The European Social Fund (ESF) budget has increased in the current programming period to EUR 86.4 billion, but has it proved to be sufficiently flexible in responding to the challenges during the different crises the EU has had to tackle since 2008? The workshop will discuss the following issues at stake: Should the ESF's scope be expanded? Should the ESF remain an integral part of the EU's cohesion policy? How can multi-level governance in the ESF's management be ensured? To what extent will the ESF be used in the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights?
Ljiljana Simic is an Organisational Development consultant for EU institutions, EU Agencies, EU Delegations and a cross-cultural and diversity adviser for the private, public and NGO sector. As a trainer and consultant she has experience from 30 countries and 3 continents in intercultural team management and strategies of communication. Her long-term experience has equipped her to advise, anticipate and evaluate regarding issues like intercultural competence building, working in teams and change management through participatory leadership. She has published in several academic journals and has been co-author of several books on cross-cultural management, cultural diversity and cultural policy. She also lectures at the Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales in Brussels and the College of Europe.
Catiuscia Marini is president of the Umbria Region in Italy. After having served as mayor of Todi from 1997 to 2007, she was a Member of the European Parliament from 2008-2009. Catiuscia Marini has been a CoR member since June 2010, following her election as president of the Region of Umbria in March 2010. She was re-elected for a second term of office to the presidency of the Region in May 2015. In February 2015, she was elected president of the PES Group in the CoR. She has been CoR rapporteur on a number of key political dossiers and is currently co-rapporteur for the CoR opinion on the Common Provisions Regulation for the 2021-2027 period. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Perugia.
President of the regional government of Andalusia since September 2013, Susana Díaz has developed her political career in the autonomous community. She has held various positions in the PSOE of Andalusia and institutional positions in the City of Seville, the Parliament of Andalusia, the Congress of Deputies, the Senate and the Andalusian Government. Susana Díaz studied law at the University of Seville. As president of the region, Susana Díaz has prioritised the mobilisation of resources for the creation of employment, the defence of the welfare state and the implementation of transparency measures and control of public funds in the Andalusian Administration. She has been a CoR member since 2016 and is currently the CoR's rapporteur on the future European Social Fund (ESF +).
Loris Di Pietrantonio is Head of Unit for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Policy and Legislation at the European Commission. He was previously Deputy Head of the Unit dealing with employment and social aspects of the European economic governance, focusing on economic policy coordination through the European Semester cycle as well as the design and implementation of employment policies. In the past, he was also involved with the design of policies, evaluations and impact assessments in the areas of information technologies addressing societal challenges and digital inclusion. Before joining the European Commission in 2004, he worked in the business sector, establishing research and innovation strategies for the sustainable transport industry. He has a Master’s in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, a Master’s in Energy Management from BI Norwegian School of Management and ESCP-Europe (France) and a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste.
Agnes Jongerius is a Member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. She rose to prominence as chair of the largest federation of trade unions in the Netherlands, a position she held from 2005 to 2012. From 2012-2014, she worked as a researcher at the University of Utrecht, focusing on the relationship between the EU and its citizens. In 2014 she was elected Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party. She has been the EP's rapporteur on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. Agnes holds a Master's degree in socioeconomic history from Utrecht.
by the moderator, Ljiljana Simic, Interculturalist and EU institutional anthropologist
Loris Di Pietrantonio, Head of Unit for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Policy and Legislation, European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
Susana Díaz, CoR rapporteur on the European Social Fund Plus and President of the Andalusia region, Spain
Agnes Jongerius MEP, S&D Group coordinator for the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Catiuscia Marini, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and President of the Umbria Region, Italy