Conference on the impact on mass migration on the local, regional, national and EU governance is organized by the Institute of Public Administration, Croatia, in collaboration and with the support from the Research Committee 05 Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics (IPSA), the Research Committee 32 Public Policy & Administration (IPSA), the Faculty of Law, Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia and takes place between 11-14 May 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The Annual Fundamental Rights Conference of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights took place last week in Rome. This year’s conference focused on Fundamental Rights and Migration to the EU. The Annual Conference has again opened and highlighted problems of the ineffective national frameworks for the protections of rights of migrants to the EU. Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, for instance, noted that »politics has immense responsibility« and argued for »stronger European instruments« to prevent deaths in the Mediterranean. Smaller Eastern and Southern European states are faced with immense burden due to high influx of migrants, whereas the current EU of framework for refugee protections is almost non-existent or to say at least non-efficient. However, it is feared that words will be left again without accompanying actions. Lot of urges and calls have been heard. However, not much is expected to change as politicians, particularly from the Northern European States, have to fulfill wishes of their electorate. The FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, therefore, observed that »no other topic more important in human rights protection in EU«. He argued that »we cannot ask small states and regions to take large burden« and that »common reception centers and more effective system of relocation could be established across EU”. A move from rhetoric to action is desperately required to prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean.