PERC-FES migration meeting, 16-17 February
25 February 2009: The PERC together with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organized a round table on migration in Europe with participation of trade unions in Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Finland, France, representatives from the GUFs and experts from the London school of economics, Centre for Economic and Social Studies (Albania), National Centre of Assistance and Informing of NGOs of Moldova.
The aim of the round table was to map out the nature and forms of the migration phenomenon in Europe, not only in the EU or “old” member states, factors for dynamics and patterns of migration flows, trade union role and activities in the current situation and future challenges. The purpose was to identify the priority areas which would provide better orientation and guide trade union activities in the area of migration as well as bring together achievements and patterns of cooperation already in operation and the possibilities to build on them in the future. The main items discussed: trade union policies towards migration; ETUC policy on migration (Catelene Passchier, Confederal Secretary ETUC); PERC aspects of European migration ( Grigor Gradev, Executive Secretary PERC); the operation of trade union policies, achievements, problems and prospects for the future.