European Day of the Liberal Professions 2022

Liberal Professions: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

10.30 – 11.00 Welcome by the professions category

  • Welcome address by Rudolf Kolbe, co-spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions category
  • Key note Speech: Liberal professions and pandemic legislation using Austria as an example
  • Julia Told, Univ. Prof. Dr. iur. of Civil and Corporate law, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Introductory statement by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Evelyn Regner

11.00 – 12.00 Panel 1 Digitalization:

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

  • The Covid 19 crisis and its impact on digitalization of liberal professions – ranging from data management, privacy protection and legal implications

Maurizio Mensi, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions category, Member of the scientific committee of Italian Confederation of Academic Professionals (CIU)

  • The impact of digitalization on professional rules: What needs to be adapted?

Martin Le Vrang, Deputy Head of Unit at DG GROW.D.1 Skills, Services, Professions, European Commission

  • How to secure trust in liberal professional in digital surroundings?

Friedemann Schmidt, President of the Federal Association of Liberal Professions in Germany

12.00 – 13.00 Panel 2 Future and challenges of Liberal Professions

MODERATOR: Marina Elvira Calderone, co-spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions category

  • New scenarios for the Liberal Professions

Giuseppe Colavitti, Professor University of L'Aquila and L.U.I.S.S. University of Rome

  • The future of (new) liberal professions in the light of the (Post) - Covid 19 crisis

Anna Maria Bardone, President of the Board of Italian Industrial Property Consultants Institute

  • New Liberal Professions: Enhancing interdisciplinary cooperation

Marie-Françoise Gondard-Argenti, EESC Member of the Liberal Professions category, President of the social affairs committee of the National Union of Liberal Professions (UNAPL)

  • How to get more women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions, and how to make them successful in their careers

Blaženka Mičević, Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) and Director at AGRODET Ltd

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.30 Panel 3: Education

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

  • Introducing modern professional ethics in education and CPD in the field of Liberal Professions

Victoria Ortega, President of the Interprofessional Association (Unión Profesional), First Vice-President of the European Council of the Liberal Professions

  • How to make the spark fly: Raising the interest in liberal professions in children and young adults after the crisis experience?

Miriam Teuma, Chair of European Steering Committee for Youth for the Council of Europe and Chair of the Joint Youth Council of the Council of Europe, co-chair of the EU expert group for Youth work

  • How to adapt Continuous Professional Development (LifeLongLearning) Systems

Thomas Kearns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

15.30 – 16.30 Panel 4: Sustainable Development

MODERATOR: Rudolf Kolbe, co-spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions category

  • The New European Bauhaus: The important role of liberal professions in the participatory process towards a green transition and better and more sustainable living

Klaus Thürriedl, President of the European Chamber of Engineers Chambers (ECEC)

  • Sustainable Development as societal necessity and guideline for Liberal Professional activities: the manifold roles and fields of activity

Sabrina Diamanti, President of the Italian National Council of Agronomists and Foresters (CONAF)

  • The Green Deal as economic driver in the Post – Covid 19 crisis and Recovery Phase

Heinrich Bökamp, President of the Federal Chamber of Engineers in Germany

16.30 – 17.00  Summary and comments from the professions category

  • by Marina Elvira Calderone, co-spokesperson of the EESC Liberal Professions category