Sustaining our beginning-of-the-year tradition, Jean-Louis De Brouwer (Director, European Affairs Program, Egmont Institute) and Ralph Genetzke (Director, ICMPD Brussels Mission) will convene again to assess the main lessons and migration policy developments of 2023 and offer their insights for the year ahead in a discussion moderated by Violeta Wagner (Regional Portfolio Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ICMPD).
Against the backdrop of ongoing conflicts and crises across the EU’s neighbourhood, the European Council recently decided to open accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova and grant EU candidate status to Georgia, while also reaffirming its commitment to the EU membership perspective of the Western Balkan states and calling for an acceleration of their accession process. The two panellists will address this historic decision from a migration policy perspective.
Migration is also expected to play an important role in the run-up to the EU elections in mid-2024, which will largely determine the place that migration will occupy in the next strategic agenda 2024-2029, to be adopted by the European Council in June 2024. Following the political deal reached on the EU Pact on Asylum and Migration in the end of 2023, the panellists will also assess its future role and prospects, as well as remaining stumbling blocks, both in terms of internal cohesion and relations with partner countries.
The Policy Talk will further touch on the displacement of Ukrainians two years into Russia’s war of aggression, recent attempts of EU Member States to externalise asylum procedures and the need to boost legal migration channels to address ever increasing labour shortages.
How to participate:
Please register to the event through the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jegGQ5LwQs28f1mpRBMcLg#/registration. Once your registration is approved, you will receive the link to the virtual room. Should you not receive the confirmation email with the link, please contact the Prague Process Secretariat.
The Policy Talk will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. The approximate duration will be 1,5 hours. The event is carried out via Zoom and can be accessed directly through your browser, following the link received. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Kindly submit your questions (in English or Russian) during the event through the chat.