On the Agenda 30 January – 5 February

See our collection of relevant events, conferences, and meetings taking place next week. Tune in to them to stay updated on EU developments.


EP Committees Meetings

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)

Tuesday 31 January 2023

16:30 – 18:30


Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Wednesday 1 March 2023

9:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 18:30


Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Tuesday 31 January 2023

9:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00 (Brussels)


31 January 2023

DG ECFIN Workshop – “Fiscal Policy in times of high debt and economic turbulences”

8:45 – 16:00, Brussels

The workshop will be a hybrid one-day event with high-profile speakers and discussants from academia and international institutions.The workshop will be structured in two parts. The first session will concentrate on high debt and inflation. The second session will focus on fiscal policy in an era of frequent shocks.


1 February 2023

14:00 – 17.15, Brussels

The European Climate Pact: Together in Action

The European Climate Pact is celebrating two years of taking climate action together, in our worlds, for our planet. Climate Pact Ambassadors, experts and activists will take stock of the journey so far and discuss ways to build a more sustainable Europe for the future. You can network with the people and organisations involved in the European Climate Pact, hear about their achievements, and learn how you can get involved.


2 February 2023

Online Information Day: Partnerships for Innovation – Forward-Looking Projects 2023 

14:00 – 17.45 CET, Online

Forward-Looking Projects are large-scale projects that aim to identify, develop, test and/or assess innovative (policy) approaches that have the potential to become mainstreamed, thus improving education and training systems. They will support forward-looking ideas that respond to key European priorities and that have the potential to become mainstreamed, to give input for improving education, training and youth systems, and to bring a substantial innovative effect in terms of methods and practices to all types of learning and active participation settings for Europe’s social cohesion.


Civic Society Days 2023

1/03 – 3/03, Brussels

The EESC Civil Society Days will bring together citizens, organised civil society and the European institutions under the theme “Civil society organisations: a pillar of democracy and a key player to overcome current challenges”.

The RIDE Project’s Final Event Took Place on 20 January

After running for two years, the RIDE project (Reach Inclusion Through Digital Empowerment For Migrant Women) concluded this month, with a closing event held in Brussels on 20 January 2023. Co-funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the project aimed at advancing the inclusion of migrant and refugee women in the digital labour market by organising training, mentoring and job fairs in six EU countries. Project partners, trainees of the programme and policy-makers gathered for the event to discuss the outcomes, key takeaways, and future policy directions concerning the inclusion of migrant and refugee women in the digital labour market.

The RIDE project in numbers:

  • 400 hours of mentoring and coaching per country
  • 60 participants taking part in training by Cisco or The Code to Change
  • 6 Job Placement Fairs
  • 200+ migrant women attending Job Placement Fairs
  • 40+ companies attending Job Placement Fairs

The final event featured a forum discussion with the participation of the project partners: Diesis Network, UNITEE, European Network of Migrant Women, Code to Change, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Litus Novum, Symplexis, Legacoopsociali, and Youth Included, supported by the CISCO Networking Academy’s digital training programs for migrant women. During the full-day event, various discussions took place, including a panel discussion on the policies concerning migrant women and digital skills, titled “Exploring the policy landscape: the inclusion of migrant women in Europe’s digital economy”. Panelists included Tim Van Rie from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, Ursula Hoenich from the Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, and Lina Konstantinopoulou from Eurochambers.

Throughout the day, a recurring theme mentioned by project partners and policy-makers was the need for personalised attention to the needs of this specific target group. A training programme that offers flexibility and empathy in adjusting the course to the needs of participants can lead to lower drop-out rates and a generally better experience for everyone, both participants and organisers. Courses that do not take the specific needs of migrant women into account, such as language barriers, cultural differences, and time restrictions, especially for mothers, might lead to preventing future involvement of migrant women in civil society initiatives altogether. Another interesting, recurring point was related to the RIDE project’s job fairs. According to a survey issued by the European Commission, over 70% of businesses reported the lack of staff with adequate digital skills. 

During the project implementation, companies and trainees participated in national job fairs for migrant women, which also showed the willingness of companies to adjust their offers to the needs of the migrant women. At the same time, partners pointed out that the companies needed guidance in recognising the best ways to accommodate the needs of migrant women, who do not present a homogeneous group and include a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Moreover, Liane Adler from Litus Novum and Gabriela Dimitrova from the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reported that it had been easy to engage employers and get them to participate in the job fairs. Knowing the needs of both sides allowed Liane and Gabriela to create the best space and opportunity for employers and job seeking migrant women to meet and connect. By reaching out to migrant organisations and individuals through different channels, including social media, they were able to involve not only trainees from the RIDE programme but also migrant women that were new to RIDE. The overall outcome of the training, mentoring and job fairs was positive: several participants received a job or an internship offer, or could develop their network, skills and confidence. Indeed, just taking part in a job fair and sustaining an interview in a foreign language can be considered a great achievement, as Nora Giannakaki (Symplexis) highlighted.

