European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Accueil > Events > Europe at a crossroads. Which way to quality jobs and pro...


24 September - 26 September 2014, Hotel Thon Europe, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Europe at a crossroads. Which way to quality jobs and prosperity?

ETUI - ETUC Conference

To build a Europe of jobs and sustainable prosperity is the project of fundamental concern within the world of labour. In order to achieve more social cohesion and better jobs, the European Union must be set firmly on the road to a genuine process of reconstruction.

After so much emphasis on the ills perpetrated by austerity policies over the last few years, it is high time now to focus on the core issue of employment and to devise a new way forward that will enable us to tackle the challenges of unemployment, segmentation of labour markets, precarious work, mobility, training, employment of older workers, or psycho-social risks in the workplace. How can we build a true European economic democracy that will strengthen social dialogue and the information, consultation and participation of workers in economic life? What steps can be taken to prevent social dumping?

These crucial issues were the focus of a major conference held under the joint auspices of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

Attending the debates were figures from academia, politics and the trade unions known for their expertise in the area of employment-friendly growth. The discussion topics were introduced by high-level international speakers. All participants were invited to contribute to this reconstruction of Europe based on topics such as investment and industrial innovation for a just transition, quality jobs, improved working conditions, and cohesion and European prosperity redefined.

The gathering also provided an opportunity to sound out the men and women appointed to take up political responsibilities in the new Commission and the new European Parliament, as well as in the member states.

  • Full programme and speakers: see PDF document in the right column. .
  • Tweet about the programme and the debates before, during and after the conference with the following hashtag: #EUCrossr
  • A special Storify dossier with live tweets, pictures and video interviews was created to report about the conference
  • The presentations and video interviews related to the different plenaries and panels can be found on the individual pages hereunder.


Full programme (click on the respective session titles for background info, speakers' list, presentations and video interviews)

Wednesday 24 September

18.00 - 20.00h

Thursday 25 September

09.00 - 10.40h

10.40 - 11.10h: Coffee break

11.10 - 12.50h

12.50 - 14.00h: lunch

14.00 - 15.30h

15.30 - 16.00h: Tea break

16.00 - 17.30h

Friday 26 September

09.00 - 10.40h

10.40 - 11.10h: Coffee break

11.10 - 13.00h

Plenary D: The future of jobs – is unemployment inevitable?

13.00 - 14.15h: Lunch

14.15 - 15.30h

Plenary E: Conference closure – is precarity the only vision for the future?


See all the video interviews of the Conference


Download documents

All events