ECRE’s Annual General Conference (AGC) and UNHCR NGO Consultations will be held in Brussels on 15 – 17 October.

The conference gathers each year about 100 representatives from the refugee-assisting community in Europe. The AGC is a key moment for the ECRE network as it provides the Secretariat with general direction for the coming year and allows members to guide ECRE’s policy and advocacy positions, based on their experience on the national and pan-European level. This year’s conference includes a one day UNHCR NGO Consultation, to complement UNHCR’s Global NGO Consultations, creating the space for European NGOs to raise issues, network and exchange views with UNHCR on asylum in Europe.

This year’s event includes Roger Zetter of Refugee Studies Centre discussing “Forced Migration, Protection and Europe – Protection Space or Protection Denied”, a panel discussion on managing reception crises in Europe and several workshops on a variety of topics including detention, ensuring safe and legal access to Europe, rescue at sea in the Mediterranean, and  family reunification.

The conference programme and registration details can be found on the ECRE website and the deadline for registration is 3 October.

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This article originally appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 19 September 2014. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.