2019 Conference


The Conference

The Tampere conclusions adopted by the European Council in October 1999 under the Finnish Presidency deeply influenced EU migration & asylum policies. The conference, more than celebrating their 20th anniversary, explored 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.

EMN Finland, the Odysseus Academic Network and the European Policy Centre (EPC) organized this event to provide ideas and suggestions for the five-year programme mentioned above. A call for contributions was launched to fuel the preparatory workshops in charge of drafting papers to be discussed at the conference. The workshops were organized with the kind Support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). A final document will be soon presented to the EU institutions, and to the Member States for discussion. The conference followed the structure of the Tampere conclusions:

Workshops were opened by interventions synthesizing each specific introductory note. They left ample time for discussion with participants and they were attended by stakeholders and policy-makers – from Europe as well as other parts of the world – who brought their diverse points of view to the table. Workshops were introduced by top specialists in their field. The results of the conference will be shared widely including with the EU institutions and Member States who may take them into consideration in their further discussions.

Background Notes

Listed above are the background notes which served as a common ground for each session of the Conference “From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0”. Drafted by experts from the co-hosting organizations (Odysseus Academic Network, EPC, EMN Finland) and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the notes critically assess the current EU legal and policy framework and propose suggestions for future reforms focusing on a number of areas such as Schengen and Borders, Dublin and solidarity, Legal Migration, and Migration and Development. Each note is the result of a dedicated preparatory workshop where experts and representatives from EU institutions, national governments, international organizations, academia and civil society had the chance to express their critiques and suggestions which are reflected in the notes.
All the background notes were released online soon before the Conference in order to help generating informed debates. They are still available on the conference website for public consultation and they will feature in the soon-to-be-delivered final publication.

For quick access to each of them:


The Conference benefited from the contributions of excellent speakers, among whom policy-makers, practitioners, stakeholders and academics from all over Europe. Participants had the opportunity to listen to high-level contributors such as Director General of the IOM Antonio Vitorino, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Executive Director of EASO Nina Gregori and ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger, and to high-level representatives of EU institutions and Agencies, Member States, NGOs as well as leading academics.

You can find here the list of speakers and a short biography highlighting their competence in the field.

Additional information

The Opening and Closing Plenary, featuring the interventions of the Conference’s distinguished guests, were filmed. You can find them here.

You can now also check out the official photo-gallery of the event.

The conference’s website is still available! All background notes, speakers’ profiles, official pictures and any other information can be found there.




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