9.30 a.m. – Welcome

  • Séamus Boland, president of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

9.45 a.m. – A radical rethinking of consumption in a Europe that protects

  • Economic aspects. François Letondu, Head of macro-sectoral and macro-financial studies, Société Générale
  • The role of the European Commission. Marie-Paule Benassi, Head of Unit, Consumer Enforcement and Redress Unit, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • The Role of the European Parliament. Pascal Durand, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
  • The role of the EESC. Reine-Claude Mader, former EESC member and spokesperson for the EESC Consumers and Environment Category (2008-2015), former President of CLCV (Consommation, logement et cadre de vie (Consumption, Housing and Living Conditions))
  • Discussion

11.05 a.m. – Break

11.30 a.m. The new challenges

  • Social aspects. Jean-Daniel Lévy, Director of the Politics & Opinion Department, Harris Interactive
  • The challenge of the environment and climate. Lutz Ribbe, EESC member, President of the Sustainable Development Observatory, Director of the Department of Nature Protection Policy of the environmental foundation EuroNatur
  • The digital challenge. Louise Grabo, EESC member, President of the Digital Transition and Single Market Observatory, youth representative, member of the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU)
  • What form will consumption take in Europe post-COVID-19? Monique Goyens, Director General, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Discussion

12.50 p.m. – Conclusions

  • Bernardo Hernández Bataller, EESC member and spokesperson of the EESC Consumers and Environment Category
  • Thierry Libaert, EESC member and spokesperson of the EESC Consumers and Environment Category