Social Cohesion in Europe - expectations and reality
Monday, 10 March 2014
'Don Giovanni' room (second floor)
Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw
Emilii Plater 49, Warsaw
We would like to invite you to a debate jointly organised by demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, European Policy Centre, ELIAMEP, Centre for Liberal Strategies and Europeum.
The event will begin by an interactive exchange with Professor Marek Belka, President of the National Bank of Poland on the social dimension of the euro and the proposed "tests" for Poland's eurozone membership.
It will then proceed to present findings of a new study of public opinion conducted in seven EU member states (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain) which showed that the Europeans accept the need for tighter public finances but want social services to be expanded, even if at the expense of savings elsewhere.
The future of social cohesion in Europe and key elements of policy intervention will then be discussed at a panel of experts featuring Dr Michał Boni, Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Dr Björn Hacker and Antoinette Primatarova.
The study was prepared as part of the project on "New Sources of Cohesion", supported by the European Commission.
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee and registration
12.00 - 12.10 Welcome and introduction
12.10 - 12.50 Key-note exchange
Professor Marek Belka, President of the National Bank of Poland in conversation with
Paweł Świeboda, President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy and
Knut Dethlefsen, Director, Warsaw office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
12.50-13.10 Presentation of the findings
Krzysztof Blusz, Vice-President of demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy and
Dr Konrad Niklewicz, Deputy Director of Instytut Obywatelski and Senior Fellow at demosEUROPA
13.10-13.50 Panel discussion
Dr Michał Boni, Senior Advisor, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy, Warsaw; former Minister of Labour (tbc)
Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw; former Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy (tbc)
Dr Björn Hacker, European Economic and Social Policy, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Dr Antoinette Primatarova, Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
13.50-14.10 Q&A session
14.10 Concluding remarks
The debate will be organised within the scope of the Europe for Citizens Programme
The conference will be held in English only.
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
Number of seats is limited.
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