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ALDE Seminar: 'Nordic Labour Markets: Future Proof-Strategies?'
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01-02-2018

ALDE Seminar: 'Nordic Labour Markets: Future Proof-Strategies?'

09h00-12h00
European Parliament, Brussels, ASP 5G1

ALDE MEPs Jasenko Selimović and Enrique Calvet Chambon will host a seminar on the “Nordic Labour Markets: Future Proof-Strategies?”, which will take place on Thursday, 1st February 2018.

The aim of the seminar is to explore the current state of play of policy approaches and dynamics between social actors in the Nordic Labour Markets. The discussion will explore differences and similarities among National cases within the Nordic Model of Welfare, in order to elaborate potential common solutions to current and future challenges.

The debate will be structured in two sessions:

a) new welfare and bargaining arrangements to react to the growing pressure of global competition on Nordic enterprises;

b) access and integration of migrants and refugees to Nordic Labour markets.

The ALDE Group interest is that of contributing to find new solutions to turn perceived threats to workers entitlements and enterprises into opportunities to react to economic and demographic challenges, defying populist and euro-sceptic negative narratives.

An exchange of views will be organised with representatives of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises, of the Swedish Trade Unions, of the Danish Trade Unions and an expert from ETUC.

Interpretation will be provided in English and French.

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ALDE Seminar: "Child returnees: managing the return of European children from jihadist conflict zones"
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31-01-2018

ALDE Seminar: "Child returnees: managing the return of European children from jihadist conflict zones"

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 15:00-18:30h
Brussels, European Parliament
(Room PHS 5B001)

With ISIS losing ground in Syria and Iraq, the number of individuals travelling back to Europe after having spent time in a jihadist conflict zone is expected to rise. Some of these returnees are children: children who had come to a jihadist conflict zone by choice; children who were brought there by one or both of their parents; and children who were born there with EU parents. By the age of nine, these children are likely to have been recruited by jihadist groups, indoctrinated with jihadist teaching material, probably received training in using weapons and making explosives and may have participated in acts of violence such as executions. On the one hand, children are particularly vulnerable to indoctrination turning them into loyal supporters of terrorist organisations; on the other hand, these children suffer both due to the violence they witness or participate in and because their normal social, moral and emotional development is interrupted by the experience of war.

This seminar intends to answer the question: How are European countries managing the return of European children from jihadist conflict zones? These children are both a security threat and a reintegration challenge to European societies. A key challenge will be to develop a multidisciplinary response to address both the security and the welfare/child protection aspects relating to child returnees. This seminar aims to provide guidance to Member States on how to respond to child returnees and serve as a platform for the exchange of views/best practices between different authorities and stakeholders in this matter.

Interpretation provided in EN, FR and NL.

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