Day of the Liberal Professions 2023

Fostering skills and delivering the Green Deal

10.30 – 11.00 Opening session

  • Welcome addresses

Rudolf Kolbe, Spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions Category

Marina Elvira Calderone, Italian Minister for Labour and Social Policies

Othmar Karas, First Vice President of the European Parliament

  • Key note Speech: The climate challenges: Why the professions need to act

Prof Ralf Niebergall, Vice President of the Federal Chamber of German Architects

11.00 – 12.00 Panel 1: Liberal professions fit for 55

MODERATOR: Giovanni Marcantonio, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • How to make SMEs, social economy enterprises, crafts and liberal professions Fit for 55 (INT/979): The most important political levers

Milena Angelova, EESC Member and rapporteur of INT/979, Secretary-General of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association

  • A healthy Green Deal: Public health in the focus of the transition

Ber Oomen, CEO of the European Specialist Nurses Organisation

  • Q&A

12.00 – 13.00 Panel 2: How to create a beautiful, sustainable and inclusively built environment: The New European Bauhaus

MODERATOR: Martin Böhme, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • The soul of the Green Deal: How liberal professions fit in

Daniel Fügenschuh, President of the Austrian Chamber of Architects and Engineers

  • The impact of the New European Bauhaus on liberal professional services: The example of European architects

Ruth Schagemann, President of the Architects Council of Europe

  • The revolution of new wooden building techniques

Susanne Rudenstam, Director of Construction at Swedish Wood

  • Q&A

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.30 Panel 3: Improving skills in order to improve our future

MODERATOR: Ágnes Cser, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • How training and lifelong learning secure a skilled workforce

Friedemann Schmidt, President of the German Association of Liberal Professions

  • Overcoming the challenges of green and digital transition: A matter of skills?

Gaetano Stella, President of CEPLIS

  • Putting words into practice: The CLGE's First STEP Programme

Sarah Sherlock, Vice President of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors

  • Q&A

15.30 – 16.30 Panel 4: Transition tools and how to work with them

MODERATOR: Ben Rizzo, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • EU Taxonomy Compass and the future of EU taxonomy

Marcel Haag, Director for Horizontal Policies of the DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

  • No transition without binding right-to-train

Ilkka Penttinen Fouto, Project and Policy Officer at Eurocadres

  • Q&A

16.30 – 17.00  Summary and comments from the Liberal Professions Category

  • Rudolf Kolbe, Spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions Category