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Events open to the public at the 2019 Odysseus Summer School

Public Events 

All the events listed on this page are free and open to the public. As places are limited, registration is required for those who are not registered as Summer School participants.

NB. Participants registered in the Summer School may sign up for the events through the link that was sent together with the practical information.

The Opening Lecture of the 19th edition of the Odysseus Summer School is entitled “From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0: Towards a new programme (2020-24) for EU migration and asylum policies 20 years after the Tampere conclusions?”.  The session will be held on Monday 1st July from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm at Université libre de Bruxelles (Room A.Z. 1.101)
The Tampere conclusions adopted by the European Council in October 1999 under the Finnish Presidency deeply influenced EU migration & asylum policies. The objective of the opening session, more than celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tampere Conclusions, will be to explore upcoming developments: a new strategic agenda to be adopted by the European Council; a renewed Parliament and Commission with new policy priorities following the European elections; and a five-year programme (2020-2024) including migration and asylum policies that should also be adopted by the European Council. The session will host Prof. Philippe de Bruycker, coordinator of the Odysseus Network, and other high-level panelists specialised in migration and asylum issues. The lecture will be the occasion to collect ideas and suggestions from the participants for the next five-year programme, in order to provide food for thought in the next annual Odysseus Conference (Helsinki, 24&25 October 2019) that will focus on this topic.
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La session inaugurale de la 19ième édition du cours d’été Odysseus est intitulée ““From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0: Towards a new programme (2020-24) for EU migration and asylum policies 20 years after the Tampere conclusions?”. La session se tiendra le lundi 1er juillet de 16h30 à 18h00 à l’Université libre de Bruxelles (Auditoire A.Z. 1.101).

Les conclusions de Tampere adoptées par le Conseil européen en octobre 1999 sous la présidence finlandaise ont profondément influencé les politiques européennes en matière de migration et d’asile. L’objectif de la session inaugurale, qui ne se limitera pas à célébrer le 20ème anniversaire des conclusions, visera à explorer les développements à venir : un nouvel agenda stratégique à adopter par le Conseil européen ; un Parlement et une Commission renouvelés avec de nouvelles priorités politiques après les élections européennes ; et un programme quinquennal (2020-2024) incluant les politiques de migration et d’asile qui devrait également être adopté par le Conseil européen.  La session sera présidée par le Professeur Philippe de Bruycker, coordinateur du réseau Odysseus, et d’autres intervenants de très haut niveau spécialisés dans les questions de migration et d’asile. La conférence sera l’occasion de recueillir les idées et suggestions des participants pour le prochain programme quinquennal, afin de nourrir la réflexion lors de la prochaine conférence annuelle Odysseus (Helsinki, 24 et 25 octobre 2019) qui portera précisément sur ce sujet.

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The European Migration Network is an EU network of migration and asylum experts who work together to provide objective, comparable policy-relevant information. EMN’s Annual Policy Reports provides a detailed overview of immigration and asylum-related developments and debates in the Member States and Norway and the European Union in the year.

On Wednesday 3rd of July at 10 am (Room A.Y. 2. 112), Mrs. Petra van Nierop who is the Vice President of ICF and a European public policy expert with more than 15 years of experience as an evaluator and researcher of EU policies, legislation, programmes, and other EU actions, will give a presentation of EMN on the basis of the EMN Annual Report on Migration and Asylum for 2018. This presentation will nourish a debate regarding the main developments in migration, including legal and illegal migration; integration; borders, visas, and Schengen at EU level.

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Join the debate on European Agencies on Thursday 4th July at 7.15pm (Room A.Y. 1. 108), with Mr. Jamil Addou (Principal Head of departments at EASO), Mr. David Reisenzein (Head of Frontex Brussels office) and Dr Lilian Tsourdi (Oxford University) who wrote her PhD dissertation on the administrative governance of the EU asylum policy. The debate will focus on the expanded mandate of the EASO and the EBCG (Frontex) agencies, including their operational and monitoring activities, as well as on future directions.  The interveners, experts in these fields, will share their expertise about these agencies.

