Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mr Dimitrios KALOGEROPOULOS (EL/EPP - CIVEX)

17/10/2011   10h30 - 13h00| Committee of the Regions - Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels - Room JDE 53

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on the attached communication from the European Commission on the renewed "European Agenda for Integration of Third Country Nationals" COM (2011) 455 final.

´´Local and regional authorities play a crucial role in implementing integration policies, which can be described as a multidimensional and multidisciplinary process of interaction between immigrants and the receiving society.

The recent communication of the European Commission emphasises that integration happens primarily at the local level and thus recognises the important role of cities and regions in this process. The involvement of local and regional actors in the definition of integration policies within the framework of EU programmes, through a strategic partnership with the Committee of the Regions, is one of the communication's key recommendations.

In its own initiative opinion on local and regional authorities at the forefront of integration policies (CdR 212/2008 fin) the Committee of the Regions advocated for a holistic approach to integration taking into account not only the economic and social aspects of integration but also issues relating to historical, cultural and religious diversity, citizenship, political rights and the civic engagement of legal migrants. It also recommended the application of multi-level governance in the implementation of integration policies.

In view of the preparation of the opinion on the renewed European Agenda for Integration, the Rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos (EL/EPP), Member of the CIVEX Commission of the CoR and Municipal Councillor of Aigaleo, together with his expert Mr Athanasios Goumas are coming to Brussels and would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for an exchange of views.

The consultation will take place on:

Monday 17 October 2011, 10h30 to 13h00

At the premises of the Committee of the Regions (Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)

Room JDE 53 

The discussion will be held in Greek, the mother tongue of the Rapporteur, and interpretation will be provided from/into English and from French. The discussion will focus on issues raised in the rapporteur's working document for the CIVEX commission, which will be made available before the meeting.  

The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. In addition, if you have any position papers touching upon the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by email to the addresses below.

For more information, please contact our team:

• For the CIVEX Commission: Mr. Emmanouil Dardoufas, tel: +32 2 282 2502
• For Relations with stakeholders: Mr. Peter Verlinden +32 2 282 2170

Please note that the CoR will not provide paper copies of the documents for the meeting, in an effort to reduce paper waste.


Contact Person: Mr Emmanouil Dardoufas
Organizer: CIVEX Commission
Phone - Mobile: +32 2 282 2502 -  
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