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During the conference, representatives from International institutions, local and national authorities and academics will discuss several important aspects of the situation of children in migration in Europe. In addition to that, grassroots will run workshops in smaller groups, addressing the challenges from the field and presenting promising practices developed.

In particular, we will address how the Commission communication on protecting children in migration is implemented by local authorities and the progress achieved, one year after its publication.

The conference will be attended by her Majesty Queen Paola, member of the Patron’s Council of Missing Children Europe.

DATE MEETING TIME SCHEDULE
11/04/2018

Morning sessions
Registration
Please bring your ID and note that for security reasons we will have to close the doors at 8.50, therefore no participant will be accepted afterwards
08.15 – 08.50 BIP
Place Royale 11
1000 Brussels
Welcoming
Ruth Farrugia, The President Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.
Federica Toscano, Missing Children Europe
09.00 – 09.15
Opening remarks and keynote speeches - From principles to implementation
HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta.
Hilde Vautmans, MEP, ALDE.
09.15 – 09.45
What progress would children like to see in protecting children in Europe? 09.45 – 10.00
Panel discussion “Good practices and recommendations from the field”
Nathalie Griesbek, MEP, ALDE.
Dr. Stephanie Rap, Leiden University, Report on good practices from local authorities in EU
Faros, Children on the Run in Greece.
Karin Martinsson, Manager for Integration in the Municipality of Kungsbacka (Gothenburg).
Ernesto Caffo, President of Telefono Azzurro and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
10.00 – 11.00
Coffee break 11.00 – 11.30
Panel discussion “From “children in migration” to “non-discrimination”
Sophie Magennis, Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit (PLUS), UNHCR Brussels
Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Ms. Sandie Blanchet, Director of the UNICEF office in Brussels
Tomáš Boček, Special Representative of the COE Secretary General on Migration and Refugees*
11.30 – 12.30
Press conference and launch of the app / Standing lunch 12.30 – 13.30
11/04/2018

Afternoon sessions
Workshops: Towards local implementation
Hands-on workshops by various stakeholders and experts, focusing on the implementation of the Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration at local level
13.30 – 15.00 BIP
Place Royale 11
1000 Brussels
Panel discussion: Upholding child rights in the EU law and policy
Myria Vassiliadou: EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission
Mr Jari Liukku, Europol, Head of the European Serious Organised Crime Centre (ESOCC)
Cecilia Wikström, MEP, ALDE
Birgit Van Hout, Regional Representative for Europe, OHCHR Regional Office for Europe
Adam Elsod, Co-founder and Chairman of The Young Republic
15.00 – 17.00
Networking dinner and evening programme 19.00 – 21.00
12/04/2018

Morning sessions
Workshops: Towards local implementation
Hands-on workshops by various stakeholders and experts, focusing on the implementation of the Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration at local level
09.OO – 10.30 BIP
Place Royale 11
1000 Brussels
Coffee break 10.30 – 11.15
Keynote Speech from Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality 11.15 – 11.30
Panel discussion on the progress achieved by the Commission Communication on Protecting children in migration
Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Co-chair of the Intergroup on the Rights of the Child
Lyudmila Krastanova, Bulgarian JHA Counsellor*
Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU*
11.30 – 12.30
Standing lunch 12.30 – 13.30
12/04/2018

Afternoon sessions
Best practice models for working to improve frontline responses to child trafficking 13.30 – 14.30 BIP
Place Royale 11
1000 Brussels
Launch of the Miniila app 14.30 – 14.45
Closing
Her Excellency Maria Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe
Hilde Vautmans, MEP, ALDE
14.45 – 15.15
Film Screening: LOST CHILDREN – 30.000 minors missing
Debate with the director Chiara Sambuchi
15.15 – 16.45

* Speaker to be confirmed


Federica Toscano, Head of Programme:

federica.toscano@missingchildreneurope.eu

Laure Vierset, Junior Project Officer:

laure.vierset@missingchildreneurope.eu

Press enquiries:

Gail.rego@missingchildreneurope.eu | lisa.bronselaer@missingchildreneurope.eu