The first Steering Committee meeting for the project UMN – UnionMigrantNet and Cities Together for Integration - took place Feb. 13, 2020 in Brussels. The action, coordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), aims at exchanging and transferring knowledge, experiences and (best) practices on integration between 9 UnionMigrantNet (UMN) members and 8 local authorities from five EU countries, namely, the municipality of Liège - Belgium, Sofia municipality, Dolna Malina municipality, the municipality of Athens - Greece, the municipalities of Milan, Trieste and Pordenone – Italy, and the municipality of Ljubljana - Slovenia.
Mr Ludovic Voet, Executive Secretary of ETUC, opened the meeting with remarks on the recent changes in the migration situation in Europe and the new challenges that need to be tackled in the implementation of the action such as fair labor mobility, collective bargaining, and labor protection issues for mobile workers.
Building on the already existing European network of trade unions providing services to third country nationals (TCNs), the project will seek to enhance the network by fostering partnerships with local authorities, key actors in the reception and integration of TCNs. SDA is one of the project partners from Bulgaria, together with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, and will focus on the integration of TCNs in the local labor market. Workshops, experience-exchange and training sessions are planned for the next 2.5 years of the project implementation.
The project is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.