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Draft programme

08:30  | Registration

09:00  | Opening

  • Martin Schulz – President of the European Parliament (tbc)

09:10  | Welcome and panel | Setting the context

  • Pavel Trantina, President (tbc) of the EESC Section for Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)
  • Sérgio Aires, EAPN President
  • Derek Holliday, Poverty Alliance/EAPN UK: Experience from the ground of welfare reform
  • Tanya Cox, Beyond 2015 Steering Group Co-chair: From Europe 2020 to Post -2015 Sustainable Development Goals

10:00  | Round table | Can the EU deliver progress on poverty in the European semester / Europe 2020?

Chair: Barbara Helfferich, EAPN Director

  • Paul Ginnell/EAPN Ireland and Chair of EAPN EU Inclusion Strategies Group: Presentation of EAPN 2015 NRP and European Semester Assessment
  • Tom Dominique, Chair of the Social Protection Committee
  • Outi Slotboom, European Commission DG ECFIN
  • Sergio Prieto, MEP (S+D/Spain) rapporteur on EMPL opinion on European Semester

11:00 | Discussion with Audience

11:30 | Coffee break

11:45 | Round table | How can the EU increase participation and legitimacy of the European Semester?

Chair: Sérgio Aires, EAPN President

  • Graciela Malgesini/EAPN Spain: Promising practice: Structured dialogue with NGOs
  • Johanna László/EAPN Hungary/Croatia: Raising awareness on the Semester
  • Raquel Lucas, Cabinet of Commissioner Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue: Getting ownership, strengthening social and civil dialogue
  • Luca Visentini, General Secretary, ETUC: How to increase accountability and legitimacy of the European Semester (tbc)

12:30 | Discussion with the Audience

12:50 | Closing speech | Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Skills and Mobility