Workshop 1: Can we democratise the European Economy through the European Semester?

1 March 2023 - 13.30 – 15.00 • Room JDE 62

  • Organised by: SDG Watch Europe and the European Students’' Union (ESU), in cooperation with the EESC European Semester Group (ESG)
  • Moderated by: Ingeborg Niestroy, SDG Watch Europe

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Draft Agenda

  • 13:30-13:40: Presentation of the EESC opinion on the reform of the European Semester: Javier Doz Orrit, President of the EESC European Semester Group
  • 13:40-14:40: Panel discussion on the reform of the macroeconomic framework and the role of civil society:
    • Vukašin Ostojić, Policy Officer, Recovery and Resilience Facility Task Force, Secretariat-General of the European Commission
    • Olivia Galgau, Policy Analyst - Economist, European Commission, DG ECFIN
    • Matteo Vespa, President of the European Students' Union
    • Julie Rosenkilde, Nyt Europa Director, Steering Group of SDG Watch Europe
    • Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, Vice-President of the European Semester Group of the EESC - views from the employers' side on the European Semester
  • 14:40-14:55: Discussion with the public
  • 14:55-15:00: Reactions to the discussions and final words by Luca Jahier, Vice-President of the European Semester Group of the EESC

Concept note

We need to democratise our economy. Our economy should not only be for the few. Our societies are built alongside our economy, and it is a crucial part of every step of the political process. However, few people are part of this process. If we want to strive for a 'beyond growth economy', we need to democratise our economy and make it more participatory. The discussions about reforming the fiscal framework and the European Semester, as well as the lessons learnt from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, provide a good opportunity to shape the role investments and the social dimension should play in the reformed macroeconomic framework.

In this panel, we will discuss how to democratise the European economy through the European semester process, and look at how to better engage civil society and citizens in this process, both on a national and European level.

We will discuss which role CSOs play in this process, and how to better integrate participation in the European semester circle.

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