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The European Social Observatory (OSE) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) have the pleasure of inviting you to the (hybrid) launch event of the 23rd edition of "Social policy in the EU: state of play" (Bilan social de l’UE).

Key questions for the event will include: Will performance-based financing be the new (more intrusive) governance design for EU funds? Have member states integrated a ‘socio-ecological dimension’ in their Recovery and Resilience Plans? What are the next steps in making the Pillar of Social Rights a reality? And what are both the advances and setbacks in European integration, following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine?

The event at the ETUI premises and online – will be an opportunity for an exchange of views between researchers, national and European stakeholders and policymakers on recent developments, challenges and opportunities for Social Europe.


Welcome and introduction: Philippe Pochet (ETUI) and Bart Vanhercke (OSE) 

Steering national social reforms through the EU’s recovery plan

David Bokhorst (European University Institute, Florence) Download here the presentation

Q&A with the audience, introduced by Amandine Crespy (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Luca Rossi (Head of Unit, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission

Session chair/moderator: Slavina Spasova (OSE)

The socio-ecological dimension of the EU’s recovery: further traction for the European Green Deal?

Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI) and Sebastiano Sabato (OSE) Download here the presentation

Q&A with the audience, introduced by Frank Siebern Thomas (Head of Fair, Green, and Digital Transitions, European Commission

Session chair/moderator: Philippe Pochet (ETUI)

Conclusions: Slavina Spasova (OSE)

Q&A with the audience introduced by Mary Collins (European Women’s lobby) and Marco Cilento (European Trade Union Confederation)

Session chair/moderator: Bart Vanhercke (OSE)