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Join us on Monday 8th of July at 6.45 pm (room A.Y. 2. 108) to discuss a very interesting – and not often debated – topic: statelessness with Mr. Adolfo Sommarribas, from the European Migration Network. This debate will be the occasion to discuss why the issue of statelessness is not often debated compared to the issue of asylum. Mr. Adolofo Sommaririvas, who is an expert in the field of statelessness, will share his expertise and provide an overview of his opinion on the question.

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On 25 July 2018, the representatives of the governments of the Member States appointed Mr. Nuno José Cardoso da Silva Piçarra, the Odysseus Portuguese Member, as Judge to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The term of office is six years, starting from 7 October 2018. Mr. Nuno Piçarra holds a PhD in Law from the University of Lisbon where he was also an associate Professor in law.  Moreover, Nuno Piçarra was a member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and he also worked for various EU Institutions such as the Court of Justice of the European Union as a legal linguist and reviewing lawyer (1986-1990), the General Court of the European Union as an assistant to the Portuguese member (1990-1996) and the Council of the European Union as the Representative of the Portuguese Government (1996-1999).

On 9th July 2019 at 4.30 pm (room A.Y. 2. 108), Mr. Nuno Piçarra will discuss what happens when an academic becomes a judge, what are the challenges, the difficulties, and the added-value.

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The EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union provides a comprehensive overview of developments at both a European level and at the level of national asylum systems in 2018, as well as the latest trends in 2019. Based on a broad range of sources, the Report looks into the main statistical trends and analyses changes in EU+ countries as regards their legislation, policies, practices, as well as national case law. While the Report focuses on key areas of the Common European Asylum System, it often makes necessary references to the broader migration context.

On 10th July 2019 at 10 am (room A.Y. 2. 108), just a few days after the release of the launch of the EASO 2018 report, join us with Dr. Jadwiga Maczynska from EASO to discuss the situation of asylum in the past year.

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The EU and member states should be prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing Libya, according to a detailed legal submission to the international criminal court (ICC).  The 245-page document calls for punitive action over the EU’s deterrence-based migration policy after 2014, which allegedly “intended to sacrifice the lives of migrants in distress at sea, with the sole objective of dissuading others in similar situation from seeking safe haven in Europe”.

On the 10th of July at 4.30 (room A. Z. 1. 101), the two main authors of the submission are Dr. Juan Branco, a lawyer who formerly worked at the ICC as well as at France’s foreign affairs ministry, and Omer Shatz, an Israeli lawyer who teaches at Sciences Po university in Paris, will discuss and present their submission to the ICC. Do not miss this great opportunity, and join us on the 10th of July to discuss this unprecedented submission!

After the debate, you are all welcome to join us at our Networking Cocktail (18.00- 20.00)

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On 29 March 2019 the Fitness Check on the EU Legislation on Legal Migration was adopted by the EU Commission. The purpose of this Fitness Check was to evaluate and assess the existing EU legislation on legal migration based on the following five evaluation criteria: Relevance, Coherence, Effectiveness, Efficiency and EU added value. The Fitness Check aimed at identifying gaps and inconsistencies and consider possible ways of simplifying and streamlining the current EU framework in order to contribute to a better management of legal migration flows. The Fitness Check covers the following Legal Migration Directives: Family reunification Directive (2003/86/EC), Long-Term Residents Directive (2003/109/EC), EU Blue Card Directive (2009/50/EC), Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU)Seasonal Workers Directive (2014/36/EU)Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive (2014/66/EU), Students and Researchers Directive (EU) 2016/801.

On the 11th of July at 7.15 pm (room A.Z. 1. 101), Mr. Silvio Grecio, policy officer at DG migration and home affairs (EU Commission) who participated in the drafting of the Fitness Check Communication, will give an overview of the main developments of the Fitness Check, and will provide his personal comments based on his numerous years in the field at the EU Commission.

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Click here to access the draft programme of 2019 Summer School!

If you have any queries about the Summer School and our public events get in touch: odysseusomnia@ulb.ac.be

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