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Labour Market Observatory (LMO) Conference - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Van Maerlant building, room VMA 1, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Draft agenda

Public conference

On the road to a greener future: acting on employment and skills


Thursday 22 June 2017 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, room VMA 1





Draft Programme


9.00 - 9.30 a.m.


9.30 – 9.45 a.m.

Opening remarks

  • Carlos TRINDADE (Workers' Group, PT), President of the Labour Market Observatory of the EESC (LMO)

9.45 – 11.30 a.m.

Panel 1 – The transition to a greener economy: effects on skills and quantity / quality of jobs


Moderator: Carlos TRINDADE, President of the Labour Market Observatory of the EESC (LMO)


  • Jean LAMBERT, Member of the European Parliament (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, UK), rapporteur on the "Green Employment Initiative: Tapping into the job creation potential of the green economy", 2015
  • Brian SYNNOTT, Member of the Cabinet of Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Moustapha Kamal GUEYE, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Emmanuel PALLIET, Director of the Sustainable development pole and Corporate Social Responsibility, Syndex


Open floor discussion

11.30 – 11.45 a.m.

Coffee break

11.45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Panel 2 – Adapting policies on employment, education and training


Moderator: Carlos TRINDADE, President of the Labour Market Observatory of the EESC (LMO)


  • Edouard SIMON, Head of Working groups, Confrontations Europe
  • Olga MARTINEZ DE BRIONES, Policy officer, DG EMPL (Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), European Commission
  • Steven BAINBRIDGE, Assistant to the Directorate, CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training)
  • Toni VIDAN, member of the EESC (Various Interests Group, HR)


Open floor discussion

1 – 2.30 p.m.

Lunch break

2.30 – 4.45 p.m.               

Panel 3 – New visions  and initiatives for tomorrow's green jobs


Moderator: Antonello PEZZINI (Employers' Group, IT), rapporteur of the EESC opinion The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs , 2014


  • Benjamin DENIS, Adviser, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Noël SCHERER, General director, Technifutur
  • Ulrich PAETZOLD, Director general, European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)
  • Eugenio QUINTIERI, Secretary General, Construction SMEs Europe (EBC)
  • Stephen SCHINDLER, Policy advisor, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)


Open floor discussion


4.45 p.m.


Closing remarks

  • Carlos TRINDADE, President of the Labour Market Observatory of the EESC (LMO)




European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), VMA building, room VMA 1

Rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels (corner of Rue Belliard, click here for the map)



Participants can speak in: English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Polish

and can listen to: English, French, German and Portuguese


Contact person: Ana Dumitrache Tel. +32 2 546 81 31