Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


Online seminar: Leaving no one behind and striving for more - Fairness and solidarity in the EU social market economy

The high-level online seminar on 15 September 2020, 15:00-17:00, will present and discuss the main findings of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2020 report.

On 15 September, the European Commission will release the Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2020 report.

The report sheds light on the latest labour market and social trends in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and the challenges of promoting an inclusive recovery and just (green and digital) transitions. It underpins EU policy initiatives and work towards an Action Plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

high-level online seminar will be held on 15 September 2020, 15:00-17:00, back-to-back to the German Presidency conference on “Social Europe. Stronger Together”.

The seminar will present and discuss the report’s main findings and policy implications in the context of the Covid-19 crisis with key policy-makers, academics and stakeholders. It will also set the scene and provide evidence for the stakeholder discussions and policy debates at the Presidency conference on the following day.

Panellists include:

  • Prof. Dr. Marcel Fratzscher (President DIW)
  • Dr. Rolf Schmachtenberg (State Secretary at the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
  • Sandra Pereira (MEP, Vice Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs)
  • Andrea Brandolini (Deputy Director General for Economics, Statistics and Research at the Banca d’Italia)
  • María Milagros Paniagua San Martín (State Secretary at the Spanish Ministry of Social Inclusion and Social Security)
  • Joost Korte (Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission).

The seminar will be interactive and aims to address a number of questions such as:

  • What are the main trends, perceptions and key challenges regarding fairness, inclusive growth and solidarity in the EU?
  • Which measures can enhance fairness and solidarity and promote an inclusive recovery and just transitions in the light of the severe socio-economic impacts of the pandemic?
  • What social investment is needed in times of structural change towards a more digitalised and greener economy and society? 
  • Which role do minimum wages, minimum income and short-time work schemes play in this context?

Interpretation will be available from and into English, French, German and the international sign language. Live subtitling will be provided in English.

Please register using this link. Upon registration and prior to the event, you will receive an email with the link to connect to the event and with further background information. In case of further questions, please contact the organisers

Please note that the European Commission will also host a dedicated online dissemination conference, on 6 October 2020, 9:30-13:30, to present and discuss in further detail the analysis and findings of the ESDE 2020 report and celebrate the 10th anniversary edition of ESDE.

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