On 9-10 July ECAS co-organized together with the AIRE centre a training seminar and a roundtable workshop under the Invisible EU Migrants project, funded under the European Program for Integration and Migration (EPIM).
The training seminar on 9 July, which was largely attended by legal practitioners and NGO representatives, was opened by ECAS’ Executive Director Assya Kavrakova. Guest speakers from our partner organisations then introduced the audience with the situation of EU migrants who are facing difficulties while exercising their freedom of movement. Focus was put on recent case law of European Court of Justice and on how the judgements Zambrano (presented by Jean-Pierre Jacques from Catholic University Louvain and Hilkka Becker from Immigrant Council of Ireland), Chen (presented by Isabelle Doyen from ADDE) and Teixeira & Ibrahim (presented by Matt Moriarty from AIRE centre) are being implemented in certain Member States.
The Roundtable on EU Free Movement and Citizenship for Policy and Decision Makers held on the following day started with a presentation on citizenship, residence rights and discrimination and was followed by a discussion on equal treatment, access to social advantages, social security and jobseekers’ benefits and the necessity of proving a sufficient link to the host Member State. Special attention was paid to the key issues in Belgium.
Both events were organised in the framework of the Invisible EU Migrants project, which is jointly ran by ECAS, the AIRE Centre, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, ADDE (L’Association pour le droit des étrangers) and the Migrants Resource Centre. The project is targeted to persons providing assistance and representation to EU migrants. Its overall aim is to provide expert guidance and advice on how to advocate on behalf of individuals within EU mechanisms, using real life examples to show the different approaches that can be taken.