European Migration and Diversity

From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0

The Tampere conclusions adopted by the European Council in October 1999 under the Finnish Presidency deeply influenced the EU’s migration and asylum policies. Centred on four pillars, the Tampere ‘plan’ defined priorities for the development of both the external and internal dimensions of the Union’s migration policy. These four pillars included: (i) Partnership with countries of origin, (ii) A Common European Asylum System, (iii) Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals and, (iv) Management of Migration Flows.

The Tampere conclusions’ twentieth anniversary in October 2019 provides an optimal moment to reflect on the Tampere legacy and the way forward in light of upcoming developments: a new strategic agenda to be adopted by the European Council in May; a renewed Parliament and Commission with new policy priorities following the European elections; and a new five-year programme 2020-2025), including on asylum and migration policies, that should also be adopted by the European Council.

The Odysseus Academic Network, EMN-Finland and the European Policy Centre (EPC) are jointly organising a series of activities and discussions around the Tampere programme at its 20th anniversary. Rather than reflecting on the past, the focus will be on discussing and providing recommendations that can guide future developments in the areas covered by the Tampere agenda.

Over the course of June 2019, five working group meetings will be organisedunder Chatham House rules. In cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, these meetings will bring together selected high-level policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders. They will be organised around the four Tampere pillars with one, additional meeting to cover overarching, institutional issues.

In order to ensure a maximum level of inclusiveness, a call for contributions to these working groups is available. Through this call, a number of additional participants will be selected to contribute insights or experiences to the discussions on topics of interest. More information is available here.

On 24 and 25 October, the Odysseus Academic Network, EMN-Finland and the European Policy Centre will organise a Europeant Conference in order to present, and discuss, proposals for the EU’s future agenda on migration and asylum policies. At the conference, the conclusions of the earlier working group meetings will be discussed. High-level policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders from across Europe will feature among the speakers. The conference is a special event in connection with the Finnish Presidency of the European Union (2nd Semester 2019).

Additional information and a link to register can be found on the conference website:


EMN-Conference call for contributions

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