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Economic Symposium

The Future of the Social Welfare State in Europe


The Economic Symposium 2012 will shed light on the future of the social welfare state in Europe. How effective and financially sound are the European social systems, and how can we deal with demographic and economic challenges effectively? Which systemic changes are necessary in order to make our social welfare systems sustainable and secure in the future?

With a focus on political reflections as well as practical answers, the Economic Symposium will present best practices from a range of European countries. Which approaches are particularly successful when planning and implementing social security measures? The second focus will be on the issue of intergenerational justice: How can it be defined and which political steps are necessary to distribute rights and duties between the generations in a fair way?

In another economic policy panel we will discuss the question of how to define sustainable financial and social welfare policies for Europe. Finally, two high-ranking speakers will present ways to overcome the crisis by strengthening Europe.

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Challenges to the Social Welfare State in EuropePlenary
16:30 - 18:30Making Social Welfare Systems More SustainablePlenary


09:00 - 10:30Reforming Social Welfare Systems: European Best PracticesPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Intergenerational JusticePlenary
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 01: Sozialleistung als geteilte Verantwortung?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 02: "Rule-Breaking": Mit vertauschten Rollen zum neuen SozialsystemBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 03: Politik, Wirtschaft, Individuum: Wer trägt in Zukunft die soziale Verantwortung?Breakout
15:00 - 16:30Arbeitskreis 04: Dienstleistungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wettbewerb und GemeinwohlBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 05: Kommunikationsinfrastrukturen - Investitionen in einen effektiven SozialstaatBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 06: Wohlstand als Falle? Geht es uns (zu) gut?Breakout
15:00 - 16:30Arbeitskreis 07: Eigenverantwortung im GesundheitssystemBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 08: Das neue ArbeitenBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 09: Social Business - Soziale Probleme unternehmerisch lösen?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 10: Entscheidungssimulation: Vom Sponsoring zur Corporate Social ResponsibilityBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 12: Wirtschaftsstandort Österreich: Fit für die Zukunft oder reif fürs Museum?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Arbeitskreis 13: Citizenship Education und ökonomische Bildung in der (öko-)sozialen MarktwirtschaftBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 14: Simulation: Stakeholder Conference on the Future of EnergyBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Arbeitskreis 11: Wertvolle Arbeit - produktives Alter?Breakout
19:00 - 20:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Reality and Fiction in the World of ManagementPlenary
20:30 - 22:30Reception hosted by T-Mobile Austria GmbH and T-Systems Austria GmbHSocial


09:30 - 10:45Sustainable Financial and Social Welfare Policies in EuropePlenary
11:15 - 12:15Overcoming the Crisis by Strengthening EuropePlenary
12:15 - 12:30Closing StatementPlenary