Re: MANCHESTER AT HEART OF EUROPEAN DEBATES

Recently St. Antony's Centre for Church and Industry attended the European meeting of organisations engaged in supporting people in the world of work.

The gathering, which included representatives from Germany, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Hungary, looked at the issue of migration in Europe and comparing how this impacted the work of partner organisations across the EU.

The three day meeting in Remich, Luxembourg has issued a statement from GEPO, a copy of which is attached. The Statement raises concerns about the barriers to migration and the need for members of the EU to do more to support Refugees and migrants. St. Antony's Centre is the only UK member of GEPO. It is also a member of EZA, a Christian social thinking network looking at Workers Questions across Europe. The membership is made up of Christian worker movements in EU countries. EZA is recognised by the EU as a Social Partner and funded by them.

From 19th -22nd October KAB, the German Christian Workers Movement are attending a seminar at St. Antony's Centre in Manchester. They are looking at how the Centre supports those in work and without work across the North West. As an accredited training organisation the Centre helped over 4000 people last year through its projects. The 11 delegates are staying on Salford Quays and will also visit Accrington, Blackpool and Moston to see partner projects first hand.

The main conference sessions are being held in Trafford Park at St. Antony's Centre. In 2018 the Centre is organising two further European conferences in Manchester. For Further Information: Further information from the Director, Kevin Flanagan Tel: Office: 0161 848 9173 Mobile: 07597-821985