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15 November

Opening session

8 -9.30             Registration of participants

9:30-10:30          Welcome speeches

  • Georges Dassis, President, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  •  Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

10:30-11         Coffee break


11-11.10   Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic

Working sessions
11.10-1 p.m.      Work and Society

Session Chair: Luca Jahier, President of "Various Interests" Group, EESC

  • Frank Vander Sijpe, Director of HR Research, Securex Belgium
  • Wolfgang Greif, EESC Member, Employees' Group
  • Tinkara Oblak, Lead Board Member for Employment, European Youth Forum




1-2.30        Lunch

2.30-4.15       Decent jobs for all

Session Chair: Ms Gabriele Bischoff, President of Workers' Group, EESC

  • Irmgard Nübler, ILO Senior Economist
  • Jukka Ahtela, EESC Member, Employers' Group
  • Dr Maria Jepsen, Director of Research, European Trade Union Institute




4.15-4.30         Coffee break

4.30-6.30       The Organization of Work and Production

Session Chair: Vladimira Drbalovà, Vice-President of Employers' Group

  • Janine Berg, ILO Senior Economist
  • Representative of EESC from "Various Interests" group
  • Mario van Mierlo, Senior Advisor for Social Affairs, VNO-NCW (tbc)




16 novembre

Working session
9.30-11.30           The Governance of Work

Session Chair: Heinz Koller, ILO Director for Europe and Central Asia

  • Kris De Meester, representative of International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Giuseppe Guerini, President, European Confederation of Services and Industrial Cooperatives
  • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation




11.30-11.45         Coffee break


11.45-12.15    Closing speeches
  • Nicolas Niemtchinow, ILO special adviser on the future of work
  • Georges Dassis, President, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)