Šebkův palác, Politických vězňů 7
Prague, Czech Republic

The event is organised by European Liberal Forum with the support of Institute for Politics and Society and ALDE Party.

This event is part of a series of Expert Forums organised around Europe on topical matters and challenges facing the European Union, and will be conducted as the ALDE Party considers its manifesto for the 2019 elections to the European Parliament. This forum will be particularly focus on Migration – specifically on the topics of Intra-EU Economic Migration, Migration Crisis and Successful Integration and aims at discussing the changes, their potential implications and challenges ahead.

9th March 2018, 9:00 – 18:00

Šebkův palác/Schebek Palace, Politických vězňů 7, Prague, Czech Republic (see the map bellow)


8:30 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:10
Airis Meier, ELF, Member of the Board (tbc) (Estonia)

9:10 – 9:45
Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society
Andrej Babiš
, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

9:45 – 10:00
Martin Stropnický, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs

10:00 – 10:30
Marc Arno Hartwig, Team Leader of the Italian Hotspot of the DG HOME, European Commission (Italy)

10:30 – 12:00
PANEL 1: Intra-European Economic Migration and its Economic Impacts
Luis Garicano, Vice-President, ALDE Party (tbc) (Spain)
Prof. Dušan Drbohlav, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University (Czech Republic) 

Dr. Wido Geis
, Senior Economist for Family Economics and Migration, German Economic Institute (Germany)
Martin Reguli,  Analyst, F. A. Hayek Foundation (Slovakia)

Jan Schroth, Project Manager, International Organization for Migration (Czech Republic)

12:00 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:30

13:30 – 15:30
PANEL 2: Addressing the Migration Crises and the Future of EU Migration policies
Petr Ježek, MEP, Member of the ECON Committee and Substitute Member of the LIBE Committee (Czech Republic)

Cecilia Wikström
, MEP, Member of the LIBE Committee (Sweden)
Malik Azmani, MP, People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) (Netherlands)

Pavla Novotná
, Head of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Ministry of the Interior (Czech Republic)

Tomáš Jungwirth, Policy Officer, Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations (Czech Republic)

15:30 – 16:00

16:00 – 16:30

16:30 – 18:00
PANEL 3: How to promote successful integration
Bart Somers, President of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Mechelen (Belgium)
Antonio Stango, National Coordinator, ALDE IM Italy – President, Italian Federation of Human Right  (Italy)

Bohdan Rajčinec
, Secretary, Ukrainian Initiative in the Czech Republic

Marie Jelínková, Center for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

18:00 – 19:00

PANEL 1: Intra-European Economic Migration and its Economic Impacts

Young and working-age EU mobile citizens appear to be contributing to the economy of the hosting cities by filling gaps in the labour market and by supporting the development of some core sectors of the local economy. At the same time, intra-EU mobility is producing social and cultural impacts, by influencing local communities and their well-being, with effects on several areas such as housing, the education system, social cohesion and relations between the newcomers and the host communities. The purpose of this panel is to identify answers to a range of questions in order to manage the challenges and maximise benefits that intra-EU mobility produces, including how to ensure a better use of migrants’ skills, how the European Labour Market can cope with the new and specific labour force supply and what should be the role of government in the process.

PANEL 2: Addressing the Migration Crises and the Future of EU Migration policies

The aim of the panel is to debate and identify answers to a range of questions related to the EU migration crisis. Matters of discussion will be the lack of both coordination between EU Member States and cooperation with neighbourhood countries in tackling the migration issue; the Dublin Agreement and the current debate on its revision or abolishment; the existent Return procedures, the EU States financial support for asylum seekers and refugees; the future of the EU-Turkey Deal; the stabilisation of Libya; the situation in the existing migrant reception centers and the Frontex’s operations in the light of its continuing expansion and fiscal fortification.

PANEL 3: How to promote successful integration

Despite the ongoing need to improve upon Europe’s current integration network, EU states can point to a significant number of successful economic migrants and asylum seeker integration efforts. The purpose of the panel is to identify answers to a range of questions on the topic in order to find a way to promote an innovative integration model for Europe that can help its Member States relieving their ongoing crises. The discussion aims at identifying best practices related to the balance of the role of the state and local communities in integration efforts; the boosting of a positive public opinion on refugees and migrants; the successful refugees’ workforce integration as well as to debate on the level of cultural integration needed and on what the EU should focus its policy on legal migration.

Czech (translation provided in English) and English


Fields marked with * are required

* Panels are held in English with Czech translation

By submitting the application, the data subject gives consent to the processing of the personal data, namely the name, surname, email and other contact details to the Institute for Politics and Society, registered office Babická 2329/2, 149 00 Praha, ID: 227 68 670. Institute for Politics and society processes personal data for the purpose of sending invitations to future events and informing about the activities of the Institute for Politics and Society via email. The data subject has the option to withdraw consent at any time by mail or mail at

Šebkův palác/Schebek palace, Politických vězňů 7, Prague

An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the assistance of the Institute for Politics and Society. Co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.

This conference is an invitation only event. All changes (in the programme) reserved.