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Plenary B Is there a trade-off between competitiveness and quality jobs?

Thursday 25 September 16:00-17:30

Plenary B Is there a trade-off between competitiveness and quality jobs?

Competiveness is seen as one of the main challenges for the future of the European economy and jobs. This session sets out to debate latest knowledge on how competitiveness is developing across Europe and what this implies for the future of the labour markets and economic development models.How should one understand competitiveness in the European setting? Is competitiveness the right way of thinking about poor economic performance in Europe, or if it is a misleading concept? If competitiveness is relevant what are the main drivers and what is the role of wages as well as capital in driving competitiveness? What does this imply in terms of setting an agenda for structural reforms in Europe leading to an economic model based on the ‘high road?

Speakers:

− Stefan Collignon, London School of Economics - PRESENTATION

− Philippe Lamberts, Co-Chair of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

− Alfred Kleinknecht, Emeritus Professor of Economics, TU Delft and Fellow of WSI (Hans-Böckler-Stiftung) - PRESENTATION

− Detlef Eckert, Director, Europe 2020: Employment Policies Directorate, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Discussant: Józef Niemiec, Deputy General Secretary, ETUC

Moderator: Maria Jepsen, Director of the Research Department, ETUI

Next: Plenary C: Is the rise in inequality here to stay?

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