Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition

Friday 20 March 2020

Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition

09.00 - 13.15
Innocenti Research Institute Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12 50121 Florence
Green Deal

Going from disruptive technologies to digitalization, from the climate emergency to a new sustainable investment, from growing inequalities to new economic policies: all these transformations can represent both an opportunity and a threat, as they will have a huge impact on workers, especially on their needed knowledge and skills, on their rights and on their social conditions.

A just transition towards a sustainable economy and society in Europe can only succeed if the entire society (including its workers) participates in the design and implementation of the transformation to ensure that every one can benefit from it and that no one is left behind.

How can we create new green jobs while ensuring that inequalities are tackled? How can we make sure workers are properly protected, benefit from this transition and take an active part in it?

This event, organized in cooperation with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, will debate about what a just transition and the European Union’s Green New Deal mean from the workers' point of view. It will also address the ways in which they can be supported and empowered through training, sustainable wages and safe working conditions.

Among those participating, the PES Group is delighted to have on board young progressive local and regional politicians. If you wish to participate, please apply via this link.  

Let's make sure that no worker is left behind in this transition!



Photo credit: Unsplash/Viktor Forgacs

Draft programme
8.45 - 9.00


Moderator of the event: Angela Mauro, Special correspondent, Huffington Post

9.00 - 9.15

Introductory Remarks

Enrico Rossi, President of the Region of Tuscany and Vice-President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

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

9.15 - 9.45

Key note address

Speaker TBC

9.45 - 11.15

Progressive Talk 1: Challenges of the Green Transition and Industrial Renewal

Simona Bonafè, Vice-Chair of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) 

Aurore Lalucq,  Economist and S&D Group member in the European Parliament 


11.15 - 11.30

A City in the Spotlight

Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest (Hungary)

11.30 - 13.00

Progressive Talk 2: Responding to the challenges of the green transition and industrial renewal

Anton Hemerijck, Director of Graduate Studies, European University Institute and author of “Changing Welfare States” 

Francesca Bria, Chairwoman of the Italian National Innovation Fund, UN-Habitat Senior Advisor on Digital Cities and Digital Rights, Founder of the DECODE project 

Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of Rijeka, European Capital Culture 2020, and European Committee of the Regions rapporteur on the Just Transition Mechanism



Concluding Remarks

László Andor, Secretary-General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)


Networking lunch