion of ethnic minorities - a challenge for Europe"
Moderation: Robin Sclafani (Director CEJI)

Commissioner Vladimír Špidla
President Rita Süssmuth
Claude Moraes (MEP)
Viktoria Mohácsi (MEP)
Livia Járóka (MEP)
Bashy Quraishy, Lee Jasper (Members of the HLG)
Klaus Zimmermann (Director IZA)

17:00 - 17:30   Coffee Break

17:29       Presentation of the report of the ENAR ad-hoc expert group:
17:30 - 18:00   Report on the ENAR ad-hoc expert group on social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged ethnic and religious minorities
Pascale Charhon (ENAR) and Michelynne Laflčche (Runnymede Trust)

17:59       Panel:
18:00 - 19:00   "Public Policy"
Chair: Madi Sharma (EESC)

Ilze Brands Kehris, Istvan Sertő-Radics (Members of the HLG)
Jozef de Witte (Belgian Center for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism)
John Wrench (FRA)
Chris Burston (Department for Work and Pensions)
Medardus Huemer (Bavarian Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs, Families and Women)

19:00 - 21:00   Reception and Walking Dinner

Tuesday, December 04:

08:59       Key Note Speech:
09:00 - 09:30   "The future of diversity management - a global perspective"
Douglas Freeman (Virtcom Consulting)

09:29       Panel:
09:30 - 10:30   "Businesses and Good Practice"
Chair: Douglas Freeman (Virtcom Consulting)

Tarja Summa (Member of the HLG)
Olajobi Makinwa (UN Global Compact)
Elmar Brok (MEP)(Bertelsmann AG)
Andrea Ferenczi (Association for Women's Career Development in Hungary)
Elena Brandalise (Migrationsrat Berlin Brandenburg)
Ralf Drachenberg (UEAPME)

10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break

10:59       Panel:
11:00 - 12:00   "Inclusion of Roma - Lessons to be learned"
Chair: Ivan Ivanov (ERIO)

Andrzej Mirga, José Fresno, Jarmila Balážová (Members of the HLG)
André Wilkens (Open Society Institute)
Valeriu Nicolae (ERGO)
12:00 - 12:30   Closing
Belinda Pyke, European Commission, Director for Equal Opportunities (DG EMPL/G)

12:30 - 14:00   Lunch and Departure

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