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13 June 2019, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, Room B, 1st floor

Implementing and enforcing the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR): Quo Vadis?

12h30 Some reflexions on the context of the EPSR based on the recently published book “ À la recherche de l ’Europe sociale” by Philippe Pochet, ETUI General Director 

12h40 – 14h: Taking stock of EPSR developments so far: has it delivered, what and for whom?
Caroline de la Porte, Professor, Copenhagen Business School - PPP
Sebastiano Sabato, Senior Researcher, European Social Observatory - PPP
Zane Rasnača, Researcher, ETUI - PPP

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, ETUI General Director

14h-14h30: Coffee break

14h30 – 16h00: The way forward: possible prospects for the EPSR during the next political term
Marco Cilento, Head of Institutional Policy ETUC
Beate Beller, Social Affairs Officer SOLIDAR
Krzysztof Nowaczek, Deputy Head of Unit – Coordination Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Moderator: Zane Rasnača, Researcher, ETUI

Briefing: The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) has been up and running for a while now. The proclamation on 17 November 2017 was a symbolic moment, a moment of renewed hopes and dreams for advancement of Social Europe. While the Social Pillar did not immediately change the lives of European citizens, it did contain a promise of better times and better rights ahead. Following in this direction, there has been a meaningful change in the social discourse, a move from inaction to action. Many old as well as new legislative and non-legislative initiatives have been introduced and advanced by the European Commission, and some have been agreed and put into law by the European Parliament and Council. It is time to assess the status of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Has it delivered? If so, what exactly, and for whom? It is also time, in the light of the recent European elections, to contemplate the future of the Pillar by reflecting on its possible destiny during the next political term.  Is the political momentum of the Pillar still going strong and, if yes, in which direction?

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A light lunch will be served from 12h in the restaurant on the same floor.

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