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The European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Awards


Join us on 28 April for the opening event of this year’s European Diversity Month.

We cannot know where we are going without first knowing where we stand.
This is why the overall theme of European Diversity Month in 2023 will be assessing workplace diversity and inclusion.

We’ll be helping companies and organisations across Europe with resources
and best practices for assessing diversity and inclusion so that the diversity of our societies is reflected in our workplaces.

Don’t forget to share on social media during the event #EUDiversityMonth.



Hotel Le Plaza, Brussels

Hybrid Event

(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
09:00 - 09:30

Registration and morning networking coffee

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome by the moderator Valérie Thys

09:35 - 09:45

Opening address by Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality, European Commission

Emmanuelle Verhagen

Diversity, inclusion and belonging are vital to a company’s success. So why do we still not see our diverse society mirrored at all levels of an organisation?

Discussion on challenges and economic impact of exclusion and ways to overcome these.


  • Michaela Moua, EC Coordinator on Anti-racism
  • Tomas Frimmel, CEO Microsoft Sweden
  • Susan Danger, CEO AmCham EU
  • Armine Movsisjana, Managing Partner of KPMG Baltics
10:55 - 11:00

Sharing experiences

  • Elisabeth Werner, Deputy Secretary-General, European Commission
11:05 - 11:30

Networking café/coffee break

11:30 - 11:45

Fireside chat/Keynote address Diversity and inclusion – more important than ever

How can you build a more diverse and inclusive organisation if you don’t know what you’re doing well and what should be improved? Main challenges in measuring diversity and how to overcome them.


  • Vaida Kaikarienė, Country HR Manager at Rimi Baltic Group
  • Valentina Djoemai, Diversity Advisor, Dutch Diversity Charter
  • Gianluca Puliga, Head Officer of "International Relations and General Affairs Service” of the Department for Equal Opportunities
12:45 - 12:55

Sharing experiences

12:55 - 13:00

Closing remarks by Irena Moozova, Director for Equality and Union Citizenship, DG Justice & Consumers, European Commission

Background information


European Diversity Month raises awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in workplaces and society. The Month is organised by the European Commission and the EU Platform of Diversity Charters with its signatories.  The initiative is part of the European Commission’s lasting commitment to combatting discrimination and creating a Union of Equality.

In 2023, the European Diversity Month will continue with the underlying theme of building bridges, while the overall theme will shine a spotlight on assessing workplace diversity and inclusion. Assessment is an important first step to creating a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging, and is given equal opportunities while feeling heard and well represented.


The high-level opening event brings together:

  • Policy-makers
  • Business leaders
  • Diversity Charters
  • CEOs
  • NGOs
  • And other organisations.

Through debate and discussion participants will be able to share personal experiences, success stories and reflect on how to improve diversity and inclusion with the benefit of input from many different perspectives (employees, employers, NGOs, policy-makers, etc.)


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