Severe labour exploitation in the EU Programme

Tuesday, 2 June, Justus Lipsius Building, Council of the EU


Time Description
8.15 – 8.45

Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.30

Opening and Welcome

  • Reinis Uzulnieks, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare, Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-trafficking coordinator, European Commission 
9.30 - 10.45

Severe labour exploitation in the EU

Presentation by EU Agency for Fundamental Rights:

Commentators from the floor on the implications of the findings:

Questions and answers

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.15      

Keynote speech:

  • Iliana IotovaVice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament
11.15 – 12.15

Panel debate I - "What are the implications of severe labour exploitation for practitioners?"

Panel debate and plenary discussion with practitioners:

  • Padraig Dooley, National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)
  • Petra Follmar-Otto, German Institute for Human Rights
  • Wim Bontinck, Central Unit Trafficking in Human Beings, Belgian Federal Police
  • Jean-René Bilongo, Italian Federation of Agro-Industrial Workers (FLAI-CGIL)
  • Ingrid Bellander Todino, European Commission DG Justice and Consumers, Deputy Head of Procedural Criminal Law unit

Commentators from the floor:

12.15 - 13.00

Panel debate II - "How can conditions be created to overcome severe labour exploitation?"

Panel debate and plenary discussion with:

  • Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska, International Trade Union Cooperation (International Trade Union Confederation)
  • Alix NasriInternational Labour Organisation (International Labour Organization)
  • Laura Ferrara, MEP – Rapporteur on the situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU 
  • Rudi Delarue, European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 
  • Rebekah Smith, Business Europe

Commentators from the floor:

13.00 - 13.15


  • Constantinos Manolopoulos, Director ad interim, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
  • Nathalie Pensaert, Director, Directorate Justice, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU