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9.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. | Registration and coffee

10.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. | Opening session: Consumerism in 21st century – can policymakers keep up with new trends?

  • Henri Malosse, President of the EESC
  • Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Pascal Durand, Member of Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee, European Parliament
  • Zaiga Liepina, Deputy State Secretary of Ministry of Economics, Latvia

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11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. | Panel 1: Responsible consumption – mirage or reality?

Guilt-free consumption – luxury for consumers, Holy Grail for businesses

Environmental, health and social claims or, how to lure the consumer

From consumer information to nudging – inspiring more sustainable consumer behaviour


Chair: Edgardo Maria Iozia, Member of the Employees' Group, EESC

  • David Mattin, Head of Trends & Insights,, United Kingdom
  • Bernardo Hernández Bataller, EESC member and Secretary-General of the Association of Communication Users, Spain
  • Katrin Recke, Senior Sustainability Manager, AIM – European Brands Association, Belgium

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12.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. | Lunch

2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. | Panel 2: Sharing economy – opportunities and obstacles

Policies for collaborative consumption in European cities

Trust – the innovative currency of the sharing economy

Planned obsolescence – a necessity or a contemptible way to sell more?


Chair: János Vértes, Member of the Employers' Group, EESC

  • Marco Torregrossa, Managing Director, European Sharing Economy Coalition, Belgium
  • Matthew Godwin, Stakeholders Relations Manager, eRated, United Kingdom
  • Thierry Libaert, EESC Member and Professor at the UCL-Brussels and the Paris Institute of Political Studies, France

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3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. | Panel 3: Innovative services of sharing economy – benefits and challenges

Disruptive technologies vs. traditional markets

Innovation and regulation

Consumer protection challenges


Chair: Benedicte Federspiel, Member of the Various Interests Group, EESC

  • Philippe Vanrie, Chief Executive Officer, European Business and Innovation Centres Network, Belgium
  • Wim Faber, Director, Challans & Faber Business Communications, Belgium
  • Monique Goyens, Director-General, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation

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5.00 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Martin Siecker, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, EESC
  • Reine-Claude Mader, Spokesperson of the category "Consumers and Environment", EESC


Interpretation will be provided from Spanish, German, English and French to German, English and French