Symposium Social Europe - keynote Marianne Thyssen

20-04-2018 from 14:30 to 17:00
Campus Tweekerken, Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Gent
Department of Public Governance, Management and Finance
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We are pleased to invite you to a symposium on “Social Europe” on Friday April 20th, 2018. This symposium is organized in the context of “L’année de la France” by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Department of Public Governance, Management and Finance) of Ghent University, in collaboration with the EM Strasbourg Business School.

After twenty years of little action on social rights, government leaders signed the ‘Pillar of Social Rights’ in Göteborg in November 2017. This joint document of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council outlines twenty rights for European citizens, including: the right to education, the right to an adequate minimum wage, the right to equal opportunities on the labour market for women and men (gender equality), and the right to access water, energy, transport and digital communication. Trade Unions reacted enthusiastically, but the Pillar is not binding. Implementation largely depends on the goodwill of member states, which retain sovereignty over social issues. Is Europe really that social?


  • 2.30 p.m. – speech by the pro-vicerector of Ghent University, professor Freddy Mortier
  • 2.40 p.m. – keynote by European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen
  • 3.10 p.m. – audience Q&A
  • 3.40 p.m. – panel discussion: Professor Inge Govaere (UGent & Europa College), Kathleen Van Brempt (MEP), Thiébaud Weber (ETUC)
    (moderator: Sabine Menu, Associate Professor EM Strasbourg Business School)
  • 5.00 p.m. – reception



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