event 'I Vote Where I Live' Campaign
The defeat of the German SPD was not
the first of its kind in Europe. The left is losing in many Member States, and
progressive political parties have a hard time to find a narrative that
convinces the voters. Or is it perhaps more than a narrative, and do we need
new concrete ideas, dots on the horizon, a vision that gives perspective with
real answers to real challenges?
With this starting point, social democratic sister parties are organising an event for the progressive community in Brussels, on the future of Social Europe. Focusing on a few specific challenges, we will explore new ideas to address some hot issues. We want a green economy, but how do we ensure the transition on the labour market? We want free movement of workers, but how do we ensure that it happens in a fair way? And how do we make the digitalisation of the labour market work for the people?
But: let's not be naive. We can't come with a shopping list only, requiring Europe to do everything. So we will conclude the event with a panel that discusses the fundamental issue that is needed to restore trust: how can we actually make this happen? What should Europe do? What should happen at the national level? And what is feasible?
With a great line-up already confirmed, this event aims to feed the debate on the future of the EU, in order to lead the discussion as progressives in the 21st century. The event is part of the 'I Vote Where I Live' Campaign (https://www.facebook.com/IvoteWhereILive/), organised to engage people in Brussels to vote in Brussels' local elections in 2018.
Ale Chmelař, Secretary of State of the Czech Republic for European Affairs
Prof. Frank Vandenbroucke, University of Amsterdam
Karsten Rudolph, MP Nordrhein-Westphalen, Germany
Kateřina Smejkalová, researcher, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Jeroen Jutte, DG Employment, Head of Unit on European Semester
Other speakers (to be confirmed):
MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues (PT, S&D)
Ida Auken, Danish former minister of Environment
Be welcome! Drinks will be served afterwards.