The IncluCities final conference is here!

The power of city-to-city collaboration

After three years of exchanging knowledge, IncluCities will reach its finishing line. To celebrate the achievements and new partnerships, the IncluCities cohort will meet in Brussels for the very last time on March 28 and 29.

The event will present many inspirational speakers on several topics touching upon migrant integration as a central point of the IncluCities project. For the last three years, it has focused on facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices between eight cities from all around Europe. The main goal has been to improve the integration and inclusion of third-co untry nationals into small and middle-sized cities. To achieve that, it worked on capacity building of local and regional government associations and advocated for cities to be placed at the heart of future EU policies on integration in order for their needs to be better addressed.

IncluCities storytelling project

The first day’s event will have the Internal IncluCities Consortium meet for the last time at the CEMR in the House of European Municipalities and Regions. In the evening, the guests will meet in a less formal setting for a social event, accompanied by Tatyos Ensemble and marked with a vernissage, showcasing photographs of newcomers in the mentee cities. Their representatives will walk the audience through the stories behind the pictures.

Some of the photos reflect the lives of the Ukrainian refugees in Jelgava. Others focus on the daily lives of migrants and refugees who have found new homes in Greece and France or who found their Italian buddies in Capaci.

Forward-thinking speakers

The main event will follow the day after at the European Committee of the Regions. Antje Grotheer, Vice President of the Bremen State Parliament, from the CoR will host the conference. It will give the floor to many relevant voices: keynote speaker Morella Siemers from the Cabinet of Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs at the European Commission, and Anila Noor from the European Migrant Advisory Board and New Women Connectors. The central debate will bring Mayors and city councillors of involved cities to exchange on integration and co-designing inclusion policies in their local contexts in Mechelen, Schaerbeek, Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, Jelgava, Fuenlabrada, Capaci, Levadia and the City of Brussels.

The event will also offer three engaging workshops that will centre around three topics: a gender-sensitive approach to local inclusion, the inclusion of migrants and refugees in small localities, and finally, language, education and volunteering as tools for long-term inclusion. With a graphic facilitator, the wrap-up of the conference will point out key outcomes in different and more intriguing ways.

Check the programme and join the conference live streaming on 29 March.

Check the final conference's website 

The Programme:

28 March  IncluCities Photo Vernissage,  Atelier 29, Rue Jacque de Lalaing, 29 1000 Brussels

5:30 PM   Presentation of the travelling photo exhibition by Inclucities partners

  • Music by Tatyos Ensemble 
  • The intervention of Razan Ismail, Asociation Kudwa 
  • Networking dinner

29 March  - European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101 1000 Brussels

9:00 AM  Registration ​of the participants and welcome coffee

9:30 AM  Opening remarks

  • Fabrizio Rossi, CEMR Secretary General 

  • Antje Grotheer, Vice President Bremen State Parliament, EU Committee of the Regions

10:00 AM Keynote speech

  • Morella Siemers, Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Ylva Johansson 

  • Anila Noor, European Migrant Advisory Board, Head New Women Connectors

10:45 AM Coffee break and networking

11:00 AM  Political Panel Discussion: Inclucities impact on the future of the partner's cities​

  • Pietro Puccio, Mayor of Capaci (IT)

  • Ioannis Tagalegas, Mayor of Levadia (GR)

  • Vincent Vanhalewyn, Alderman Schaerbeek (BE)

  • Francisco Manuel Paloma, Councillor City of Fuenlabrada (ES)

  • Christophe Chaillou, Mayor of Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle (FR)

  • Gabriella de Francesco, the Alderwoman City of Mechelen (BE)

  • Rita Vectirane, Deputy Mayor City of Jelgava (LV) 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM  Co-designing the inclusion policies with migrants – a focus on Spain

  • Razan Ismail, Founder of Asociation Kudwa, Barcelona

  • Javier Bokesa, Member of Mesa de la Convivencia, Fuenlabrada

​Networking lunch

 2:30 PM  Workshops

1 / Gender-sensitive approach to local inclusion

Facilitated by Jaimie Just, CEMR and Valerie Loirat, AFCCRE (plenary room JDE70) 

2 / Rethink the inclusive city: a hands-on approach

Facilitated by Tiziana Caponio, University of Turin and Carla Rey, Project Coordinator AICCRE  (room JDE3253) 
3 / Language, education and volunteering: tools for a long-term inclusion
Facilitated by Lur Fernandez Salinas, CEMR and Angelique Petrits, DG HOME (room JDE2253)


3:45 PM  Coffee break and networking

4:00 PM  Feedback from the workshops 

4:15 PM  Graphic wrapping up of the session and conclusion

The End.