Panel discussion: "Amplifying local voices, shaping CEAS implementation plans"

June 21th 2024

After years of negotiations, the European institutions have adopted the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, thereby sealing the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). But the reform, once translated into implementation, will hardly provide the improvement that those seeking protection in the EU and the cities welcoming them need. Aware of the potential shortcomings, cities and civil society are concerned about how the reform implementation will impact the local level.

We believe that cities' expertise has to be incorporated into the crafting of European and national implementation plans. City networks can play a pivotal role in achieving this. To address the resulting need for cooperation, the Berlin Governance Platform (representing the EU-funded project Cities4Refugees) and Eurocities are delighted to invite you to an insightful online panel exploring the role cities and city networks can play in light of the evolving CEAS-reform.

Register now here for our online session "Amplifying local voices, shaping CEAS implementation plans" on June 27,13:00 to 14:30 CET.

The moderated panel discussion will delve into the following key questions:

  • Impacts on the Local Level: What changes do cities anticipate from the new CEAS?
  • Implementation Considerations: What should national governments keep in mind about local implications when crafting CEAS implementation plans?
  • Strategic Cooperation: How can city networks collaborate strategically in light of the CEAS reform, and who stands to benefit from such cooperation?

We are honoured to have distinguished speakers who have confirmed their participation, including:

  • MEP Birgit Sippel
  • Lefteris PapagiannakisGreek Council for Refugees
  • Niels Tubbing, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Amsterdam, representing the Eurocities Working Group Migration & Integration and the / EU Urban Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees
  • Maria Prsa, Munich Office of Housing and Migration, representing the European city network IASH
  • Michele LeVoy, Director of PICUM
  • Tiago da Cruz, representing the European civil-society network From the Sea to the City


Join us as we explore and shape the future of asylum and migration governance in Europe, ensuring cities have a seat at the table!

We highly appreciate it if you share this invitation with your colleagues and networks from the municipal level and civil society as well as academia.

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