One of the event highlights featured testimonials from RIDE trainees Alawia & Sara Sagaf Mashhor Alkaf from Bulgaria, Yulianti Kurnianingsih from Italy, and Valeriya Strekalovskaya from the Czech Republic. They each explained to the event participants how participating in the RIDE project and upskilling digitally empowered them to pursue new career goals.

On the Agenda 23-29 January

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23 January 2023

Youth Policy Dialogue with Commissioner Ylva Johansson on ’Protecting young people from organised crime’

16:00 – 18:00 CET, Brussels

Commissioner Johansson will engage in a discussion on security and protection from organised crime with a group of young people from all over Europe. Seventeen young participants working in law enforcement and civil society will share their experiences. They will discuss the methods used to recruit young people into organised crime, how to protect those sought out and how different stakeholders, such as the EU, local NGOs, law enforcement and social services, can work together to fight organised crime.

24 January 2023

UN: The 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023 

The 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023) is organized by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Statistics and Population Divisions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Calls to improve migration data to formulate evidence-based migration policies and inform public discourse have become increasingly strong. However, basic data on the stocks, flows, and characteristics of international migrants, as well as on the causes and impacts of international migration remain scarce or are not utilized to their full potential in many countries. The IFMS 2023 will provide a unique opportunity to discuss ways to improve the collection, analysis, and use of migration data worldwide, to fill existing migration data gaps and to better inform policy making.

As in the two previous fora, this event will mobilise expertise from a range of disciplines, such as statistics,economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology. The IFMS 2023 will bring together producers and users of migration statistics from national and international statistical offices, other government agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector.


DIGCLASS seminar series: 4th session on health inequities

15:00 – 16:00 CET, Online

The fourth session of the 2022-2023 DIGCLASS seminar series on health inequities by Michael Marmot will take place next Tuesday, January 24th, from 15.00 to 16.00 (CET) in an open-access online format.


26 January 2023

European Final Conference of EntreCompFood project

9:00 – 17:15

Entrepreneurial Competencies in Food Sector: EntreCompFood, a three-year project supported by the COSME programme, invites you to celebrate its achievements during its Final Conference.


27 January 2023

Online information session: Centres of Vocational Excellence 2023

10:00 – 12:00 CET

Join this information session on 27 January 2023 to learn about the latest  policy context and application procedure for the Centres of Vocational Excellence 2023 call for proposals under Erasmus+ Key Action 2.

Celebrating International Migrants Day with a webinar on Migrant Women & Digital Skills

To mark International Migrants Day, UNITEE and its partners from the RIDE project organised a webinar on Migrant Women and Digital Skills, which took place on Thursday, 15 December.

Over the last two years, the RIDE project has been piloting a wide range of training and mentoring methods to enable migrant women in Europe to find jobs in the digital sector. We believe giving migrant women digital skills is a successful way to include them in the labour market and the social fabric of their host society.  The digital transition is a key goal of the European Union, and Member States are walking the path of digitalisation in all sectors. Nonetheless, large sections of the population have  little to no digital skills which blocks them from benefiting from the opportunities that the digital economy sector offers. Migrant women and refugees suffer further impediments coming from gender discrimination and social exclusion. Thus, the RIDE project has been addressing these issues by delivering training courses along with mentorship and coaching sessions aimed at enabling migrant and refugee women to find a job in the digital sector and be part of the digital labour market.

The webinar was moderated by Vesa Latifi, project manager at Diesis, one of the widest networks supporting the development of social economy and social entrepreneurship, and co-leader with UNITEE of the RIDE project. Three experts working at the local, national and European levels brought their insights and experience on the topic of migrant women labour market integration and gender disparity in the digital sector: Iffat Gill (The Code to change), Liane Adler (Litus Novium) and Frohar Poya (European Network of Migrant Women). These organisations act in different countries and at different levels of the project. From digital skills training to coaching and mentoring, the speakers’ firsthand experience with the implementation of the project and the topic of integration of migrant women made the webinar an insightful moment of learning for all the participants. The speakers addressed the  challenges of integrating migrant women into Europe’s society and workforce and shared the  main takeaways and  recommendations learned through the course of the project.

Frohar Poya
is project officer at the European Network of Migrant women, a women-led platform that advocates for the rights of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women in Europe. She shared the findings of a study report conducted in the framework of the project about the digital sector opportunities and barriers for migrant and refugee women.

There is still a gap between men and women when it comes to digital skills. In Europe 8 out of 10 ICT jobs go to men (only 17% of ICT specialists in Europe are women).  In some countries, this gap is considerably wider than in others. Among the countries involved in the RIDE project, Italy, Bulgaria, and Czech Republic are the ones who score worse. These gaps need to be acknowledged and addressed to facilitate migrant women’s access to a growing market and thus improving their level of integration in these societies.

Iffat Gill
is the founder and CEO of Amsterdam-based Code to Change, an association aimed at reducing the skills gap and associated gender divide in the tech sector. Code to Change has been successfully running trainings directed to empower women in the digital sector and reduce the existing gap that Frohar addressed while opening the webinar.

