European Pillar of Social Rights and ESF+

Panel debate hosted by MEP Brando Benifei

28 January 2020 – 14:00 – 16:00

European Parliament, room ASP 3G2

In 2017, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights (‘Social Pillar’) at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden. This declaration will only bear fruit if implemented through legislation and policies, both at the EU and national levels. These future policies will need strong funding instruments to support them. The proposed ESF+ could support this concrete implementation of the Social Pillar, if it is given the adequate budget to reach the goals set in the Commission’s proposal. This issue is at stake in the current trialogue negotiation on ESF+ between the Council, the Parliament, and the Commission.

Social Platform and MEP Brando Benifei jointly organise this meeting to debate on how ESF+ can support the implementation of the Social Pillar.

Watch Social Platform video encouraging EU decision makers to work with civil society organisations to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights:

Agenda

 Moderator: Catherine Naughton, Social Platform Vice-President

 14:00 Welcome

Brando Benifei, MEP, S&D Shadow Rapporteur on ESF+

Piotr Sadowski, President of Social Platform

14:10 Keynote speech

Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

14:25 Panel

Piotr Sadowski, President of Social Platform
Anja Freytag, Labour & Social Affairs Unit, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU
Fabrice Dubreuil, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Representation of France to the EU
Germana Viglietta, Social Attaché, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU

15:10 Debate with the audience

15:50 Final words

Brando Benifei, MEP, S&D Shadow Rapporteur on ESF+

Piotr Sadowski, President of Social Platform

For any question, please contact Katja Reuter, Social Platform Policy and Advocacy Officer: katja.reuter@socialplatform.org, +32 (0) 2 508 16 35