Launch of the 21st edition of "Social policy in the European Union"
Zoom, 14h-16h30 (CET)

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The OSE and the ETUI have the pleasure to invite you to this webinar for the launch of the 21st edition of ‘Social policy in the European Union’. 

Welcome and introducing the book outline of the book: Luca Visentini, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Philippe Pochet, ETUI General Director, Oliver Röpke, ÖGB, President of the EESC Workers´ Group and Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory 

After the European elections and the first wave of Covid‑19: prospects for EU social policymaking, Karen Anderson, associate professor, University College Dublin (Download here the presentation)

The economic and social consequences of Covid‑19, Martin Myant, associate researcher at the ETUI (Download here his presentation)

Covid‑19 and European Union health policy: from crisis to collective action, Anniek de Ruijter, Professor, University of Amsterdam 

Q&A with the audience 

Panel discussion:

László Andor, Secretary General Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Margarida Arenga, Employment and Social affairs attaché, Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU

Antoine Kasel, Head of Cabinet, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit

Per Hilmersson, Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Conclusions: Slavina Spasova and Boris Fronteddu, Researchers, European Social Observatory 

Chair: Bart Vanhercke, Director, OSE


The online conference is taking place on Zoom, with live feed from the ETUI meeting room in Brussels. Interpretation English-French will be available. 

Two other launch events/webinars will follow - Please save the dates:

Gender equality and in-work poverty: which role for the EU? 

Friday 22 January (10h to 12h30)


Beyond the Covid-19 emergency: which overarching political strategy for the EU?

Thursday 28 January (14h to 16h30)