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1 April 2019, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, Room B, 1st floor; 12h30-14h30

ETUI Lunch debate: Rebooting Social Europe. Some proposals to improve the social dimension.

ETUI Lunch debate, organised in cooperation with the French Economic Observatory - Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE)

Briefing: In a little more than two months, European citizens will elect a new European Parliament which will codetermine the direction which Social Europe will take in the years to come. The French Economic Observatory (OFCE) and the ETUI are co-organizing this lunch debate in order to put forward some ideas on how to deal with key issues such as the convergence (or lack thereof) of labour markets in Europe, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe and the promotion of gender equality in the professions which are driving the debate at European level. The speakers will contribute to the current debate by examining the different paths that can be taken in order to improve the European project, what concrete steps need to be taken and what compromises will have to be reached in order to converge our economies towards a social and prosperous Europe.


  • The European social dimension in perspective, Maria Jepsen, ETUI see Presentation 
  • Is the European Union's strategy to promote professional equality effective? Hélène Périvier, OFCE see Presentation 
  • The European labour market(s), Xavier Ragot, OFCE see Presentation 
  • Nominal convergence and divergence in the CEECs, Sandrine Levasseur, OFCE see Presentation 

Comments: Federico Lucidi, Policy officer - Employment and social aspects of the European Semester - European Commission and Ben Egan, Advisor ETUC

Moderator: Vera dos Santos Costa, ETUI

Lunch will be served as from 12h in front of the meeting room.

Organization:  Maria Jepsen, Jérôme Creel, Xavier Ragot

FR/EN interpretation will be available.

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