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16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member States

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in englischer Sprache

Trends such as social upheaval, intensifying global competition, large-scale migration and ageing populations are all putting European welfare states to the test. They need an urgent overhaul to meet the needs of the 21st century. Where might we find innovative governance solutions to the challenge of sustaining welfare states?

Professor of European Union and Employment Law, University of Cambridge
President, EESC - European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels
Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems
Director International Fora and Trends, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh Chair

Ph.D. Catherine BARNARD

Professor of European Union and Employment Law, University of Cambridge

1991-1995 Lecturer, Law, University of Southampton
1996-2000 Lecturer, University of Cambridge
2000-2004 Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge
2004-2008 Reader, European Union Law, University of Cambridge
since 2008 Professor, EU Law and Employment Law, University of Cambridge

Georges DASSIS

President, EESC - European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels

 Trade-union activist in Greece from the age of 15
1967-1974 Activist against the colonels' regime in Greece
1976-1980 Permanent member of the national staff of the Belgian General Federation of Labour (FGTB)
since 1981 Representative of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC, formerly ICFTU) and to the International Labour Office (ILO)
since 1982 Member of the Executive Committee of the ETUC
1981-1990 Member of the EESC from 1981 to 1990 and from 2002
1986-1990 President of the regional section of the EESC
1990 Founder member of the Labour Institute of the GSEE (1990) and secretary for international relations
2004-2008 President of the ECO section of the EESC
2008-2015 President of the Workers' Group of the EESC
2015-2018 President of the EESC

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems

 Since 2016 Ulrike Guérot is Professor at Danube-University Krems and head of the department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. Core activities of the department are both interdisciplinary research and network building. The main goal is to initiate a citizen-oriented and sustainable debate on key issues surrounding today’s Europe. Since September 2017 Ulrike Guérot is holder of Alfred-Grosser visiting professorship at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Furthermore, she founded the Berlin based think tank "European Democracy Lab. The lab seeks to rethink and redesign European democracy. Currently, the lab is building a campaign platform advocating for both the principle of political equality beyond nation states and the empowerment of regional stakeholders within the EU-setup.
 Prior to her work in Krems and Berlin, Ulrike Guérot built up the office and served as Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and lectured at various internationally renowned universities, such as Bucerius Law School Hamburg, John Hopkins University, INSEAD Singapore and Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt. In addition she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on the topics of democracy and democratization. In April 2016 her first book 'Why Europe needs to become a republic! A political utopia' was published by Dietz. The principal idea of the book is the creation of a ‘European Republic’ based on the concept of equality in front of the law in a union of citizens. Her latest work 'The new civil war - the open Europe and its enemies', published by Ullstein is a bestseller in Germany. In this cutting edge pamphlet she describes the great divide throughout the European societies. She has been publishing widely in Germany, English and French on European, transatlantic and global issues in various newspapers, journals and books. In times of turmoil and crisis, Ulrike Guérot aims at creating a sustainable blueprint for Europe in the 21st century, which puts the citizen first.

Eric THODE

Director International Fora and Trends, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

 Advanced degree in Economics, Econometrics and Statistics, Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany
1996-2000 Research Assistant, Chair for Economics and Social Policy, University of Würzburg, Germany
since 2001 Lecturer for international economics and labor market policy, University of Würzburg, Germany
Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany:
2001-2006 Project manager, Economics and Social Affairs Division
2006-2015 Senior Expert for socio-economic and labour market issues
since 2015 Director International Forums and Trends
2005-2008 Lecturer for international economics and economic policy, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany
since 2009 Policy Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn, Germany

Political Symposium

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28.08.2016

13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner

29.08.2016

06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary

30.08.2016

06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary