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Europe starts in Brussels - EPP Local Dialogue

  • 05.12.2019
  • Brussels / Belgium

From brain drain to brain gain in the EU


16:00 –  Registration

16:30 – Examples on turning brain drain into an opportunity for cities and regions: buildings solutions together

Hosted by Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca (EPP/RO), CoR rapporteur on Brain drain in the EU: addressing the challenge at all levels

Esther de Lange, (EPP/NL), Member of the European Parliament, Vice-president of the EPP Group

Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, EPP CoR Member

Isabel Benjumea Benjumea, Member of the European Parliament, REGI Vice-Chair

Dubravka Šuica, (EPP/HR), Commissioner-designate responsible for Democracy and Demography

Open debate with the audience moderated by Dan Carbunaru Calea Europeana

Brain drain – the loss of an educated and skilled workforce – is a challenge affecting local communities and regions, but also member states and the European Union as a whole. In 2017, approximately 4.2 million EU citizens aged between 15 and 64 with a tertiary education were residing in an EU country other than their country of citizenship. Every citizen is concerned: from the worker in constructions to researchers who are able to move within the EU. However, they should do this because they want it, and not because they are pushed by poverty, limited working opportunities or a lack of possibilities to express their talents.

This EPP Local Dialogue will look into what the EU can do for its citizens to transform ‘brain drain’ into a ‘brain gain’ – an opportunity for both the receiving communities and the places of origin.

Participants will have the chance to share their real-life stories on brain drain in an open dialogue with their regional and local elected politicians, as well as with representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission. The aim is to share experiences on how local and regional authorities can tackle brain drain in their areas, while identifying needs and resources to cope with the phenomenon also at national and EU levels. The event will be web streamed and followed by a networking session.

Interpretation will be provided in English and French.

REGISTER HERE until 28/11: bit.ly/2O72I5W

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