18 May, 2016 – 11:00 to 16:00
Haus der Caritas, Reinhardtstr. 13, 10117 Berlin

ECFR and the Stiftung Mercator are convening a workshop entitled Beyond the quick fix: What Europe should do to respond to the challenge of migration to facilitate the increased shared understanding and the building of relationships between European experts, officials, and members of parliament around the challenge of migration into Europe. The workshop will discuss foreign policy measures that help Europeans to better manage this challenge and will be followed by a public debate.


11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop: The challenge – Bridging European interests and views on migration for joint policy responses

The flow of migrants into Europe has divided societies and countries on the continent. Advocates for joint European responses have largely struggled to turn them into reality. Where are member states and societies at in their discussions on the current situation regarding migration in Europe? How do they assess the policy responses at the European level? What does this mean for dealing with the medium to longer-term challenges that Europe is facing? How can we build joint focal points of debate that help bridge the different views and approaches? In this session experts will share views from different corners of Europe on the current refugee situation, EU policies, and their countries’ broader outlook on the challenge of migration in the years ahead.

  • Angeliki Dimitriadi, Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Visiting Fellow ECFR
  • Karina Horsti, Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Milan Nič, Managing Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
  • Andrea Vitolo, Head of the Political Department, Embassy of the Italian Republic

6 pm – 7.30 pm: Public debate featuring the workshop’s speakers.

You can download a full description of the workshop here and the public event here.


Milan Nič

Head of Future of Europe Programme