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Making Europe the best place to work!


05 Dec 2018 09:00 to 15:30


Crowne Plaza Hotel
Rue Gineste 3
1210  Brussels


Innovation & Enterprise

Event Location


Event Description

How social innovation contributes to competitive and inclusive labour markets
5th December 2018, 9:00 – 15:30 CET
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels
9:00 – 9:15
Arrival of participants and welcome coffee
9:15 – 9:30
Opening address
Jurriën Koops, Executive Committee Vice-President, WEC-Europe
9:30 – 10:00
Social innovation in the employment industry: Diverse forms of work and new social safety nets for the 21st century Denis Pennel, Managing Director, WEC-Europe
10:00 – 10:30
Social innovation in the context of the EU employment and social policy agenda Manuela Geleng, Director for the Directorate ‘Skills’, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Q&A session
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30
Ideas Lab: Social innovation practices in the employment industry
  • France - New forms of social protection and safety nets (Mathilde Bonnichon, Prism’emploi)
  • Belgium - Building a career with skill: bipartite training fund tools (Vincent Vandenameele, FFI)
  • The Netherlands - Flexible but predictable: easing access to mortgages for agency workers (Jurriën Koops, ABU)
  • Italy – Cooperation between public and private employment services: the voucher system in Lombardy Region (Agostino Di Maio, Assolavoro)
  • The United Kingdom - Future of Jobs Ambassadors: preparing the next generations for the changing world of work (Tom Hadley, REC)
  • Spain - Safety first! Guaranteeing decent working conditions for all workers (Marta Lucas, Asempleo
12:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 15:00 What drives social innovation and contributes to more inclusive labour
Panel debate (moderated by Cathy Smith)
  • Alexandra Tzvenkova, European Commission Political Strategy Centre
  • Erik Pentenga, FNV uitzend/flex - UNI-Europa (European services workers union)
  • Bettina Schaller, WEC-Europe President
  • Heinz Becker, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, AT)1
  • Mark Keese, Head of Skills and Employability Division, OECD
Q&A session
15:00 – 15:30 Closing remarks: Making Europe the best place to work – our 2024 vision for people, companies and societies Bettina Schaller, President, WEC-Europe



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