Migrant women are a very heterogeneous group, says Iffat, and there are no “one size fits all” solutions. Each programme is thus designed taking into account the specific needs of the group considered. This attention and care put into the design of the training programmes makes them so successful and fruitful.

Designing the training programmes encompasses several phases:

Stakeholder analysis: Making sure they are involved and engaged. From public & private companies to tech companies, stakeholders must be kept on board and also informed about the target group for better chances in future recruitments.

Skills mapping/country analysis:. Looking at the top skills demanded by the digital labour market in different countries is a key step for successful trainings.

Skills assessment:. Identifying the skills in high-demand is not enough for the  successful integration of the trainees in the labour market. These must be in line with the personal skills and interests of future employees.

Selection of digital skills program. Finally, a digital skills programme is selected and implemented, taking into consideration the elements above.

Liane Adler
is the founder and managing director of Litus Novum, a start-up based in Berlin that brings together jobseekers from abroad and employers from Germany through counselling, training and placement. Within RIDE, Liane leads the mentoring and coaching sessions. For integrating migrant women in the labour market upscaling their skills is not enough, a holistic and comprehensive approach is needed. Taking into consideration their motivation, needs and difficulties is a crucial step.

In her experience, the main challenges of the counseling and training sessions have been caused by the social-distancing measures of the pandemic, the consequent deterioration in the social and language progress of the trainees, and the lack of homogeneity within the groups, which pushed them to allocate more time to individual sessions. Indeed the group sessions proved to be effective as the students felt the group as a safe place to express themselves, their needs, and their concerns.

Webinars such as this have an important role in advancing the debate on the role of migrant women in the labour market and the gender gap in the tech sector. Migrant women’s involvement and active participation are  indispensable ingredients for a sustainable, fair and equitable digital economy and society.

Find out more about women’s participation in the digital economy and European initiatives here.

Rewatch the webinar here.

Empowering Youth with Lived Migration Experiences: Interview with Syrine Rekhis from Voicify

Policies that are co-designed together with migrants and refugees are still scarce. However, this issue has been receiving more and more attention in recent years, and there are many organisations and projects working towards more inclusivity in decision-making. Voicify is a recently founded umbrella organisation that aspires to promote inclusive decision-making and goes a step further by focusing on young migrants. Voicify trains and mentors youth advocates with lived migration experiences, empowering them politically and promoting their equal participation in policy-making processes.

Read our interview with Syrine Rekhis, President of Voicify, about the importance of their mission.

Follow our online magazine, The New European, for more.

On the Agenda 16 – 22 January 2023


See our collection of relevant events, conferences, and meetings taking place next week. Tune in to them to stay updated on EU developments.


16 January 2023

European Parliament Plenary Meeting 

16/01 – 19/01, Strasbourg


Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Extraordinary meeting)

19:00 – 21:00, Strasbourg



Eurogroup is the meeting of the finance ministers of the euro zone member states.

Agenda available here.


World Economic Forum: Cooperation in a fragmented world
16/01-20/01, Davos

The Annual Meeting will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead. It will provide a platform to engage in constructive, forward-looking dialogues and help find solutions through public-private cooperation.


EESC  Public Hearing: Strengthening the role and independence of equality bodies 

Rue Van Maerlant 2, Brussels

To prepare its opinion on “Strengthening the role and independence of equality bodies”, the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hybrid public hearing.

Equality bodies combat discrimination at the national level through prevention and assistance to victims. However, their tasks and resources vary significantly across EU countries, resulting in different levels of effectiveness.

The hearing will address how to improve the powers of equality bodies to better fight discrimination, by gathering inputs from institutions, social partners and other civil society organisations.


17 January 2023 

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

10:00 CET, Brussels

On the Agenda: Swedish presidency work programme; Economic and financial impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine; Recovery and Resilience facility; european semester 2023


20 January 2023

RIDE final event: Migrant Women in the digital economy. Towards meaningful inclusion 

Becentral, 10 Cantersteen, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


The RIDE project, an initiative supported by the European Commission, was developed as a joint effort to strengthen the capacity of migrant and refugee women to enter the digital job market through integrated approaches in six European countries.

The final event will highlight how RIDE and similar initiatives can accelerate the participation of women in digital and technology sectors, advance the well-being and up/re-skilling of migrant and refugee women, contribute to socio-economic development and innovation, and foster partnerships across countries and sectors.

Within the RIDE initiative, project partners have delivered training and coaching for 60 migrant women in different European countries in 2021 and 2022 and created an interactive, online map with 100 references of digital skills training opportunities for migrant and refugee women. As its flagship activity, a job fair for migrants was organised in each country this year. Over 40 employers and over 200 migrant women took part in job fairs in different countries.

Speakers at the final event, including project partners, will share key lessons learned, and explore ways to strengthen the capacity of migrant women in the digital economy as a critical contribution to their social inclusion and the economic benefit of the host country. The event will also provide a chance for migrant women themselves to share their perspectives on labour market integration, training opportunities and skills.

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