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PES Fair Growth Conference

PES Fair Growth Conference

March 26, 2015 at 9:30am
2-4 rue Royale
Brussels 1000
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Draft Programme 


09:30 Welcoming and opening of the PES Growth Conference 2015

- Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists

- Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment, Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxembourg

Laurette Onkelinx, Vice-president, Leader of the Group in the Chamber of Representatives, PS, Belgium


10:00 Interactive keynote: Is Europe entering a deflationary spiral?

What lessons can Europe learn from Japan and the US?

- MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues, Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, PS, Portugal

- Damon Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), USA

- Machiko Nissanke, Professor at the University of SOAS, London, Japan


11:00 Panel 1: Fostering Growth in Europe: what are appropriate tools?

What are the financial, fiscal and monetary instruments to fund and promote investments?


- Ernst Stetter, Secretary-General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies


- Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs, Italy

- Vazil Hudak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Slovakia

- Veronica Nilsson, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

- MEP Kathleen Van Brempt, Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, conclusions from the panel, Spa, Belgium


12:00 Lunch


13:00 Debate: Social justice and consolidating budgets – striking a new balance  


- Guillaume Duval, Chief Editor of Alternatives Economiques


Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation

- Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs


14:00 Panel 2: Smart, inclusive and sustainable – how to harness the full potential of investments?

What are the sectors where investment could have maximum impact, and what role do social policies play in making growth sustainable?


- Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary-General of the Party of European Socialists


- Xavier Timbeau, Director of the French Economic Observatory (OFCE), France

- László Andor, Mercator Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance, former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mercator Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance

- Manuel de la Rocha, Economy secretary, PSOE, Spain

- MEP Agnes Jongerius, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, conclusions from the panel, Pvda, Netherlands


15:00 Closing remarks: The way forward – a progressive agenda for jobs and growth

- Rimantas Šadžius, Minister of Finance, Lithuania

- Gianni Pittella, S&D Group President


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