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9:00 a.m. | Opening plenary

  • Anne MACEY, Chief Executive, Confrontations Europe
  • Georgios DASSIS, President, European Economic and Social Committee


9:15 a.m. | Round-table 1: The energy transition: the actors’ perspective and role

Discussion on the challenges created by the energy transition, in particular in terms of

- skills anticipation

- professional and geographical transitions in coping with job mutations

- evolution of the employment statuses

How do the economic and social actors seize the mutations and try to transform them into opportunities rather than risks?

What is working and what is not? Why?

What ways for the adaptation of the social dialogue systems: at the company, sectoral, cross-industry, national and European levels?


  • Carole COUVERT, President, CFE-CGC (Confederation of Executives / FR)
  • Anne HOUTMAN, Principal Adviser, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Emmanuel PALLIET, Sustainable Development and CSR Division, Syndex (FR)
  • Antonello PEZZINI, Member of the EESC, Rapporteur of the opinion "The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs" (IT)
  • Jan RUDEN, President, SEKO (SE), Member of the EPSU Executive Committee, President of the Electricity Social Dialogue


Moderator: Ulrike FIRNISS, EU Affairs Representative, Gothenburg Business Region (SE)


10:45 a.m. | Coffee break


11:00 a.m. | Round-table 2: The digital transition: the actors’ perspective and role

The digital transition is transforming work, the place of individuals as well as the relationships between stakeholders, and questions the new role of the management. How do economic and social actors, in the framework of the social dialogue systems, apprehend this mutation? What are the main points of view, in particular in terms of time management (pressing problems, mid-term and long-term objectives) and on the scale of the challenges we are facing?

Which accompanying programmes for training and professional transitions?

What are your lines of action? For what objectives?

- What are the best ways to get players involved?

- At what level (enterprise, territorial, sectorial, national, European)?

- What place for the territorial dimension?

- What lessons to learn from existing actions?


  • Dominique BAILLY, Chair of the CSR committee, PostEurop, Director of HR Performance and Strategic Planning, La Poste Group (FR)
  • Dirk BERGRATH, Director of the Brussels’ office, IG Metall (DE)
  • Wolfgang GREIF, Vice-President of the EESC Workers Group and of the Section on Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion on the "Effects of digitalisation on service industries and employment" (AT)
  • Bahadir KALEAGASI, International Coordinator and EU Representative, TÜSIAD (representative organisation of the private sector / TR)
  • Gilles LODOLO, Director for Employment and Training, UIMM (FR), Member of the CEEMET
  • Antonio LONGO, President of the EESC Permanent Study Group "Digital Agenda" (IT)


Moderator: Anne MACEY, Chief Executive, Confrontations Europe


12:30 p.m. | Keynote Speech

  • Luca VISENTINI, Secretary General, ETUC


12:45 p.m. | Lunch break


2:15 p.m. | Round-table 3: Business transformation, social dialogue within the companies and on territories

We are facing together the necessity of meeting collective challenges that question the purpose of the social dialogue: climate, digital adaptation, jobs-training-professional transitions. These are first and foremost challenges for companies, which must change profoundly. What place for dialogue between the stakeholders, in particular the social dialogue, in order to address those issues?

How to rethink/reinvent the social dialogue today in Europe, from the practical experiences in companies/groups and on territories? What is working, and what are the difficulties encountered? How can European works councils find a new space?


  • Lorenza BADIELLO, ‎Director of EU Office, Emilia-Romagna Region (IT)
  • Arnaud CHATIN, ‎Head of EU Representation Office, Michelin (FR)
  • Samuel ENGBLOM, Policy Director, Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO)
  • Antoine FOUCHER, Deputy Director-General, MEDEF (FR)
  • Muriel MORIN, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Department, ENGIE
  • Robert SZEWCZYK, Senior Adviser in National Commission, Solidarnosc (PL)


Moderator: Frédéric TURLAN, Chief editor, Liaisons Sociales Europe (FR), Director of IR Share and Correspondent for Eurofound in France and Luxembourg


3:45 p.m. | Coffee break


4:00 p.m. | Round-table 4: Mutations and social dialogue at the sectoral and European levels

In order to strengthen the role of the social dialogue, its capacity for innovation:

What successful experiences for the social dialogue at the sectoral level? And what coordination with the national and European levels?

How to improve the coordination between the company and territorial levels and the European level? What role for the different national and sectoral structures?

What course of action should we follow? How can the EU encourage and improve the social dialogue’s involvement into the European economic and social governance?


  • Sebastian HOPFNER, President of the “Social Dialogue” platform, Insurance Europe
  • Laurent LASCOLS, Head of Group Public Affairs, Société Générale (FR), Member of the European Banking Federation
  • Garance PINEAU, Vice-Chair of the Social Affairs Committee, BusinessEurope
  • Oliver ROETHIG, Regional Secretary, Uni-Europa (European trade union federation for services and communication)


Moderator: Marcel GRIGNARD, President, Confrontations Europe


5:30-6:00 p.m. | Conclusions

  • Marcel GRIGNARD, President, Confrontations Europe



For the latest version of the agenda, please click on the document below.


Draft Programme Confrontations Europe