9th ECCAR General Conference 2020 "CommunicAction - How to protect human rights at the local level?"

11/19/2020 - 14:30 - 11/20/2020 - 18:00

Bologna – Italy


ECCAR General Conference - CommunicAction – Together to protect human rights at the local level organized by the City of Bologna

19 and 20 November 2020

Live stream 






19 November 2020



Welcome greetings  

Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna

Elly Schlein, Vice-President of the Emilia-Romagna Region

Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the ECCAR



Dialogue between Karen Taylor, ENAR Chair and Magid Magid, activist, author and former


The taboo’s on racism and discriminations in the European political and institutional discourse  


Break - Creattivism – New Sights Against Discriminations***  


Mayors Roundtable Going beyond EU Law: the role of local authorities in the field of education, youth and

communication in shaping inclusive cities

Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna 

Isabella Conti, Mayor of San Lazzaro, Bologna

Milan Trivic, Deputy-Mayor of Sarajevo

Marco Giusta, Deputy-Mayor, Torino

Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, USA (video-message)

Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Torino (video-message)

Chair: Giuseppina Marcante, journalist


20 November 2020



Opening session Together to protect human rights at the local level: European institutions, international organisations, cities, media and young generations

Welcome greetings and Chair: Marco Lombardo, Deputy Mayor on International relations and projects, Employment, Civil society

Helena Dalli, EC Commissioner for Equality, Opening key-note address (video-message)

Lucia Serena Rossi, Judge, European Court of Justice: The state of art on the protection of the right to equality in Europe

Michael O’Flaherty, Director, EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Fundamental Rights Survey: EU citizens’ attitude towards human rights (video-message)

Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón, General Director Por Causa Foundation: The role of Communication - public, institutional, media - to build inclusive societies 

Wissal Houbabi, activist, writer, artist, intercultural worker at Trama di Terre: An intersectional approach on systemic racism: starting from myself, together with the women with whom I resist every day.  


Moving towards the Working Groups, working sessions among cities and other stakeholders



Parallel Working Groups

1) Speaking up! Youth and media voices and narratives to communicate new cities**

Moderator: Neva Cocchi, We World-GVC onlus, CIAK MIGRACTION Project

Contributions by the cities of Athens, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Kadikoy

2) Protecting vulnerable groups. A focus on the dimensions of education, youth and communication in the fight against discriminations towards Muslims at the local level 

Moderator: Tommaso Chiamparino, Fundamental Rights Policy, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Contributions by the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Cologne, Heidelberg, Helsingborg

3) The role of cities to ensure access to housing in the rental market 

Moderators: Katrien Staelens, City of Gent and Prof. Dr. Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Contributions by the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Genk, Liège, Malmo, Rotterdam


Break - Creattivism - New Sights Against Discriminations***



Working groups continuation

Moving back to the plenary


Reporting in plenary


Federica Zito, Cefa onlus: Presentation of the video “Against All Discriminations”, #sonofattituoi Campaign, produced by the Italian Newspaper Fanpage in collaboration with Cefa onlus as part of the Pinocchio Project: Culture, sport, civic participation and social networks against discrimination for greater social inclusion




Anti-racism, interculturalism and social inclusion: a long-due alliance to ensure social justice?


Irena Guidikova, Intercultural cities network, Council of Europe

Danijel Cubelic, ECCAR Vice-president, City of Heidelberg

Chris Tomesani, Welfare Area, City of Bologna

Moderator: Lucia Fresa, ECCAR Contact point, City of Bologna  


Closing remarks

Triantafillos Loukarelis, UNAR Director, Italian National Office Against Racial Discriminations

Susanna Zaccaria, City of Bologna Deputy Mayor on Countering Discriminations, School,

Equal Opportunities

Benedetto Zacchiroli, ECCAR President, City of Bologna

** no simultaneous translation ENG/ITA available for this working group