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Reform Symposium

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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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18.08.2003

12:00 - 12:30 Opening Plenary
12:30 - 14:00 Rethinking the welfare state? Plenary
14:30 - 16:00 The European way Plenary

19.08.2003

07:00 - 08:30 The European social model and local attractiveness Plenary
09:00 - 11:00 The European social model and its different forms of organisation Plenary
13:00 - 16:30 Working group 3: Labour market Breakout
13:00 - 16:00 Working group 2: Pensions Breakout
13:00 - 16:30 Working group 1: Health Breakout
13:00 - 16:30 Working group 4: What is a welfare state? Breakout
16:00 - 17:15 Dialogue between Generations Breakout
17:15 - 18:30 European economy forum Plenary

20.08.2003

07:30 - 10:30 Political perspectives Plenary
10:30 - 11:00 Closing remarks Plenary