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In its commitment to becoming a climate-neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission has presented the European Green Deal. Now it is time to make sure that the green transition is just and socially fair. This will require substantial changes in the way we live, work, produce and consume, and towards what activities our investment capital is directed.
This workshop sets out to explore the ways in which we can ensure that the European Green Deal is not only a roadmap for a green and sustainable future, but also a socially inclusive future for Europe. It will open with a plenary debate and short Q&A session with speakers from EU institutions, social partners, civil society organisations and actors of the social economy sector. Participants will then join two breakout sessions, each discussing a different aspect of the social dimension of the European Green Deal and the way it can contribute to inclusive economic growth that leaves no one behind.
Kélig Puyet, Social Platform
9:40-10:40 Workshop plenary session – Panel debate & short Q&A:
Moderator: Kélig Puyet, Social Platform
Carlos Trias Pintó, EESC
Aurore Lalucq, MEP
Leo Williams, EAPN, tbc
Marco Cilento, ETUC
Giuseppe Guerini, CECOP
Denis Stokkink, Pour la Solidarité
10:40-11:40 Breakout sessions
Just transitions – How can we ensure that in the transition to a green economy people are not excluded from the labour market and society? How do we redirect investment flows to sustainable activities that take account of economic, social and governance criteria and make citizens participate in the financing?
Social economy and inclusive social services in the Green Deal – How can we ensure that social services are accessible, affordable, sustainable and of quality during the transition to a green economy?
11:40-11:55 Coffee break
11:55-12:30 Reporting back to the plenary & breakout session recommendations