4 July 2019, 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

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2.30 p.m. Registration

3.00 p.m. Welcome address

  • Oliver Röpke, President, Workers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee, EESC
  • Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory, OSE

3.15 p.m. Socialising the EU budget

Introduction by Bart Vanhercke, OSE

Panel discussion introduced by

  • Anne Demelenne, EESC Member, rapporteur on ‘The European Semester and Cohesion policy’
  • Karl Pichelmann, Senior Adviser, DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
  • Kelig Puyet, Director, Platform of European Social NGOs

General debate

4.00 p.m. Towards a European unemployment benefit scheme

Introduction by

  • Oliver Röpke, President, EESC Workers' Group, and
  • Francesco Corti, University of Milan, and OSE

Panel discussion introduced by:

  • László Andor, Former EU Commisioner and currently Secretary-General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, FEPS  
  • Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC
  • Cosmin Dobran, Head of Unit, Secretariat General, European Commission

General debate

4.45 p.m  A Social Imbalances Procedure for the EU

Introduction by Sebastiano Sabato, OSE

Panel discussion introduced by:

  • Cinzia Del Rio, EESC Member, Rapporteur ‘The European Pillar of Social Rights – Evaluation of the initial implementation and recommendations for the future’
  • Jeroen Jutte, Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor, University of Amsterdam

General debate

5.45 p.m. Conclusions

Oliver Röpke, President, Workers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee, EESC

6.00 p.m.  Drink

Interpretation will be available in EN and FR.