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Inter-parliamentary conference discusses the present state and the future of European migration and asylum policy

Friday, 23 August
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Inter-parliamentary conference discusses the present state and the future of European migration and asylum policy

The Administration Committee of Finnish Parliament is organising a joint conference in Helsinki (Little Parliament, Arkadiankatu 3) on September 9 between Member States’ parliaments and the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on European migration and asylum policy.

The Tampere Agenda was approved twenty years ago during Finland’s first presidency of the Council of the European Union. One of the goals of the Agenda was the establishment of the Common European Asylum System. Over the past years, legislative action towards this goal has taken the form of minimum directives. There remain, however, many discrepancies in the standards and practices of the different Member States. The fact is that there is still no uniform and effective asylum and immigration policy in place in Europe.

“Developing a uniform and effective European immigration and asylum policy is essential not only for the Member States, but also for the European Union and its future. At the same time, it is important to assess the migratory pressures of the upcoming decades and how to respond to them,” says Riikka Purra, Chair of the Administration Committee.

Keynote Speakers

Mr Henrik Nielsen, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

Mr Ola Henrikson, Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration IOM

Mr Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Interior

Mr Jamil Addou, Principal Head of Department, European Asylum Support Office EASO

Rear Admiral Markku Hassinen, Chief of the Border and Coast Guard Division, Finnish Border Guard

Ms Jaana Vuorio, Director General, Finnish Immigration Service

Media accreditation

Media representatives arriving at the meeting venue are requested to apply for accreditation by Sunday 25 August.

For more information and the application form, click here.

You can use the same form to apply for accreditation to all EU Presidency meetings arranged by the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki.

The accreditations are personal and they cannot be transferred to other members of the editorial staff.

Journalists that are not accredited to the Finnish Parliament or EU institutions must undergo a security clearance for the accreditation

Please notify us at  parleu2019fi(at)parliament.fi if you have undergone a security clearance for the EU Presidency meetings arranged by the Finnish Government.

You can collect your accreditation card at the meeting venue on the day of the meeting. Please note that at the meeting venue, you must carry the card so that it is clearly visible at all times.

The same accreditation card will be used at all EU Presidency meetings arranged by the Finnish Parliament and will be valid in all the meetings you have accredited for.

For more information, visit the event website.