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Reform Symposium

The paradigm shift in the European social model: Redefining the welfare state?


The aim of a welfare state is to achieve certain objectives of social policy by creating the appropriate framework conditions in a market economy. The European welfare system faces the challenges concerning new models of employment, new technologies and the enlargement of the EU. It must adapt to and embrace the social changes within Europe, such as an ageing population and workforce as well as changing employment and family patterns. Participants will clarify the concept and the development of the European welfare state and - more specifically - of the European social model. They will discuss features of different social models, how they have developed across Europe and how they will respond to changes, particularly in labour markets, health and pension systems.

Reform Symposium

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14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Rethinking the welfare state?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00The European wayPlenary


09:00 - 10:30The European social model and local attractivenessPlenary
11:00 - 13:00The European social model and its different forms of organisationPlenary
15:00 - 18:30Working group 1: HealthBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working group 2: PensionsBreakout
15:00 - 18:30Working group 3: Labour marketBreakout
15:00 - 18:30Working group 4: What is a welfare state?Breakout
18:00 - 19:15Dialogue between GenerationsBreakout
19:15 - 20:30European economy forumPlenary


09:30 - 12:30Political perspectivesPlenary
12:30 - 13:00Closing remarksPlenary