Combating the exploitation of migrant workers in Italy and the EU, the proposals of the AGREE Project

The general aim of AGREE is to promote the creation of a new work culture to reduce illegal mediation and the exploitation of migrant workers. The project outcome will be presented in a conference to be held on Monday, 14th December, 9,00AM, in the Sala Santi, at the CGIL national headquarters.

The project, co- financed by the Internal Affairs Directorate of the European Commission, included research and training activities developed with local trade unions and research centers in Italy, Spain and Romania. The Giuseppe Di Vittorio Foundation (project leader) and Cittalia-ANCI Research studied the effects of labor exploitation of migrants on the social cohesion of the territories, with particular focus on the area of the Agro-Pontino which  is conducting a program of  networking, training and awareness of the local community.
Local actions and benchmarking between policies and experience conducted in the three countries were the starting element for the definition of policy proposals to combat exploitation of migrant labor. The proposals will be presented during the Final Conference in the presence of European institutions and other stakeholders involved in the phenomenon.

Speakers include: Fausto Durante, head of the European Secretariat of the CGIL;  Stefania Crogi,  General Secretary of the CGIL-Flai; Leonardo Domenici,  President of Cittalia ANCI Researc; Fulvio Fammoni, President of the Di Vittorio Foundation; Lorenzo Trucco, President Asgi ; and Albin Dearing,  Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The strengthening of local socal networks  involved in the sector and the harmonization of policies and actions in favor of immigrants and the fight against illegal mediation are some of the objectives achieved by AGREE.  The proposals include a series of innovative training activities for workers and the creation of consumer awareness towards agricultural products which are ethical and socially sustainable. Promote public awareness of all forms of exploitation and illegality in the agricultural sector, according to the partners of AGREE, is the first step towards effective contrast of the phenomenon; along with the necessary reform of European and national regulations on the organization of production and forms of labor intermediation.

To download the agenda of the meeting click here