20 May


Official opening of the Convention

  • Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • Elena Solomonesc, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, Romania


Plenary session

  • Maithreyi Seetharaman, Co-Chair Fortune Most Powerful Women International
  • Q&A with audience


Break / Change of room


7 parallel workshops: [not available in live stream]

  • Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights as the vehicle for the Sustainable Development Goals in the social area
  • Improving social policy governance in Europe: cross-sector collaboration, public-private partnerships
  • Let’s talk to each other: how to improve communication with EU citizens about Social Europe
  • Adapting to the future of work: shaping lives and jobs through inclusive lifelong learning
  • How the next multiannual financial framework and its funding instruments can be best used for inclusive growth
  • The future of the EU Disability Strategy
  • Social services: integrated approaches as a means to deliver the European Pillar of Social Rights


Lunch break


Parallel activities: "Speed dating" and "Side events" [not available in live stream]

Showcasing best practices from across Europe


Break / Change of room


Key messages and recommendations from the workshops


Panel discussion and Q&A

Reflection on the conclusions and key messages of the day

  • Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Kélig Puyet, Director Social Platform
  • Mario van Mierlo, Chair of the BusinessEurope Social Protection Working Group
  • Tuija Oivo, Director, Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Q&A with audience


Concluding remarks

Joost Korte, Director-General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


End of the event