European Consumer Day 2022

Empowering consumers for a more sustainable world

Moderator of the day: Ileana Izverniceanu de la Iglesia, EESC member

9.00 - 9.30 a.m | Welcome and coffee

9.30 - 10.10 a.m. |  Opening

  • Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice
  • Biljana Borzan, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur of the ongoing opinion on 'Empowering consumers for the green transition'
  • Jan Strakoš, Director of Trade licensing and Consumer Legislation Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

10.10 - 10.30 a.m. | Keynote speech

  • Philippe Moati, Professor of economics at University Paris Cité, co-founder of l'ObSoCo (Society and Consumption Observatory)
  • Questions and answers

Round tables 1 and 2: Empowering the consumer

10.30 - 11.30 a.m. | Round table 1 – 'Tech for good'

Rapporteur: Christophe Lefèvre, EESC member

  • Katarina Wangler Björk, Applied Impact Partnership Manager, Doconomy, Sweden
  • Monique Goyens, Director-General of BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation)
  • Debate with participants

11.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m | Round table 2 – The right to reparability

Rapporteur: Dragica Martinović Džamonja, EESC member 

  • Simon Frémineur, Project Manager Interreg Sharepair, Repair Together
  • Anthony Rosborough, Researcher at the European University Institute, Florence
  • Debate with participants

Round tables 3 and 4: From consumer to consum'actor

2.30 - 3.30 p.m. | Round table 3 – The functional economy

Rapporteur: Thierry Libaert, EESC member

  • Marc Diefenbach, Co-founder of Rhinopaq, Germany 
  • Coralie Muylaert, ICHEC Research Fellow, Brussels Management School
  • Debate with participants

3.30 - 4.30 p.m. | Round table 4 – Consumption and health

Rapporteur: Wauthier Robyns, EESC member 

  • Guillaume Culot, Project manager, Refresh Brussels
  • Francelyne Marano, Professor Emeritus of cellular biology and toxicology, University Paris Cité
  • Debate with participants

4.30 - 4.50 p.m. | Summary of the round table discussions, given by the four rapporteurs

4.50 - 5.05 p.m | Response from the institutions

  • Natasa Ristic Davidson, State Secretary, Sweden
  • Nils Behrndt, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), European Commission 
  • Alain Coheur, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, EESC

Participants could speak in English, French and Spanish and listen to English and French.