Conference – Integrating European neighbourhoods

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 9.00-17.15 (registration from 8.40)
at Residence Palace, Polak Room & EPC offices, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

The European Policy Centre is delighted to invite you to a high-level conference on 17 October. This conference will present the findings of the Concordia Discors project, a European Commission funded project from the 2009 Integration Fund Community Actions programme.

The Concordia Discors project has been investigating group relations and conflict at neighbourhood level, and has produced extensive empirical-based and policy-relevant findings on integration processes in 11 neighbourhoods in 5 European cities: London, Barcelona, Nuremberg Turin and Budapest.

The full-day conference will present the results of the research and deal with questions such as: how to build integration from below? How do urban spaces affect integration and intergroup relations? What can local institutions and civil society do to turn conflict into cooperation? It will bring together the project researchers from FIERI of Torino, efms of Bamberg, GRM-UAB of Barcelona, COMPAS of Oxford and TARKI of Budapest, and local stakeholders from all researched cities, alongside EU policymakers and stakeholders.

A Panel Debate in the morning will feature the participation of Kinga Göncz MEP (S&D) and Luc Van den Brande, Committee of Regions Member, CIVEX commission. Following a sandwich lunch, two parallel working groups will meet to address specific questions deriving from the findings. We are delighted to confirm that Stefano Manservisi, Director General for Home Affairs at the European Commission, will wrap up the conference with some closing remarks. More information can be found in the attached programme.

We very much hope that you will attend. Please confirm your participation by completing the attached reply form, stating your preferred choice of afternoon working group, and sending it to

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