Draft programme

22 April 2020

10.00 – 12.30 Opening Session (JDE 62)

  • Chaired by Brikena Xhomaqi, Liaison Group interim co-chair (LLLP)

Welcome by Luca Jahier, EESC President

Discussion on the challenges in building a sustainable future with:

  • Martin Frick, Senior Director, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)  (tbc)
  •  Lucija Karnelutti, Generation Climate Europe 
  • Jan Noterdaeme, Senior Advisor, CSR Europe, Brussels 
  • Blazenka Seckar, civil society organization GONG, Croatia


12.30 – 14.00 Lunch buffet (Foyer 6)

14.00 – 17.00 First round of 3 workshops in parallel 

  1. Multilevel Sustainable Democracy in Europe (Room JDE 62)

  2. Social Economy: a way forward for youth entrepreneurship (Room JDE 63)

  3. Education and culture for a sustainable future for all (Atrium 6)

23 April 2020

10.00 - 13.00 Second round of 3 workshops in parallel

  1. How can the European Green Deal foster true environmental sustainability? (Room JDE 62)

  2. Youth activism to counter the shrinking civic space and contribute to a sustainable future for Europe (Atrium 6)

  3. Socialising the European Green Deal (Room JDE 63)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch buffet (Foyer 6)

14.30 – 17.30 Closing Session (JDE 62)

  • Moderator: Assya Kavrakova, Director of ECAS

Presentation of the recommendations of the six workshops

Panel discussion between EU institutions, organised civil society and the audience:

  • Katarina Barley, Vice-President of the European Parliament, responsible of Information Policy, Press and Citizens Relations
  • Ivica Bošnjak, State Secretary at the Croatian Minister for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, on behalf of the Croatian EU Presidency
  • Vasco Alves Cordeiro, 1st Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions (tbc)
  • Piotr Sadowski, Secretary General of Volonteurope and President of Social Platform
  • Ingeborg Niestroy, Steering Group SDG Watch Europe 
  • Victor Meseguer, Director of SEE
  • Tina Hočevar, Vice President of the European Youth Forum
  • Hanna Surmatz, Senior Legal Officer European Foundation Centre

Towards a Sustainable future for European Citizens - Conclusions by:

  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for European Green Deal, European Commission (tbc)
  • Luca Jahier, EESC President
  • Brikena Xhomaqi, Liaison Group interim co-chair (LLLP)