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9.30 a.m. | Opening session and introduction

  • Gabriele BISCHOFF, President of the Workers' Group

9.40 a.m. | Intervention of Katja LEHTO-KOMULAINEN, Deputy General Secretary of ETUC

9.55 a.m. | Political and institutional situation: challenges and opportunities for the trade unions in the EU in 2017

  • New US President, consequences for the EU
  • New President of the European Parliament and the end of the informal "big coalition"
  • Brexit and the EU strategy 
  • Up-date on situation in Italy and Rumania
  • Elections in Netherlands, France, Germany
  • Debate

11.45 a.m. | Social Pillar and posting of workers: follow up and our priorities

  • Debate

2.30 p.m. | Our work in the Committee in 2017

Debate on:

  • Priorities of the Group and new political activities
  • Future of the EESC
  • Budget
  • Communication
  • Our network and new alliances

4.45 p.m. l Conclusions

  • Gabriele BISCHOFF, President of the Workers' Group

5 p.m. | End of the meeting