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Trade Union Dialogues in the framework of the EU Semester 2024 & RETHINKING 2024

June 11 @ 15:00 June 13 @ 17:30

CISL Lombardia, Milan, Italy



11th June – Kick-off new ETUC Semester Toolkit – introduction to Rethinking session

 Kick off new ETUC Semester ToolkitSpeaker
3pm-4pmBuilding blocks of a ETUC Strategy against austerity and for a sustainable job-rich growthLudovic Voet, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
4pm – 5pmNational Structural Plans and Fiscal Trajectories – crash courseMarco Cilento, Head of Institutional Policy, ETUC  
5pm -5.30pmIntroduction to the Rethinking Programme, contents and objectivesETUC

12th June – Trade Union Dialogues in the framework of the EU Semester 2024: ETUC priorities against austerity and for investments

9.30 am -12.30 pmFIRST SESSION: RRF, lessons learned on social investmentSpeaker
 ETUC priorities and objective of the meetingLudovic Voet, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
 Social dimension of National Recovery and Resilience Plans.Maria Teresa FÁBREGAS, Director, European Commission Recovery and Resilience Task Force – SG.RECOVER.B  
10.15 – 11.00DebateExchange with TUSLO
11.00 – 11.30Break 
11.30 – 11.50Involvement of Social Partners in the RRFRicardo Rodriguez Contreras, research manager, Eurofound
11.50 – 12.30National practices from TUSLO, getting ready to influence Mid-Term Fiscal Structural Plans  TUSLO
12.30pm – 2pmLunch Break 
2pm – 5pmSECOND SESSION: Anti-austerity measures and mid-term fiscal structural plans 
 Fiscal trajectories, DSA and common EU priorities.Joao Nogueira Martins, Head of Unit. Policy Coordination. DG Economic and Financial Affairs. European Commission
2.30 pm – 3.15 pmDebateExchange with TUSLO
3.15 pm – 3.45pmBreak 
3.45 pm – 4.15pmSocial priorities and common objectives in the Mid-Term Fiscal-Structural Plans. Role of trade unions.Katia Berti, Head of Unit – European Semester, EMCO DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission  
4.15 pm – 5.00pmDebate 
5.00 pm – 5.30pmCoordinating trade union inputs to Mid-Term Fiscal-Structural PlansTUSLO   Conclusions Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
5.30 pm – 7.00 pmDrinks with Trade Unions of Lombardia 

13th June – ETUC Rethinking the EU development model for sustainability and social progress

9am – 9.40amTOPIC 1: Private investments. How to align them to common green and social objectives, do not harm principle, minimum social safeguards.  Dialogue with: Helena Viñes Fiestas, Chair of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, Commissioner of the Spanish Financial Markets Authority   TU Discussant:Anne Lindsay, ITF and observer member of the Sustainable Finance Platform
9.40am -11.00amTOPIC 2: Thinking Progressive in drafting Multiannual Development Plans. Main social challenges and people’s perception of urgent challenges.Rocío Martínez-Sampere, Director Foundation Felipe Gonzales   TU Discussant: TUSLO
11am – 11.30amBreak 
11.30am – 12.15pmTOPIC 3: Priority to Social Investments In The New European Semester. How to do, what objectives, how to measure progress.Sebastian Mang and Dominic Caddick, New Economy Foundation  

TU Discussant: Dominika Biegon, DGB and member of the Economic and Social Committee of the EU.
Cédric Koch, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Discussant: Francesco Corti, Advisor to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Affairs and Health.

Interventions from TUSLO
12.15pm – 1.00pmTOPIC 4: Combining “green” and “social” in national structural plans. Trade union common objectives.Dialogue with Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
1.00pm  – 2.30pmLunch 
2.30pm – 4.00pmTOPIC 5: Fair and effective tax policies – a theory of change for trade unions.Severine Picard, Coordinator of the Network of Unions for Tax Justice  
Berry Johnson, Founding partner of Purpose Union

Dialogue with Experts  
4.00pmEnd of Rethinking event