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  • Plenary A
The need for a new economic, social and environmental sustainability paradigm
European Parliament from EU
Ursula von der Leyen
President
European Commission
Luca Visentini - ETUC
Luca Visentini
General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
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Philippe Pochet
General Director
ETUI
Laurent Berger
Laurent Berger
President
European Trade Union Confederation
Hans Bruyninckx
Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director
European Environment Agency
Philippe Lamberts
Philippe Lamberts
MEP, Co-president
The Greens/European Free Alliance
Maria João Rodrigues
Maria João Rodrigues
President
Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) 
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  • Plenary B
Mission economy: A moonshot guide to changing capitalism
Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL)
Luca Visentini - ETUC
Luca Visentini
General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Reiner Hoffmann
Reiner Hoffmann
Chair
German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Inga Ruginienė
Inga Ruginienė
President
Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation
Pepe Álvarez
Pepe Álvarez
General Secretary
General Workers Union (UGT)
Miranda Ulens
Miranda Ulens
General Secretary
General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB/ABVV)
Plamen Dimitrov
Plamen Dimitrov
President
Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria

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with interpretation in English / en français / en español

Timing: all times are Brussels time CET

Location: Online

The need to effectively tackle global warming puts under pressure the existing industrial relations models in Europe. A new logic of sustainability needs to be incorporated into the social contracts in order to (re)build harmonious labour relations. A viable world of labour requires a new sustainability paradigm, which encompasses all three of its dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

Achieving economic sustainability (within the planetary boundaries) has become more challenging. Actual economic growth has come at a critically high cost in terms of inequality of opportunities and outcomes, planetary resources, biodiversity and environmental degradation, thus undermining both social and environmental sustainability. Social sustainability is also likely to come under increasing pressure from the impending fourth industrial revolution. In turn, widening inequality and climate change are forcing us to question the way we measure prosperity and wellbeing.

The magnitude of the required paradigm shift to ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability implies large-scale economic and societal change and serious deliberation. All workers need to be actively involved in a just transition and nobody should be left behind. Massive societal coalitions will have to be built for a shared vision to emerge and for the just transition, with fairly distributed costs, to be supported. But this is also an opportunity to redefine what we consider to be our societal goals and how they relate to the current focus on (green) growth.

The next ETUI-ETUC conference will pursue different lines of inquiry and discussion, seeking to understand not only the challenges before us but also to identify what we can do today and tomorrow in order to establish a new social, economic and environmental contract. What targets or objectives should be set, and how might they be reached? How can we create a sustainable European growth model? How can we reverse the trend towards growing inequalities? What kind of Green New Deal is a realistic and feasible prospect for Europe? What elements of justice, solidarity and equity constitute a fair and sustainable social foundation? What are the roles of the market, the state, industry and civil society? And what role can trade unions play to build a sustainable future that addresses all of these dimensions? 

