• Event Date: 11-Nov-2016


European Values Revisited: The role of Culture in Refugee Integration to Local Communities

The EUNIC Cluster Athens has the pleasure to invite you to the Conference:


The Conference is intended to showcase the different views and the progress on the issue of European values and discuss whether they are still identified at the core of Europe’s policies and behaviours, outpoint the challenges and their sources with emphasis to the refugee crisis and seek for ideas for actions/projects to deal with the challenges in order to safeguard and promote European values with the aim to achieve the social and cultural inclusion of refugees.

Venue: The American College of Greece, Gravias Str. 6, Aghia Paraskevi, Athens Greece


Friday, 11 November 2016

Venue: JSB Library-Upper Level

17:30 Arrival

18:00 Welcome by Dr. Helena P. Maragou, Director, International Honors Program, Deree-The American College of Greece

18:05 Recorded message by Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

18:10 Welcome and concept presentation by Dr. Matthias Makowski, Director of the Goethe-Institut Athens

18:20 “European Values” by Pericles Vallianos, Professor at UOA Department of Political Science 

18:40 “Challenges in Europe” by Romed Perfler, Head of the Values and Orientation Division of the Austrian Integration Fund

19:00 “The Role of Culture” by Michael Metz Mørch, President of the EUNIC

19:20 Open floor for Q&A, Moderator: Nora Ralli, Journalist - The Journalist 's Journal

20:00 Reception

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Venue: JSB Library-Upper Level

09:30 Arrival and presentation of the concept of the interactive workshops

10:00 Running of the workshops

Workshop “The role of Education in Integrating Refugees and Promoting European Values and Norms"Organised by the European Office of Cyprus (Athens Office) and the House of Cyprus

The workshop aims in presenting an overview of the current situation in regards to education and integration policies in Europe. It seeks to encourage collaborations between NGOs and organisations for adopting practices that can further cooperation and generate ideas for proposals under the EU funding schemes. It will present examples of activities and good practices that have been applied throughout Europe which contributed to the inclusion of several young people and students amongst the refugees in their local communities through education and language training. There will also be presented several initiatives under Erasmus+ that have been launched to provide educational tools and offer support to institutions and individuals highlighting the notions of tolerance, inclusion and justice in the education sector.

Click here to download the programme of the Workshop

Facilitators: Prof. Dr Gregoris A. Makrides, Director of the European Office of Cyprus and Dr Nicos Peristianis, Academician Sociologist, Former Council President – University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Chairman Universitas Foundation.

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/y0oTHdgiknfMRPUz2   

Workshop "The role of libraries in integrating refugees and promoting European Values and Norms"Organised by the National Library of Greece, The Norwegian Embassy and The Norwegian Institute at Athens

The workshop seeks to determine the role of the libraries in dealing with the immigrant crisis in Europe. How can libraries as institutions assist in giving space to local communities in coming together with and/or interact with immigrants? Issues regarding the type of information services the libraries need to develop to promote EU values to immigrants, and create a sense of inclusion will be raised among others. The workshop aims to create a space for discussion and development of ideas, best practices, as well as identify funding opportunities. How can these best practices be implemented by the Greek public and municipal libraries? The discussion will generate ideas for improvement and change with reference to relevant tools, methods, literature and online support.

Facilitator: Reinert Mithassel, Department Manager at the Tøyen branch of the Oslo Public Library.

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/HqmKSkXsE7jftlyH3

Arts and Letters Workshop

12:30 — 13:15  Presentation of EU-Funding Programmes for Refugees by Prof. Dr Gregoris A. MakridesDirector of the European Office of Cyprus - click here to download the ppt

JSB Library-Upper Level

Τhe session will introduce the main opportunities for funding on subjects related to refugee integration taking in mind the educational, cultural and social aspect. It will present the main European funding programs, Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens etc. It aims to encourage institutions, NGOs and organizations to think about their idea in a solid way, think about partners, budget and outputs. It will furthermore encourage Program Managers to seek information and consulting about a project they have in mind. 

Presenter: Prof. Dr Gregoris A. Makrides, President of European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators, Executive Director of the European Office of Cyprus.

Contact: Georgia Kouta, Officer, European Office of Cyprus in Athens, Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens Xenophontos 2A, 105 57, Athens - Syntagma, Greece T.: 210 3734833 / E.: [email protected] / W.: www.eoc.org.cy  

13:15 — 15:00 Closing session: Conclusions and proposals, JSB Library-Upper Level

Moderator: Dr. Stefanos Vallianatos, Head of Department of International Relations, Hellenic Foundation for Culture