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EU Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights

January 23 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together

In March the European Commission published a first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights and launched a broad public consultation to gather views and feedback.

On 23 January 2017, the Commission will organise a high level conference in Brussels, which will be a unique opportunity to take stock of the consultation and to contribute to shaping the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will be represented by its director Renate Schroeder.


08:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 Opening session:

  • Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment, Malta, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (tbc)
  • Allan Larsson, Special Adviser on the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, rapporteur on the European Pillar of Social Rights (tbc)

10:00 President of the European Parliament (tbc)

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 First round of parallel working groups:

  • A. Equal access to labour markets and skills development
  • B. Tackling poverty
  • C. Fair working conditions for all

12:30 Buffet lunch

13:30 President of the European Council (tbc)

14:00 Second round of parallel working groups:

  • D. Future of work
  • E. Future of social protection
  • F. The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Concluding session: the way forward

  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (tbc)
  • Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions (tbc)
  • Representative Employers
  • Representative Trade Unions

16:45 Concluding remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission



January 23
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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