The Liberal Professions, a lever for the Development of Europe: towards a European Manifesto of Professionals

Draft Programme


9.30 - 10.30 a.m. – Institutional welcome  

  • Luca Jahier - European Economic and Social Committee Group III President
  • Virginia Raggi - Mayor of Rome
  • Antonio Tajani - President of the European Parliament
  • Angelino Alfano - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Giuliano Poletti - Minister of Labour and Social Policies

10.30 – 11.00 a.m. - Presentation of ideas for the “European Manifesto of Professionals”

  • Arno Metzler - Vice President of Group III

11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  - Panel 1 – "Liberal Professions as a key asset for the development of the European Union"

Chair:  Marina Elvira Calderone -   Member of Group III

  • Prof. Giovanni Maria Flick - President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court and former Minister of Justice
    Liberal professions: legal protection and economic growth
  • Bernhard Wisleitner - Certified Management Consultant, former Managing Director of the Architects' and Civil Engineers' pension scheme in Austria, former Assistant Professor at the faculty of law at the University of Vienna
    Professional integrated welfare and sectorial welfare, pension systems
  • Prof. Anne Schaefer, M.A. - Professor of social security law and health law, University of Applied Sciences Fulda
    Specific professional and ethical rules and education

Throughout the day:

''The European Union: a story of a friendship. Adenauer. De Gasperi. Schuman''

Exhibition organized in cooperation with the De Gasperi Foundation - Sala del Carrocio


1.00 p.m. - Guided visit of the Hall of the Horatii and Curatii - Conservators' Apartment


1.30 - 2.30 p.m. - Buffet lunch at the Caffarelli Terrace, Campidoglio Palace


2.30 – 2.45 p.m - Institutional welcome

  • Tiziano Treu - President of the National Council of Economy and Labour (CNEL)

2.45 – 4.00 p.m. – Panel 2 – "The regulation of liberal professions in Europe – between market and common constitutional traditions"

Chair:  Rudolf Kolbe - Member of Group III

  • Prof. Giuseppe Colavitti - University of L’Aquila
    Internal market, competition and ethical independence  
  • Prof. Wolfgang Ewer - President of the German Federation of Liberal Professions
    Proportionality tests and safeguarding the related public interests
  • Prof. Francesco Saverio Bertolini - Professor at the University of Teramo
    Public functions of liberal professions
  • Carlos Matias Ramos - Member of Group III
    The free movement of liberal professions in Europe, between risks and opportunities

4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Panel 3 – "Safeguards and the dignity of liberal professions in Europe"

Chair: Ben Rizzo - Member of Group III

  • Prof. Franco Gallo - President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court, Former Minister for Finance, President of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopaedia
    Fair pay, professional independence and service quality
  • Tommaso di Fazio - Member of Group III
    The social dumping of independent workers and equality in working conditions
  • Prof. Theodoros Koutroubas - Director General - Senior Policy Advisor of the European Council of the Liberal Professions (CEPLIS)
    The ethical, social and freethinking value of the liberal professions

5.00 p.m. - Conclusions – Contributions to a "European Manifesto of Professionals"

Work organisation