Malaga
Friday 10 November 2023

Champions of progress - Progressives go the extra mile for Social Europe!

Champions of progress - Progressives go the extra mile for Social Europe!

09.30 - 11.00
Conference
Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga Room Conferencia 2.2. - FYCMA Av. de José Ortega y Gasset, 201 29006 Malaga
from: English
to: Spanish

As socialist and social democrats we strive to create inclusive labor markets where everyone enjoys fair opportunities and conditions.

As socialist and social democrats we champion equality, ensuring every individual has the chance to thrive, regardless of their background.

As socialist and social democrats we work towards a society where everyone is protected, fostering a sense of belonging and solidarity.

As socialist and social democrats we have revived Social Europe and kept it high on the EU's political agenda, thanks to the work of European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit and other progressive Commissioners. 

Excitingly, the upcoming EU Council presidencies of Spain and Belgium have boldly signaled their ambition to further fortify Social Europe.

However, the pressing question remains: what lies ahead for Social Europe after the current Commission's mandate expires next year? Will we witness an expansion of Social Europe or a regrettable backtracking?

Join us for a stimulating and interactive discussion at the PES Congress in Málaga, Spain, powered by the dynamic collaboration between the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (PES Group) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). Engage with prominent progressive politicians as we delve deep into the heart of this critical issue.

Your voice matters! Let’s shape the next chapter of #SocialEurope together. Join us and share your insights, ensuring that our shared vision of a just, inclusive, and progressive Europe becomes a reality. 

Together,  let's build the Social Europe that we dream of!

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© Photo credits: unsplash / Steven Lelham

 

Programme

09:30-09:35
Welcome message

  • Maria João Rodrigues, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

 

09:35-09:45 
Opening message

  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights 

 

Moderator: Maria Telles de Freitas, Political Advisor,  PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

 

09:45-10:30
Session I - Ahead of the curve: Progressives steering Social Europe towards the next chapter

Progressive Round Robin Debate moderated by Santina Bertulessi, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights 

  • Team 1: László Andor, FEPS Secretary General & Lina Gálvez Muñoz, S&D MEP 
  • Team 2: Andrea Fernandez, Spanish MP and Secretary of Equality for PSOE & Kata Tüttő, Vice President of the PES Group in the CoR, Deputy Mayor of Budapest 
  • Team 3: Laura de Bonfils, Secretary General of the Social Platform & Evin Incir, S&D MEP 

 

10:30-10:35
Reactions from participants, round of voting & call to action

  • Enric López Jurado, President of the Young European Socialists (YES)

     

10:35-10:55 
Session II - High level talk: Towards more social Europe: the political vision for the next mandate 

  • José Luis Escrivá, Minister of Inclusion, Social Security, and Migrations, Spain 
  • Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal

 

Moderator: David Rinaldi, Director of Studies & Policy at FEPS 

10:55-11:00 
Conclusion

  • Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions                                     

     

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