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9 October 2018

9 a.m. | Opening session

  • Welcome address
  • Gabriele BISCHOFF, Workers' Group President

9.10 a.m. | Keynote speech

Trade Union Challenges in view of 1 year conservative/right-wing government in Austria

  • Wolfgang KATZIAN, President of the ÖGB

9.30 a.m. | Analysis of the EU Presidency programme and priorities

  • Interventions
  • Valentin WEDL, Head of the EU and International Department, Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour
  • Hannes SWOBODA, Former Head of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • Oliver RÖPKE, Head of the Brussels office of the ÖGB, member of the Workers' Group



10.45 a.m. | Press point

11.15 a.m. | Nationalists on the rise – Europe globally on the defensive

  • Keynote speaker
  • Raimund LÖW, Journalist and Historian


2 p.m. | Trade unions under pressure/attack. How to deal with nationalism, populism and neoliberal policies

  • Interventions
  • Jörg LEICHTFRIED, Member of the Austrian Parliament
  • Eva ZEGLOVITS, Political Scientist, IFES - Institute for Empirical Social Studies
  • Elisa GUTSCHE, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


3.45 p.m. | Trade unions under pressure/attack - National experiences

  • Introduction
  • Rudy DE LEEUW, President of the ETUC, member of the Workers' Group
  • Interventions of the members

4.45 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Gabriele BISCHOFF, Workers' Group President

5.00 p.m. | End of the meeting