For a European Just Transition Strategy - Trade union strategies against industrial relocation in Castilla y León

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Castilla y León, in the northwestern part of the central Iberian Peninsula, is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Spain. It has also suffered decades of migration towards the urban centres in Madrid and the coast, exacerbated by industrial offshoring and relocation both within and towards outside the European Union. However, that is not the end of the story: workers, organised in trade unions, have managed to fight back, keeping their jobs (and the region) alive. 

On the 29th of November, the Workers' Group is visiting the Economic and Social Council of Castilla y León, where we will learn about experiences of industrial offshoring and relocation in the region, hear and discuss successful trade union strategies to stop it, and develop a European Just Transition Strategy. Members of the Workers' Group will discuss these issues with MEP Iratxe García Pérez, S&D Group President, Regional Counsellor Germán Barrios García, and other members of regional civil society and trade union organisations.


09:30    Breakfast with the Press

             Press conference

10:15   Welcome and presentation  of the event

Germán Barrios, Regional Counsellor for Employment and Industry in the Castilla y León region 

Lucie Studničná (President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI), EESC)

10:40   Institutional allocation

  • Enrique Cabrero Morán, Economic and Social Council of Castilla y León

10:50   Experiences and proposals of delocated companies in Castilla y León

            Moderator: José Antonio Moreno Díaz (EESC, CC.OO)

  • Vicente Andrés Granado, General Secretary CCOO, Castilla y León
  • Faustino Temprano Vergara. General Secretary UGT, Castilla y León
  • Dámaso Javier Vicente Blanco, Prof. of Private International Law of the University of Valladolid (UVA)

11:50   Presentation of the Anclaje Foundation

  • Carlos Escudero, Director

12:10   For a European Just Transition Strategy

Moderator: Isabel Caño Aguilar (Vice-President, EESC, UGT)

  • Iratxe García Pérez (President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament)
  • Oliver Röpke (President of the Workers’ group, EESC)

12. 45  Debate    

13.30   Closing speech

  • Iratxe García Pérez (President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament) and Oliver Röpke, (President of the Workers group, EESC)


Information Report - For a European Just Transition Strategy