Europe at a crossroads. Which way to quality jobs and prosperity? was the theme of the conference co-organized by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels from 24 to 26 September 2014.
At a crossroads between:
- the economic, financial, but also social crisis which European countries have faced in the past seven years;
- the new presidencies that are being put in place: European Commission, European Parliament, European Council.
The various speakers – including the outgoing Employment Commissioner, László Andor, and the new president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the European Commissioner-designate for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici – spoke of rebuilding (although there is no question of reinventing everything), initiatives to be taken, the role of social dialogue, the obligation of results, mobilization, but also confidence in Europe, its rules, its functioning, etc. In his speech, the first that he was giving as future European Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici concluded by saying that Europe should “be understood as a hope and not a constraint. The five years separating us from the next legislature will be decisive to prevent a rejection of Europe.”
Follow the conference-related documentation on the ETUI website.
A date for your diaries! Eurogip will hold its next Discussions in 19 March 2015 on Europe at a crossroads in terms of occupational safety and health. The preliminary conference programme will be online at the start of November on www.eurogip.fr/en