3 June: Social Platform conference on the Social Dimension of the EU Presidency in Luxembourg
In July 2015 Luxembourg will take over the Presidency of the EU. Social Platform is organising a civil society conference to discuss the social dimension of the Luxembourgish EU Presidency priorities. This event is bringing together a wide range of key stakeholders including governmental representatives and Luxembourgish and EU civil society. The conference is open to members of the public.
Date: 3 June 9.00-14.30
Venue: Neimënster – Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (Salle Edmon Dune) – 28, rue Münster – Luxembourg-Grund
Interpretation from/into English/French will be provided.
Wifi will be available at the conference venue. Our twitter account is @social_platform and the hash tag for the meeting is #socialeu2015lu
9.00-9.30 Arrival and Registration
9.30-10.00 Introduction by Jana Hainsworth, President, Social Platform
Keynote speech by Mr Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
10.00-10.45 Presentation of civil society organisation’s key social messages
Luxembourgish and European NGOs will present recommendations relevant to the EU Presidency priorities on the four themes below.
Moderated by Pierre Baussand, Director, Social Platform
- Social economy: the role of the EU in setting adequate legal and financial frameworks, including public procurement, to support the development of social economy.
- Social investment: the investment in ambitious social policies, including social protection and social services, and the new European investment strategy.
- Social governance of the European Union: to ensure a balance between economic and social priorities and serve the well-being of all people, in particular in the context of the European Semester.
- Equal treatment: to facilitate the negotiations on the horizontal Equal Treatment Directive COM (2008)426. Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová are both committed to adopting it by the end of 2015.
10.45-11.15 Reply by Minister Mr Nicolas Schmit and reaction by Jana Hainsworth, President, Social Platform
11.15-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.25 First panel debate: “An adequate financial framework to support the development of social economy: what are the needs and what are the best instruments?”
Moderator: Valentina Caimi, Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Social Platform
Robert Urbé, President, Union Luxembourgeoise de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire
Uli Grabenwarter, Deputy Director – Equity Investments, European Investment Fund
Hedda Pahlson-Moller, CEO, OMSINT/TIIME; Board member, European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) and Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF); co-founder of The Impactory (now NYUKO)
12.25-13.20 Second panel debate: “How can the Luxembourgish EU Presidency deliver the EU antidiscrimination law?”
Moderator: Pierre Baussand, Director, Social Platform
Mario Huberty, President, Centre for Equal Treatment
Laure Amoyel, Chef de Division Intégration et Diversité, Ministère de la Famille, de l’Intégration et à la Grande Région
Silvio Sagramola, Coordinator, European Concept for Accessibility Network (EuCAN); Director, Centre National d’Information et de Rencontre du Handicap – Info-Handicap
13.20-13.30 Concluding remarks by Jana Hainsworth, President, Social Platform
Contact: Valentina Caimi