European Pillar of Social Rights – EESC Free Seminar and Online Survey

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), are looking to hear your views on the issues addressed in the European Commission’s communication for a European Pillar of Social Rights > at a seminar on 2 Novermber In the Lighthouse > in Glasgow from 1-5pm.

Despite the outcome of the referendum in the UK, and despite the fact that the European Commission proposals are aimed at the Euro area, the issues at the centre of the European Pillar of Social Rights – the future of work and ageing Europe, equal access to employment, working conditions, and social protection and services – remain central to the concerns of UK trade unions, employers’ organisations and civil society.

The seminar, run in partnership with EESC, SCVO and the ALLIANCE, including speakers from the European Commission, and Scottish and UK Government.  To register to attend, please email laura.mcculloch@alliance-scotland.org.uk

More information on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as announced by the European Commission President Juncker in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 9 September 2015 is available here >.

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Registration and lunch
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Welcome and opening statements

Chair: Irene Oldfather, EESC member

  • Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. Scottish Government Representative
  • Michael Smyth, Vice-President of the EESC in charge of Budget
Overview of the European Pillar of Social Rights

  • Judy McKnight, EESC member
  • Graham Blythe, Head of Office, European Commission.  Representation in Edinburgh 
  • Special Envoy Prof. Alan Miller, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
3 p.m.-3.15 p.m. Coffee break
3 p.m.-4.50 p.m. Conversational Café on the European Pillar of Social Rights:

What do you consider to be the most urgent economic and social challenges in the UK and Europe, following the vote on Brexit? What is needed to address these?

What do you think should be done to tackle the problems facing employment and the world of work in the UK and Europe, meeting the needs of workers, job seekers, employers and enterprises?

How can social protection and social security systems be properly resourced and made fit for purpose?

What do we need to promote and sustain a cohesive society and address inequalities?

4.50 p.m.-5 p.m. Closing remarks and next steps

  • John Walker, EESC member

More information on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as announced by the European Commission President Juncker in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 9 September 2015 is available here >

For more information, please contact:
Charlotta Iapichino on Carlotta.Iapichino@eesc.europa.eu
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One comment on “European Pillar of Social Rights – EESC Free Seminar and Online Survey
  1. […] The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) are looking to hear your views on the issues addressed in the European Commission’s communication for a European Pillar of Social Rights, at a seminar on 2 November, in Glasgow 1-5pm. For more information and to register for your place click here. […]

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