Beside the work done with the single municipalities, the Admin4All Programs aims to promote the connection and the exchange of best practices among the local actors from the different partner countries. This is done through a series of regional workshops organized at EU level which bring togheter all the participants in oder to share their experience and discuss of their needs and ideas.
The first Admin4All regional workshop was organized in Brussels on 28 November 2017.
The event brought together representatives from the 14 municipalities that have been part of the programme: Bari, Florence, Naples and Milan in Italy; Bruck an der Leitha, Tulln, Korneuburg in Austria; Poznań, Warsaw, Wroclav, Gdansk and Bydgoszcz in Poland; and Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca in Romania.
Representatives from the European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other key stakeholders engaged in the integration of migrants at the local level in Europe have also been present.
This event was the culmination of 18 months of work in the program municipalities. This included a round of training sessions for municipal social services and immigration departments, followed by a series of peer-review visits in which each municipality was able to see first-hand the work and learn from the experience of another city.
The final event provided a chance to take stock of the work done in the first phase of the programme, discuss the good practices and the challenges identified in the programme cities, but also identify opportunities for future work in building the capacity of cities to strengthen, and render more accessible, municipal services for migrants in Europe.
Objectives of the meeting:
- Continue the learning process of the participating municipalities by:
- Providing updates about the work on migration done at European level by the EU, the IOM and other key stakeholders (notably Eurocities);
- Learning about experiences, practices and activities in the other cities and countries involved in the ADMiN4ALL programme;
- Recognize the engagement in the programme and the work done at the local level by:
- Sharing experiences from a number of municipalities;
- Discussing further needs and possibilities for future work and continued assistance.
In order to achieve these objectives participants had the opportunities to both listen and talk about their work through a balance between plenary presentations and direct exchanges.
The meeting brought together around 75 participants, including representatives from the 14 programme municipalities, the IOM, DG EMPL and other Brussels-based key stakeholders working on cities, migration and integration in Europe.