Hybrid public hearing on ''Towards a European Social Union: the ‘Social Imbalances Procedure’''

Hybrid event via Interactio video conference system and in JDE 61, EESC – Friday, 3 February 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

09:30 - 10:00 | Testing connections for speakers

10:00 - 10:05 | Introduction by Andrej Zorko, President of the study group

10:05 - 10:10 | Opening remarks by Justyna Kalina Ochędzan, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion

10:10 - 11:25 | Panel 1: General overview by institutional stakeholders

Moderator: Kristina Krupavičienė, Study group member

Keynote speaker:  Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory

Interventions by:

  • Jaime Iglesias Sánchez-Cervera, Deputy Director General for International Socio-Labour Relations, Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Economy
  • Emiliano Rustichelli, Chair of the Employment Committee, Council of the EU
  • Katia Berti, Head of the European Semester EMCO Unit, European Commission
  • Christine Frayne, Head of the Macroeconomic imbalances Unit, European Commission


11:25 - 11:30 | Break

11:35 - 12:50 | Panel 2: the perspective of social partners, civil society organisations and academia

Moderator: Kristina Krupavičienė, Study group member

Keynote speaker: Francesco Corti, Research Fellow (CEPS) and Adjunct Professor (University of Milan)

Interventions by:

  • Esther Lynch, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Guillaume Afellat, Senior Policy Advisor, SGI Europe
  • Katja Reuter, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Social Platform
  • Mikael Leyi, Secretary General, Solidar


12:50 - 12:55 | Conclusions by Justyna Kalina Ochędzan, rapporteur of the EESC opinion

12:55 - 13:00 | Closing remarks by Andrej Zorko, President of the study group

Participants can speak and listen English, French, German, Polish and Romanian.