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Mobility and labour dynamics after the EU Year of Skills: Are we fit for the future?

Friday, 22 March 2024

Rue Haute 147


Ambassador Hugo Verbist
Special Envoy for Migration and Asylum, Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Anita Vella
Head of the Legal Pathways and Integration Unit, DG HOME, European Commission
Aurelia Segatti
Labour Migration and Mobility Specialist for North Africa and the Horn, ILO
Camila Westman
Senior Advisor, Future Place Leadership
Jason Gagnon
Head of Unit, Migration and Skills, OECD Development Centre
Jean Van Wetter
General Director, Enabel
Jessica Sbrissa
External Relations Expert, International Unit, Le Forem
Joonas Halla
Business Development Manager, Business Finland
Mandiaye Ndao
Chief Executive Officer, NeX Africa
Maria Vittoria Garlappi
Senior Human Capital Development Expert, Skills and Migration, European Training Foundation (ETF)
Ola Henrikson
Regional Director, Regional Office for the EEA, EU and NATO, IOM
Rudi Delarue
President of the Belgian National Labour Council
Salima Bensalem
Head of International Placement, ANAPEC
Veronika Casteur Petrzelkova
Foreign Market Director, Accent Jobs


Anastasia Karatzas
Junior Policy Analyst, European Migration and Diversity Programme, EPC
Raffaella Greco Tonegutti
Lead Expert on Migration & Development, Enabel
Sarah Schlaeger
Senior Lead, Policy and Liaison, ICMPD

Launched in May 2023, the European Year of Skills provided renewed impetus to the EU’s efforts to address labour shortages across member states. The initiative also aimed at promoting greater accessibility to the EU labour market from abroad. However, challenges remain, and persisting skills gaps must be addressed while ensuring that proposed and ongoing initiatives are effectively implemented. 
As the Year of Skills draws to a close, this in-person Conference will take stock of its achievements and assess future priorities across three panels: EU attractiveness in the world; the effectiveness of EU labour mobility initiatives, and partnerships for skills mobility and the development agenda. Key questions will include: what is the EU’s competitive edge compared to other major global destinations for talent? What benefits and challenges do existing EU initiatives pose for enhancing mobility, and what is their overall added value? How to better align priorities as well as maximise international partnerships for all actors?
We kindly ask you to register as soon as possible. Due to high registration volumes and limited space, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Only once your registration has been approved, will you receive a confirmation email. Please consult the event agenda and the concept note

Participation is open to EPC members only, the media, and EU officials.

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