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‘European Pillar of Social Rights: Phrase-mongering or real social progress?’


20 Jun 2017 12:00 to 14:00


Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 1-5
1040  Brussels


Social Europe & Jobs

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The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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‘European Pillar of Social Rights: Phrase-mongering or real social progress?’


20 June 2017 – 12.00 to 2.00 pm

CESI (European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions)

Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 1-5, 1040 Brussels (Metro Schuman)


In April, the European Commission published a package to deliver the European Pillar of Social Rights, 20 key principles and rights to shape fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. The objective of the Pillar is to serve as a “compass for a renewed process of convergence towards better working and living conditions” in the Member States.

Is this phrase-mongering or may the Pillar drive actual social change and progress? During our lunchtime debate, we invite you to hear and discuss if, and how, the Pillar can be made a success for citizens and workers: How can the proposed rights, principles and accompanying measures be implemented effectively, what is legally possible for the EU and what is politically feasible in the Member States? Which actors are now in the focus, the European Commission, Member State governments or social partners and civil society? And how could the Pillar complement the EU’s economic governance and fiscal coordination framework with an upgraded social dimension?


The event will take place in English / Sandwich lunch will be provided at 1:30 / Register for the event here



Klaus Heeger, Secretary General, CESI

Keynote address ‘Social justice and social policy reforms in the EU – State of play’:

Thorsten Hellmann, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung


Discussion with the participation of:

Georg Fischer, Director ‘Social Affairs’, DG EMPL, European Commission

Claire Dhéret, Senior Policy Analyst for Social Policy, European Policy Centre (EPC)

Conny Reuter, Secretary General, Solidar



Pierre Baussand, Head of Brussels Office, Eurofound



Henning vom Stein, Head of Brussels Office, Bertelsmann Stiftung




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