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European Employment Forum - Attaining Growth Through Change

Date: 12 November 2013 - 13 November 2013
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 08:00 - 19:00
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12-13 November - Crowne Plaza, Le Palace, rue Gineste, BRUSSELS

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

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

09:00 -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: Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe

Session 1: Recapturing the ‘lost generation’ and creating jobs for young people

10:00 - 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 the youth of the EU encounter 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)?


  • Stephen Farry, Northern Ireland Minister for Employment and Learning

  • Fons LeRoy, Head of Flemish PES – VDAB

  • Massimiliano Mascherini, Research Manager, Eurofound – the real challenges faced by new entrants to the Labour Market

11:15 - 12:00 

What difference will the ‘youth employment package’ make?

With the worst youth unemployment figures on record, what do the proposed new measures hope to change? 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: Wolfgang Mueller, Director, German Federal Employment Agency

12:10 - 13:00 

Tough questions – Generation Europe take the floor

Today’s decisions will strongly 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?

Generation Europe Foundation brings Europe’s youth to the Employment Forum. They will take the floor to discuss challenges like mobility, entrepreneurship, life transitions and career guidance with stakeholders, thereby fostering a true and honest exchange between decision-makers and European youth.


  • Andrea Gerosa, CEO, ThinkYoung

  • Young representatives of the Generation Europe Foundation

Session 2: Social investment – engaging all members of society

14:15 - 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.


  • 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 Service Europe

15:15 - 15:45 

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.


  • Mike Campbell, Independent Policy Advisor, Mike Campbell Associates

  • Johannes Hahn, Commissioner, DG Regio

  • Melody Houk, International Project Manager, URBACT

16:15 - 17:00 

Monitoring EU wide social statistics – looking beyond GDP

Every EU country has different ways of monitoring their 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?


  • Romina Boarini, Head of Monitoring Well-Being & Progress, OECD

  • Robert Manchin, Chairman and Managing Director, Gallup Europe

17:10 - 17:45 

Breaking the patterns of poverty and precariousness

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. Adopting life-long learning that knows no barriers.


Józef Niemiec, Deputy General Secretary, ETUC

The conference languages will be French and English.

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