Conference Programme

ATTAINING GROWTH THROUGH CHANGE
Traduction française du programme

The conference languages will be French and English.

The theme of this year's Forum highlights the need for the European Union to introduce and drive change in order to achieve sustained growth.

In 3 key sessions, the 2-day conference will be devoted to 3 issues that are high on the agenda in every EU country:

* Youth employment
* Social inclusion
* Enterprise

The following sessions and speakers have now been confirmed, and further developments will be published shortly:

Tuesday 12 November 2013

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08:00
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09:00

Day 1 Registration

Chair, Day 1
Ms Jacki Davis, leading commentator and analyst on European Union Affairs

09:00
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09:50

Opening Plenary - Towards a job rich recovery and creating a sustainable future

As we come towards the end of five years of fiscal and social disruption, it is time for us to focus on restoring trust in our organisations and governments. Socially we are in a very poor place and we must invest in future generations. The 2014 – 2020 funding period is about to commence. How will the money be spent? What are the results of the Annual Growth Survey and what are the aims of the Employment Package?

Speakers:
Omar Arias, Acting Sector Manager, Europe & Central Asia, The World Bank
Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe
Karima Delli, MEP, Member of the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, European Parliament

Session 1: 
Reversing trends and creating jobs for young people

10:00
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10:45

Encountering and coping with life transitions

As much as we might like to exclude unemployment from this discussion we have to recognise its existence and accept that it is a phase and not a ‘status’. 

The next phase may be towards further education, employment or self-employment. What are the real issues faced by the youth of the EU when making these transitions? The public employment services (PES) need to become transition brokers – what is the future vision of PES? What other measures are being undertaken to help NEETS (Young people Not in Education, Employment or Training)? What are the real challenges facing new entrants to the labour market?

Speakers:
Stephen Farry, Northern Ireland Minister for Employment and Learning
Sven de Haeck, Director, Flemish PES – VDAB
Massimiliano Mascherini, Research Manager, Eurofound – the real challenges faced  by new entrants to the Labour Market

10:45
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11:15

Coffee

11:15
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12:00

What difference will the ‘youth employment package’ make?

With the worst youth unemployment figures on record, what effects will the proposed new measures have? Where will the impacts be most felt? What evidence-based policies are working best - and what is Germany doing that other countries are not?  Will NEETS be the real beneficiaries? What are the problems of implementing the youth guarantee in countries with severe austerity constraints?

Speakers:
Steve Bainbridge, Senior Expert, Vocational Education & Training Policy, CEDEFOP
Susanne Koch, Director, German Federal Employment Agency
Matti Mäkelä, Head of Project Management Office, Education Division, City of Turku, Finland

12:10
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13:00

Tough questions – Europe's youth take the floor

Today’s decisions will greatly affect young people across Europe over the next couple of years. What do they think about their situation and the solutions presented by policy-makers and private companies?

ThinkYoung was the first think-tank made by young people, for young people. They are happy to contribute to the Forum, giving their perspective on education, entrepreneurship and the current European situation. As part of their Fail2Succeed campaign, they would like to stress how important it is for young people to embrace failure as a key part of any success story.
Generation Europe Foundation and ThinkYoung will take the floor to discuss with stakeholders such challenges as mobility, entrepreneurship, life transitions and career guidance, thereby fostering a true and honest exchange between decision-makers and European youth.

Speakers:
Andrea Gerosa, CEO, ThinkYoung
Young representatives Thijs Buirma of the Generation Europe Foundation and Daniel Kaiser of ThinkYoung will ask tough questions of Eamonn Davern, Head of International Relations, Department of Work and Pensions UK and Pavel Trantina, Rapporteur for EESC opinions on the Youth Employment Package

13:00
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14:15

Lunch

Session 2:
Social investment – engaging all members of society

14:15
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15:00

The importance of the Social Investment Package

Large differences exist between member states in terms of their effective social policies. However, they all face similar long-term challenges. Expenditure on policies that focus on social investment is shown to be linked with greater returns to employment. This session will consider that prevention is more effective than cure and that developing human capital can result in considerable savings later on.  The SIP sets out the way forward to improve the availability and timeliness of good social data. Across all stages of life, we must prepare people to confront life’s risks rather than simply repairing the consequences.

Speakers:
Dr Lieve Fransen, Director Europe 2020, Social Policies, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Sian Jones, EAPN Policy Coordinator
Conny Reuter, Secretary General, SOLIDAR and Chair of Social Services Europe

15:15
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15:45

Monitoring EU wide social statistics – looking beyond GDP

Every EU country has different ways of monitoring its social activities. Are there developing trends that might be useful for other countries to learn from? Are the emerging countries more active in certain areas? Do new member states have more current thinking we could all take advantage of? What are the key lessons to be shared for our unemployed youth?

Speakers:
Romina Boarini, Head of Monitoring Well-Being & Progress, OECD
Robert Manchin, Chairman and Managing Director, Gallup Europe

   
15:45
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16:15

Coffee

   
16:15
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17:00

Cities of tomorrow and their increasing significance for the employment agenda

With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, their place in the employment sphere is increasingly important. A new report is about to be published highlighting the capitalisation results on the work undertaken by DG Regio to encourage jobs in our cities. Looking at community-led and regional-led development, this strategic framework offers some new ideas on job creation.

Speakers:
Mike Campbell, Independent Policy Advisor, Mike Campbell Associates
Alison Partridge, Expert on Cities and Jobs, URBACT
Christian Svanfeldt, Policy Advisor, DG Regio

17:10
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17:45

Breaking the patterns of poverty and precariousness - Opening up social inclusion for minorities

Precariousness and poverty can become so familiar to families as to be almost a way of life. Are we doing all we can to break these patterns? Are women encouraged enough to find work solutions? Do we offer enough options to our older potential workers? We must encourage diversity of employment to get families out of the poverty and benefits trap. The session will discuss how EU pre-accession funds in Southeast Europe can contribute to the improvement of social inclusion, working conditions and the employability of minorities.

Speakers:
Krzystof Balon, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived
Ellen Nygren, Adviser, ETUC
Claudia Santoro, Cross Border Partnership Manager, Project SIMPLE

17:45
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19:00

Drinks reception

All welcome

Tuesday 12 November 2013

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