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
Enrico Rossi has been the president of the Tuscany region since 2010. He was born into a working-class family in 1958 and graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1982. In 1985, he was appointed as deputy mayor and council member of the municipality of Pontedera, and later served as mayor of Pontedera from 1990 to 1999. In 2000, Enrico Rossi was elected as a member of the Regional Council of Tuscany and served as the regional minister for health for ten years. As a member of the Partito Democratico since its inception in 2007, Enrico Rossi was elected as president of Tuscany in 2010, and re-elected in 2015. He has been a member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2015 and has been the rapporteur on the "European Union programme for social change and innovation", the "Youth Employment Package", and "A Council Recommendation for the integration of the long-term unemployed". Since October 2019, he has been the PES Group's vice-president in charge of relations with the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
Maria João Rodrigues, a former Portuguese minister under Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, is a European politician with a long track record in all the European institutions: EU Presidencies, Council, European Council, European Commission and, most recently, the European Parliament. She played an important role in the development of a number of key political initiatives, including the EU growth and jobs strategy, Eurozone reform and the European Social Pillar. Since 2017, she has been the president of the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS). Before that, she was the vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, where she was in charge of coordinating parliamentary work and inter-institutional negotiations on the EU agenda. She is also an academic, with around one hundred publications, and the former chair of the European Commission Advisory Group for socio-economic sciences.
Luca Visentini has served as general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) since 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. Before that, he held the position of ETUC confederal secretary for four years. As general secretary, Luca is responsible for guiding and coordinating ETUC policies. This includes high-level meetings with EU and national leaders, EU institutions and social partner organisations, representing the ETUC in international and European fora and affiliates' initiatives, coordinating relations with affiliates and supervising the ETUC's budget and human resources. Luca has taken part in negotiations on the European Pillar of Social Rights, the future of Europe, public investment, economic governance, and many other issues of importance to European workers. He has been active in the trade union movement since 1989, with experience in collective bargaining at confederation, national and sectoral level.
Gergely Karácsony has been mayor of Budapest since October 2019. In 2000, he graduated in sociology from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and started working for a market and public opinion research company, becoming its director of research in 2007. He has been a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest since 2004. His research areas are electoral systems and electoral behaviours. He was a member of the Hungarian Parliament from 2010 to 2014, and in 2014 was elected as mayor in the municipal elections in Zugló, the 14th district of Budapest. Gergely Karácsony is currently co-chair of the Dialogue for Hungary (PM). He won the mayoral elections in Budapest on 13 October 2019, defeating the incumbent István Tarlós, who was supported by Fidesz.
Anton Hemerijck joined the European University Institute (EUI) as Professor of Political Science and Sociology in January 2017. Trained as an economist at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, he completed his doctorate at Oxford University. In his capacity as Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, he founded, together with Jonathan Zeitlin, the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). He also directed the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), the principle think tank in the Netherlands, while holding a professorship in Comparative European Social Policy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Between 2014 and 2017, Anton Hemerijck was Centennial Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Over the past decade, he has frequently served as an advisor for the European Commission on social policy, social investment and the welfare state. Key publications include "Changing Welfare States" (2013) and "The Uses of Social Investment" (2017).
Vojko Obersnel is the mayor of Rijeka. He holds a master's degree in natural sciences and medicinal genetics, and worked at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka until 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he headed the city's Department of Health and Social Welfare. He has been mayor of the City of Rijeka since 2000, and is currently serving his sixth term in office. Vojko Obersnel has also served as the president of the Association of the Cities and Communes of the Republic of Croatia. He has been a member of the European Committee of the Regions and head of its Croatian delegation since 2013 and is currently the rapporteur on the Committee's opinion on the "Just Transition Fund".
László Andor is a Hungarian economist, and former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014). Since stepping down from the Commission, he has been head of the department for economic policy at Corvinus University (Budapest), Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and a visiting professor at both the ULB (Brussels) and Sciences Po (Paris). He is also a member of various think tanks (EPC, RAND Europe, Friends of Europe) in an advisory capacity. Between 1991 and 2005, Andor taught political science and economic policy in Budapest and was editor of the progressive social science journal Eszmélet. He has authored, edited or co-edited a dozen books in Hungary, including on economic and political history, comparative economics and globalisation. He has also worked as an advisor for the Budget Committee of the Hungarian Parliament (1998-1999) and the Prime Minister's Office (2002-2005). Andor holds a degree in economic sciences from Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University, an MA in development economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995).
Simona Bonafè has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014 and became Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament in 2019. She is a member of the ENVI committee. Not only was Bonafé elected deputy in the Italian general elections in 2013, she had also previously served as a councillor of the Municipality of Scandicci (Florence) from 2004, being reelected in 2009. Furthermore, Bonafé acts as a member of the National Assembly and the National Directorate of the Democratic Party. In October 2018, she was elected Regional Secretary of the Democratic Party of Tuscany.
Aurore Lalucq has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2019 and is part of the S&D Group, working within the ECON committee. Lalucq has a degree in economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne as well as from the Université Paris-Dauphine and has specialised in ecological economics, having written multiple books on the monetarisation and financialisation of nature, the socio-ecological transition and the regulation of banks. She also co-founded the think tank Veblen, which researches the adaption of the economy to the ecological and social transition.
Francesca Bria is the chair of CDP Venture Capital SGR-National Innovation Fund, and also coordinates the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe. She is a senior advisor to the United Nations on digital cities and digital rights, and assistant professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (UCL). She is an advisor for the European Commission on Innovation Policy, and she is the former chief technology and digital innovation officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain. Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc in digital economy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has taught in several universities in the UK and Italy and has advised governments, public and private organisations and movements on technology and innovation policy and its socio-economic impact. Francesca's work focuses on citizens' ownership over their data, which she explores in her most recent report. She has been listed in Forbes Magazine's Top 50 Women in Tech, and named as one of the world's 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical.
Moderator of the event: Angela Mauro, Special correspondent, Huffington Post
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)
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
Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest (Hungary)
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
László Andor, Secretary-General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)