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PRESS RELEASE STRUCTURED DIALOGUE ATHENS

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The Structured Dialogue took place at the European Parliament Information Office in Athens, Greece on Thursday the 2nd and Friday the 3rd of February, 2017 gathering 40 young participants & stakeholders from Greece.40 young participants

Participants discussed with the honorable guests on migration and the impact at the national and european level. The event was dedicated to promoting debate and fruitful dialogue between civilians and civil society’ members, representatives of agencies, institutional representatives and academics on refugee crisis and debate at a national and European level. Among the distinguished speakers involved in the two-day Structured Dialogue, hosted by the EPIO in Athens, were Mayors, MEPs, MPs and young people, while the presentation of the “4.1 Miles” Oscar-nominated documentary took place. The Structured Dialogue was split in four different,  but at the same time complementary to the main topic of discussion, the refugee crisis and its immpact in Greece and Europe at a regional and societal level.

On the first day, the beginning of the Event was marked by the Welcoming Speeches of the Head of the EPIO in Athens, Mr. Antonakopoulos and the Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Greece, Mr. Peroulakis. The first Thematic of discussion was dedicated to the root causes of the migration flows from Middle East and EU’ position in the case, with Mr. Antonakakis, RESTART’ Project Manager and Chairman of I.R.T.E.A. as the facilitator of the discussions. The distinguished speakers of the panel were Mr. Filis, Research Manager at the Institute of International Relations, Mr. Ioakeimides, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens and Mr. Papasotiriou, Professor of the Department of International, European and Regional Studies of the Panteion University. The second Thematic of discussion was dedicated to the analysis of the current situation on the migration issue and the problems arising in Greece and Europe, with Mrs. Papadaki, Secretary General of I.R.T.E.A. as the facilitator of the discussions. The distinguished speakers of the panel were Mrs. Nami, Representative of the International Organization for Migration-IOM, Mr. Koutoulakis, Regional Planner, Research Development Coordinator DevelopmentLab, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Development and Ministry of Labor, while also the presentation of the “4.1 Miles” Oscar-nominated documentary of Mrs. Maggiaraki was presented.

On the second day, the discussions begun under the third Thematic focused on the curerent capacities to manage refugee flows at local and national level with Mrs. Papadaki, Secretary General of I.R.T.E.A. as the facilitator of the discussions. The distinguished speakers of the panel were Mr. Papatheodorou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament with PASOK Political Party, Ms. Poulou, Mayor of Livadeia and Mr. Papagianakis, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Athens on Immigrants, Refugees and Decentralization who highlighted the difficulties at the local level of managing the refugee crisis. Moreover, the Mayor of Livadeia presented the best practise of refugee flows management in the city of Livadeia.

The last discussion panel was dedicated to the proposed solutions to the current situation of refugees in social and economic terms, with Mrs. Papadaki, Secretary General of I.R.T.E.A. as the facilitator of the discussions. The distinguished speakers of the panel were Mr. Kotios, Professor and Dean of the School of Business, Economics and International Studies of the University of Piraeus, Ms. Wozenberg, MEP with “New Democracy” Political Party, Mr. Kyrkos, MEP with “THE RIVER” Political Party, Mr. Feta, Assistant Researcher at the Southeast European Project of ELIAMEP, EU Policy Hub Albania and Ms. Pirini, Teacher for the Presentation of Child and Parental Sensitization Activity.

The participants actively interacted with the speakers, exchanged views and reflections, expressed their satisfaction with the opportunity provided to them to talk with this multitude of speakers with different scientific and professional interests, underlying the refugee crisis in Greece. Particularly positive impact was created by the contact of the participants with the invited Mayor of Livadia and the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Athens, aware of the local and social dimension of the subject, a well-known regional scientist, academics and teachers who implemented similar action for refugee in primary school students.