Workshop 6: A Social Green Deal for a sustainable recovery

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Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

Organised by the Social Platform[1],Solidar[2] and the EESC section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO)

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Draft programme

10:00 – 10:10 Opening

Piotr Sadowski, President of the Social Platform

10:10 – 11:10 Workshop plenary session

Panel debate & short Q&A:

Moderator: Mikael Leyi, Secretary-General of SOLIDAR


  • Javier Doz Orrit, President of the EESC European Semester Group
  • Aurore Lalucq, MEP and Co-chair of the intergroup on the Green New Deal (tbc)
  • Anna Krozser, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at EAPN (tbc)
  • Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC (tbc)
  • Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP (European Confederation of Worker and Social Cooperatives) member of the EESC

11:10 – 11:40 Breakout sessions

  • Just transitions – How can we ensure that in the transition to a green economy people are not excluded from the labour market and society? How do we redirect investment flows to sustainable activities that take account of economic, social and governance criteria and make citizens participate in the financing?
  • A Green Deal for a Just Recovery – How can we make sure the Green Deal is at the centre of the resilience and recovery plans to ensure a green and just recovery after COVID-19? What does this mean for the EU's economic governance and social policies?

11:40 – 12:00 Reporting back to the plenary

Formulation of final recommendations and closing

Concept note

In its commitment to becoming a climate-neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission has presented the European Green Deal. Now it is time to make sure that the green transition is just and socially fair. This will require substantial changes in the way we live, work, produce and consume.

This workshop sets out to explore the ways in which we can ensure that the European Green Deal is not only a roadmap for a green and sustainable future, but also a socially inclusive future for all in the recovery after COVID-19. It will open with a plenary debate and short Q&A session with speakers from EU institutions, social partners, civil society organisations and actors from the social economy sector. Participants will then join two breakout sessions, each discussing a different aspect of the social dimension of the European Green Deal and the way it can contribute to inclusive economic growth that leaves no one behind.

[1]  Social Platform is the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe. Consisting of 47 pan-European networks of NGOs, we campaign to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives. Social Platform acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission's Europe for Citizens programme, managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

[2] SOLIDAR is a European and worldwide network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. With over 60 member organisations based in 29 countries (24 of which are EU countries), member organisations are national CSOs in Europe, as well as some non-EU and EU-wide organisations, working in one or more of our fields of activity.