In the aftermath of the pandemic, Europe is facing unexpected and pressing challenges. With the Conference on the Future of Europe, close to the final stages of its work to address these challenges, the 2022 hybrid edition of Civil Society Days will explore how Europe can become more resilient through a just transition; one that will benefit people and the environment and, at the same time, increase European prosperity.
If you have not registered yet, join online the discussions with different speakers and take part in our seven workshops to explore challenges of a fit-for-future economy, which creates shared prosperity and the key role of civil society in this endeavour.
As you know already, this year the UEF will organize, together with Social Economy Europe (SEE), in cooperation with the EESC Section for Economic and Monetary, Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO), and the Consultative Committee on Industrial Change (CCMI), the workshop n.6 "A green social market economy for the Future of Europe".
Your participation and input are welcome!
Register here by 10 March.
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The UEF participated in this year's Civil Society Days of the European Economic and Social Committee and organised together with Social Economy Europe the Workshop A Green Social Market Economy for the Future of Europe on 16 March 2022.
As of today, the social market economy is exposed to global competition with other political and economic systems. The challenges we face in Europe require adjustments to the concept of the social market economy. This is particularly visible with regard to its social dimension: inequalities are increasing, and economic growth no longer leads naturally to higher incomes and opportunities. Furthermore, we are faced with environmental and climate policy challenges that require an ecological renewal of the social market economy, towards an eco-social market economy. This further development can only succeed as a joint effort of different actors from politics, business, science, and civil society.
This topic was discussed by representatives of the Social Economy Europe network and the Commission’s Vice-President, Dubravka Suica, the President of the EESC Consultative Committee on Industrial Change, Pietro De Lotto, MEP Patrizia Toia, Co- Chair of the Social Economy Intergroup, MEP and Vice-President of UEF Markus Ferber and MEP and President of UEF Sandro Gozi. The Workshop was moderated by Laura Almirante from Social Economy Europe and Luca Lionello, MFE and chair of UEF’s Political Commission 4.