Technical Seminar on Integration and Immigration, Intercultural Dialogue as a 'context for discussing fundamental rights'?

19/20th February 2009,
Tallin, Estonia
- seminar

Organiser: Migration Policy Group

Technical seminar

Connecting with the views of the 'integration and immigration' policy community.

Logo Migration Policy GroupThe Platform for Intercultural Europe contributed to this seminar true to its firm intention to strengthen the cross-sectoral cooperation between different policy areas, such as between culture and integration. Sabine Frank, Secretary General, assessed in a panel presentation what role the promotion of Fundamental Rights has played during the EYID, speculated what follow-up to the Year can be expected and outlined how Intercultural Dialogue figures in the European cooperation mechanism in the field of Culture, the so called Open Method of Coordination.

Advocacy demands for a successful cooperation between EU institutions, the Member States and Civil Society.

Sabine Frank presented the following advocacy demands for the OMC in the field of Culture:

1.) A Council Working Group dedicated to Intercultural Dialogue must be set up, since the five current working groups touch on the topic of Intercultural Dialogue at best peripherally:

  • Delegation from the Member States to such a working group should not just be from culture ministries, because ICD is a cross-sectoral issue; the same cross-cutting engagement which civil society has achieved in the Platform for Intercultural Europe, has to be achieved on the administrative and governmental level;
  • Researchers who monitor the application of ICD policies at the national level ought to be associated to the work of such a group;
  • It should be connected to the national delegates who work on the topic of Intercultural Dialogue in the Council of Europe,
  • In summary, it should pool expertise and prevent a ‘re-inventing of the wheel’.

2.) To include integration stakeholders, especially migrants themselves, there must be consultative processes in the Member States, which inform or even determine the positions and ideas tabled in EU Council working groups. The civil society consultation at EU level must be complemented by civil society consultation at national, regional and local levels.

Full Tallinn presentation: “Diversity and Interculturalism as European Values, Dialogue as a European Cooperation Mechanism”
Issue Paper of the Seminar - Seminar programme

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