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European Parliament from EU
Ursula von der Leyen
President
European Commission
Luca Visentini - ETUC
Luca Visentini
General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
pp
Philippe Pochet
General Director
ETUI
Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL)
Nicolas Schmit
Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
European Commission
Frans Timmermans
Frans Timmermans
Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the European Green Deal
European Commission
Pepe Álvarez
Pepe Álvarez
General Secretary
General Workers Union (UGT)
Mehtap Akgüç
Mehtap Akgüç
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Luc Bas
Luc Bas
Director
IUCN Europe
Janine Berg
Janine Berg
Senior Economist
ILO
Laurent Berger
Laurent Berger
President
European Trade Union Confederation
grace-blakely
Grace Blakeley
economics commentator
Tribune Magazine
Hans Bruyninckx
Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director
European Environment Agency
Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary
International Trade Union Confederation
Liina Carr
Liina Carr
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Linda Clarke, University of Westminster
Linda Clarke
University of Westminster
Anna Coote
Anna Coote
Principal Fellow
New Economics Foundation
Jacki Davis
Jacki Davis
Professional moderator
Thérèse de Liedekerke, Deputy Director General of BusinessEurope
Thérèse de Liedekerke
Deputy Director General
BusinessEurope
Benjamin Denis
Benjamin Denis
Senior policy advisor
industriAll Europe
Karolina D'CUNHA
Karolina D'Cunha
Deputy Head of Unit “Biodiversity”
DG Environment, European Commission
Nadja Doerflinger, Germany's Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
Nadja Doerflinger
Germany's Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
Plamen Dimitrov
Plamen Dimitrov
President
Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria
Olivier De Schutter
Olivier De Schutter
Professor
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Jan Drahokoupil
Jan Drahokoupil
Senior researcher
ETUI
John Elkington
John Elkington
Sustainability author & advisor
Carrie Exton
Carrie Exton
Head of Well-Being Data Insights and Policy Practice
OECD
Béla Galgóczi
Béla Galgóczi
Senior researcher
ETUI
Ian Gough
Ian Gough
Professor
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Mark Gough
Mark Gough
CEO
Capitals Coalition
Pelle Hilmersson
Per Hilmersson
Deputy General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Rutger Hoekstra
Rutger Hoekstra
Founder
MetricsForTheFuture.com
Reiner Hoffmann
Reiner Hoffmann
Chair
German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson
Director
Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)
ZK
Zakia Khattabi
Minister for Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal
Belgian government
Zachary Kilhoffer
Zachary Kilhoffer
Researcher
CEPS
Franklin Kimbimbi
Franklin Kimbimbi
Education Officer
ETUI
Richard Kozul-Wright
Richard Kozul-Wright
Director
Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
aurore lalucq
Aurore Lalucq
MEP
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Pierre Larrouturou
Pierre Larrouturou
MEP
S&D Group, European Parliament
Philippe Lamberts
Philippe Lamberts
MEP, Co-president
The Greens/European Free Alliance
Eloi Laurent
Eloi Laurent
Professor
Sciences Po, Paris and Stanford University
Head of Automotive Department
Anne-Gaëlle Lefeuvre
Head of Automotive Department
Syndex
Sara Lickel
Sara Lickel
Trade Policy Officer
Institut Veblen
Esther Lynch
Esther Lynch
Deputy General Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Dominique Méda
Dominique Méda
Professor
Université Paris Dauphine
Lene Olsen
Lene Olsen
Senior Programme and Operations Specialist
ILO
Ann Pettifor
Ann Pettifor
Director
Policy Research in Macroeconomics
Aikaterini Pantazatou
Aikaterini Pantazatou
Associate Professor
University of Luxembourg
Tommaso Pardi
Tommaso Pardi
Senior researcher
CNRS · Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie et de la Société
Agnieszka Piasna
Agnieszka Piasna
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Aída Ponce Del Castillo
Aída Ponce Del Castillo
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Nora Räthzel
Nora Räthzel
Professor
Umeå University
Inga Ruginienė
Inga Ruginienė
President
Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation
Maria João Rodrigues
Maria João Rodrigues
President
Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) 
Oliver Roethig
Oliver Roethig
Regional Secretary
UNI Europa
Juliet Schor
Juliet Schor
Economist
Boston College
Marie-Hélène Ska
Marie-Hélène Ska
General Secretary
Belgian Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC/ACV)
Isabelle Schömann
Isabelle Schömann
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Alberto Arroyo
Alberto Arroyo Schnell
Senior policy manager
IUCN Europe
Magdalena Sikorowska
Magdalena Sikorowska
Policy Officer
EFBWW
Livia Spera
Livia Spera
Acting General Secretary
European Transport Workers' Federation
Dean Stroud
Dean Stroud
Senior Lecturer
Cardiff University
Adrien Thomas, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Adrien Thomas
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Paolo Tomassetti, University of Bergamo
Paolo Tomassetti
Researcher
University of Bergamo
Luc Triangle
Luc Triangle
General Secretary
IndustriAll
Miranda Ulens
Miranda Ulens
General Secretary
General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB/ABVV)
Christian Valenduc
Christian Valenduc
Associate researcher
ETUI
Nikolaj Villumsen
Nikolaj Villumsen
MEP
Group of the European United Left
Ludovic Voet
Ludovic Voet
Confederal Secretary
European Trade Union Confederation
Jan Willem Goudriaan
Jan Willem Goudriaan
General Secretary
EPSU
Wouter Zwysen
Wouter Zwysen
Senior Researcher
ETUI
Martin Myant
Martin Myant
Associate Researcher
ETUI
Jan Orbie
Jan Orbie
Director of the Centre for EU Studies
University of Ghent
Wolfgang Schade
Wolfgang Schade
Scientific Lead
M-Five
Maria Helena André
Maria Helena André
Director
ACTRAV
Nicola Countouris
Nicola Countouris
Director of Research Department
ETUI

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