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9:00 | Registration

9:30 | Opening

  • Maureen O’Neill, President, SOC Section, EESC
  • Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna, Spokesperson of the Social Economy Category, EESC
  • Carlo Presenti, General Director at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Attaché Youth and Sport at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
  • Heinz K. Becker, MEP, rapporteur for the European Parliament on the "Social Business Initiative"

10:00 | Stocktaking – where is the EU in terms of promoting the Social Economy and the role of Social Enterprises as drivers of social innovation, competitiveness and social well-being?

Moderator: Maureen O’Neill, President of the SOC Section, EESC

  • Jens Nilsson, MEP, European Parliament Social Economy Intergroup
  • Amaryllis Verhoeven, Deputy Head of Unit MARKT 01 (Single Market Policy, Relations with the Council), DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission
  • Apostolos Ioakimidis, Policy Officer (Entrepreunership 2020 Cooperatives, Mutuals, Social Enterprises, Family Businesses), DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Xavier Le Mounier, Policy Officer (Innovation Policy for Growth), DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Alain Coheur, President, Social Economy Europe (SEE)


11:30 | Coffee-break

11:40 | Learning from outside the EU – what are other international organisations doing in the Social Economy area?

Moderator: Martin Siecker, President, INT Section, EESC

  • Antonella Noya, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Roberto di Meglio, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO
  • Sarah Cook, Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, United Nations
  • Guggi Laryea, International Affairs Officer, World Bank


13:00 | Lunch

14:30 | Learning from practice – case studies of how Social Economy and Social Enterprises are concretely contributing to social innovation and competitiveness

Moderator: Antonello Pezzini, Member of the Employers Group, Rapporteur of the EESC Opinion on the Innovation Investment Package

  • Le mutual Groupe MGEN, France - Julie Savary, Head of Mission, Cabinet of the Presidency
  • The Wales Council for Voluntary Actions, Communities Investment Fund - Matthew Brown, Manager
  • Coöperatieve Esbeek: An example of a Rural alliance, Netherlands – Wiet van Meel, volunteer sustainable development advisor to Coöperatieve Esbeek and professional occupation at Pontifax and Coopnet


15:45 | New perspectives – defining the priorities for the new European Commission and the new European Parliament

Moderator: Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna, Spokesperson, Social Economy Category, EESC

  • Juan Antonio Pedreno, Vice-president of Social Economy Europe (SEE) and President of CEPES
  • Klaus Niederländer, Director, Cooperatives Europe
  • Gregor Pozniak, Secretary-General, Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE)
  • Ariane Rodert, EESC Member, Coordinator of the EESC Social Enterprise Project


17:00 | Conclusions

  • Lieve Fransen, Director (Europe 2020 Strategy: Social Policies), DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Luca Jahier, President of the Various Interests Group, EESC