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The European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee are pleased to announce that a side event to the Social Summit took place in Gothenburg on 16th November 2017 to discuss the role of Social Economy in the future of work.
This event aimed to bring together a variety of stakeholders: actors, representatives, and supporters of the social economy in its diversity, policy makers at European, national and local levels, and academics. They were invited to present the important contribution of Social Economy to economic growth and social cohesion in the European Union, as well as its potential for achieving significant objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights, such as fair working conditions. Real life examples served to illustrate this.
After the conference, a Citizen’s Dialogue organized by the European Commission and open to all took place in the same venue. Meet Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and the Swedish Employment Minister Ylva Johansson. During 90 minutes, the Commissioners and the Minister gave their views and replied to your questions. This Citizens' Dialogue took place the day before the Social Summit for fair jobs and growth in Göteborg hosted by the European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, where issues such as how individuals can get in to the labour market, secure good conditions on the labour market and successfully transition on the labour market were discussed.