Following several months of intense discussions and monitoring of the EU policy context on integration and migration, NEF has launched a special initiative in this field, the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM).
So far, EPIM involves ten foundations which have made a financial contribution to phase one (15-18 months). The ten involved are: the Atlantic Philanthropies, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo, European Cultural Foundation, Freudenberg Stiftung, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, King Baudouin Foundation (the leading foundation), the Mother and Child Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung. Participation in the initative is also open to other foundations.
EPIM’s central objectives are to open up debate and encourage broader commitment to the development of constructive integration policies at EU level, and to promote effective linking of these policies with those of Member States at national, regional and local levels. EPIM will also seek to engage the widest possible range of stakeholders in this process, with a view to embedding constructive integration policies and practices in other social and economic programmes.
The programme of activities for the first phase consists of (1) sponsoring or holding up to ten conferences in Member States and (2) creation of a grants programme to support effective advocacy and development activities of European and national NGOs in the field of integration and migration.
The Steering Committee, set up to oversee the development of EPIM, is chaired by Françoise Pissart of the King Baudouin Foundation. NEF has contracted the Migration Policy Group (MPG) to support the project, given their impressive track record on European policies and practices in this field.