Social Investment Package and the Economic and Monetary Union

On March 14 Social Platform members are invited to meet with Frank Vandenbroucke to discuss the Social Investment Package and the Economic and Monetary Union (15:00-17:30).

Frank Vandenbroucke is Professor at the KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business. He studied economics in Leuven and Cambridge, UK, and received his DPhil in Oxford. He was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government (1999–2004) and Minister for Education and Employment in the Flemish Regional Government (2004–2009). He was appointed Minister van Staat (an honorary title) in December 2009. He also teaches at the Universities of Antwerp, where he holds the Herman Deleeck chair, and the University of Amsterdam, where he holds the Joop den Uyl chair. His research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in EU Member States.

Format of the meeting:

1) 15.00-16.15: The Social investment package (SIP): we will hear what Frank Vandenbroucke supports, questions, and where he needs clarification (he might include his first analysis on conditionality). This will come at the right time since we are going to jointly analyse the SIP with all of you on March 11. After a presentation of 20 minutes there will be about an hour to exchange with him on the analysis of the SIP and what could be a positive implementation of it.

2) 16.15- 17.30: The social pillar of the economic and monetary union (EMU): we will hear his opinion on what should be the social pillar in the EMU which has become the highest priority of the Council at the moment. This discussion can be very fruitful to all of us at the time when we are defining the content of our social pact. After his presentation, we will again have about an hour to discuss with him.

The meeting will be informal and within the Chatham house rules.

Please note that the meeting will be in English and that we cannot cover travel and accommodation.

If you are interested in attending please register on doodle for this meeting by March 13 (5pm at the latest).