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Kickstart social Europe

Beyond austerity

The EU is currently battling with the most severe crisis in its recent history. The social consequences for European citizens are dramatic. The European Union has put in place a series of initiatives to try to curb public deficits, commonly referred to as austerity measures. The solutions currently proposed - a policy mix of spending cuts, raising taxes and structural reforms - are exacerbating the crisis. What will the social consequences be if Europe continues down this path? On the eve of the June European Summit, the Greens/EFA Group will propose an alternative to austerity - a proposal on how to create prosperity and jobs without hitting on people most at risk. Join us for a lively discussion with European Commissioners Olli Rehn (Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro), László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and several other high-level speakers. DRAFT PROGRAMME 09.00 - 09.30: Registration 09.30 - 09.45: Opening and Introduction Elisabeth Schroedter MEP ---------------------- Part I - Social impact of the crisis: Analysis, expertise and outlook
Chair: Jean Lambert MEP 09.45 - 10.45: Overall Context - Guillaume Duval (Editor Alternatives économiques) - Links between economic and social impacts - Pascale Vielle (UCL) - Social law and Crisis 10.40 - 11.40: What does it mean on the ground? - Edward Hugh (Economist)  - The case of a crisis country - Isabelle Schömann (ETUI) - Analysis of labour law developments based on the MoU       11.40 - 13.00: Discussion ---------------------- 13.00 - 15.00: Lunch ---------------------- Part II - Alternatives Recommendations: an approach beyond austerity
Chair: Philippe Lamberts MEP 15.00 - 15.20: Economic aspects of the European Semester and their social impact - Commissioner Olli Rehn 15.20 - 15.40: The Commission's view on social elements in NRPs and Green jobs - Commissioner László Andor 15.40 - 16.10: Our Alternatives to austerity - Marije Cornelissen MEP, National MPs and civil society 16.10 - 17.10: Discussion 17.10 - 17.30: Exchange of views with the Danish Presidency 17.30 - 18.00: Discussion ---------------------- 18.00 - 18.15: Conclusions Emilie Turunen MEP

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