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March 26 at the PES website 

 



 

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?

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

- 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  

Moderator:

- Guillaume Duval, Chief Editor of Alternatives Economiques

Speakers:

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?

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

- 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

- Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists

 

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