Friday 20 March 2020

Postponed: Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition

Postponed: Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition

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

Following the decision taken on 4 March 2020 by the Italian government with regard to the Corona-Virus to extend new measures to the entire country, we regret to inform you that the PES Group seminar on “Workers’ Empowerment in the Green Transition”, due to take place in Florence (Italy) on 20 March, is postponed to a future date. We will keep you updated with any relevant information about the future organisation of this event. We thank you for your understanding and remain at your disposal for further information.


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 on European affairs and political editor, Huffington Post

9.00 - 9.30

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)

9.30 - 9.45

Inspirational Talk

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

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) 

Elio Di Rupo, Minister-President of the Region of Wallonia and member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions


11.15 - 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 - 13.00

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

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

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

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)



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