In his welcoming speech, Amadeu Altafaj, Permanent Representative of Catalonia in Brussels, stressed his Government’s commitment to the Task Force and recalled to participants the “All Mediterranean” campaign. In particular, he explained that Catalonia is fully supportive of CPMR’s demands taking into account “the primordial role that regional and local authorities must have in an EU strategy and a future policy on Migration”.
The Task Force brought together several regions from all CPMR geographical commissions to discuss cooperation opportunities and concrete projects on how to better manage migration issues, and in particular migrants reception and effective integration.
Annika Annerby Jansson, rapporteur of the Task Force to the CPMR Political Bureau, stressed the importance of this exercise which represents a challenge for regions facing different dynamics for both short term and medium-long term interventions concerning: first reception, migrant transit and relocation or socio-economic integration.
The Task Force discussed in particular the possibility to adapt MIPEX methodology to the regional level. This exercise could develop a sound and accountable regional migration index in key areas such as health, employment, anti-discrimination, etc.
Another possibility for joint action is to map the needs and experiences of the CPMR regions in managing migration flows. This cooperation could boost the exchange of best practices and knowledge of the phenomena, together with the measures adopted (and to be improved in the future) by the regions.
The Task Force will continue working on these topics in 2016.