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Around The Globe: ICMPD's Director General, Michael Spindelegger, gives keynote at the Club of Venice plenary meeting

23 November 2018


On Thursday 22nd November, Mr. Spindelegger gave the keynote speech at the Club of Venice Plenary Meeting entitled: “Communicating Europe - Recovering Citizens' trust in the EU and in their public authorities – Communication challenges and strategies.”

The meeting discussed a wide variety of topics affecting Europe including countering hybrid threats. During his keynote which focused on migration in Europe, Mr. Spindelegger reiterated that migration policies are most successful when governments deliver on the need for clear communication about migration in Europe. “We need to drive a European agenda of innovation, economic growth, social inclusion and access to opportunities for our European citizens. Only if the EU and the European governments deliver on this agenda, citizens and voters will start to trust in their migration policies as well.”

Other participants of the conference included officials from European governments and international organisations including Diana Agosti, Italian Prime Minister's Office, Head of the Department of European Policies, Claus Giering of the European Commission and Alexander Kleinig from the European Parliament.

The conference runs over 3 days and takes place in Venice, Italy.

Read Mr. Spindelegger's full speech here. 

Find out more about the Club of Venice.