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1 February 2016, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30 - 14h

Monthly Forum: The long and winding road from black to green – decades of structural change in the Ruhr region

Europe’s energy intensive industries and regions are facing the huge challenge of a restructuring process towards a resource and energy efficient sustainable economic model.

For one of Europe’s main industrial hubs, the Ruhr region, this transition took forty years and in many ways this can be seen as a success story. An ETUI study prepared for the ILO goes through the main stages of this process, examining the role of policies, institutions and main actors, trying also to identify critical moments of success and failure.

To what extent can the restructuring process of the Ruhr area from material and resource depleting economic model towards a knowledge based green economy stronghold, be seen as a model case? Can this development be seen as an example for other regions in Europe and more importantly can this pattern be followed?

Download here the issue of International Journal of Labour Research (issue 2/2014) in which the paper of Béla Galgóczi has been published.

Speaker: Béla Galgóczi, Senior Researcher ETUI

Comments: Peter Scherrer, Deputy General Secretary ETUC

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

A light lunch will be served from 12h00 in the room.

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