Re-Thinking our social and democratic models in an economy with high debt and low interest rates

    Tuesday, 15 September, 2pm

    Opening remarks and chair of the seminar: Liina CARR

    Topic 1: Global trends during and after the COVID-19 and its impact on the global economy.

    Tuesday, 15 September, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Keynote speech: Giovanni TRIA link

    Discussants: Julie FROUD, Matthieu MEAULLE

    Reading suggestions: Mr. Weidmann President of the Deutsche Bundesbankm, Calling on the government

    The Germans have been boxed in by Italy. Fiscal policy has become monetary policyThe Germans have been boxed in by Italy. Fiscal policy has become monetary policy

    Topic 2: What happens to inequalities in Europe in the aftermath of the pandemic crisis

    Tuesday, 15 September, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Keynote speech: Stedano SCARPETTA link

    Discussants: Katia BERTI, Federica SALIOLA

    Reading suggestions: Employment Outlook 2020, Facing the Jobs Crisis

    ETUI, Essential but unprotected: highly mobile workers in the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Topic 3: Post-Pandemic Society: Understanding the Hopes and Aspirations of the Public

    Tuesday, 15 September, from 5pm to 6pm

    Keynote speech: Matt BROWNE link

    Discussants: Paolo REBOANI, Mariano FANDOS

    Reading suggestions: Matt Browne, Beyond Populism

    GIOVANNINI, BENCZUR, CAMPOLONGO,CARIBONI,Time for transformative resilience: the COVID-19 emergency

    Debate time

    Tuesday, 15 September  from 6 to 6.30

    with Luca VISENTINI, ETUC General Secretary

    Topic 4: Empowering public (general interest) services for a sustainable economy

    Wednesday, 16 September from 9.30am to 10.30am

    Keynote speech: Angelo SALENTO and Julie FROUD link

    Discussant: Philippe POCHET, Paola CAMMILLI

    Reading suggestions: What Comes after the Pandemic? A Ten-Point Platform for Foundational Renewal

    Topic 5: Financing the green and digital transitions and social component of sustainability, the point of view of private investors

    Wednesday, 16 September, from 10.30am to 11.30am

    Keynote speech: Theophile POUGET-ABADIE link

    Discussants: Guillaume CRAVERO, Jacopo SCHETTINI

    Reading suggestions: Inequality context of the Covid-19 crisis. THe day after. 

    Cravero, Transformation durable des entreprises : voici les bonnes pratiquesbonnes pratiques

    The One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Framework

    Topic 6: Employment policies and sustainability (SDG8 and10) against the post-COVID economic outlook

    Wednesday, 16 September, from 12pm to 1pm

    Keynote speech: Rolph VAN DER HOEVEN link

    Discussants: Nicola COUNTOURIS, Paola SIMONETTI

    Reading suggestions: How SDGs Can Help to Stem the Growing Income Inequality

     VIdeo: income inequality and SDGs 


    Topic 7: Rethinking jobs and social protection systems?

    Wednesday, 16 September, from 3pm to 4pm

    Keynote speech: Federica SALIOLA link

    Discussants: Rolph VAN DER HOEVEN, Katia BERTI

    Reading suggestions:  Saliola's blog, Why the Future of Work policy agenda remains relevant: it’s not just about addressing digital disruption

    The changing nature of work (long reading)

    ETUI, Working hour pressure. Employment, job quality and labour relations in Europe’s public sector since the crisis

    Topic 8: A Labour Guarantee to reinforce the social dimension of development

    Wednesday, 16 September, from 4pm to 5pm

    Keynote speech: Enrico GIOVANNINI link

    Discussants: Florian RANFT, Sharan Burrow

    Reading suggestions: Work for a brighter future (including a proposal for a global Labour Gurantee)

    Berti, The Intergenerational Dimension of Fiscal Sustainability

    Ranft, Reading and watching: #Tech4Society – New technologies and the economy

    Debate time

    Wednesday, 16 September, from 5pm to 5.30

    with Marco CILENTO and Paolo REBOANI


    Wednesday, 16 September, 5.30pm

    Liina CARR

    TALKS WITH DECISION MAKERS - Recovery Plan to restart the economy in Europe and in Italy

    (Time to be defined)

    Organised by the European Trade Union Confederation

    Luca Visentini, General Secretary ETUC
    Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for economy (tbc)
    Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary CEEP
    Pierpaolo Bombardieri, General Secretary UIL
    Annamaria Furlan, General Secretary CISL
    Maurizio Landini, General Secretary CGIL
    Roberto Gualtieri, Minister of economy and Finance, Italian Government (tbc)


    Please note that the reading suggestions are a selection made by the organisers and cannot be meant exhaustive of the larger production that the guest speakers of this seminar have produced. 

    ec logo st rvb web enThis event is organised with  the financial support of the European Commission - DG Employment. The support of the European Commission is meant to reinforce the capacity of European Trade Unions to be active stakeholder in the framework of the European Semester of the economic governance of the EU, under the coordination of the ETUC.


    with the participation of  Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation 

    and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation 



    Head of Unit

    European Commission – DG Employment

    Katia Berti is Head of Unit on the Employment and Social Aspects of the European Semester at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Before that, she worked on EMU deepening and the macroeconomy of the Euro Area and on fiscal sustainability issues in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. She has a PhD in international economics from the University of Nottingham and completed postgraduate studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the College of Europe.



    Senior Fellow

    American PROGRESS

    Matt Browne is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC, leading the organisation’s work on populism, the transformation of progressive politics and renewal of democracy. Matt is the founder of Global Progress, an international network of progressive leaders, policy analysts, strategists, think tanks and foundations, and also co-chairs the Berggruen Institute initiative on the “Renewal of Democracy in the Digital Age”. Matt sits on the board of a number of progressive foundations including; Policy Network (UK), Canada 2020, VoltaItalia, Tera Nova (France), and the Duesto School of International Relations (Madrid). Formerly, Matt served as the executive director of Policy Network, an advisor to the Blair government and British Labour Party, and to former European Commission President Jacques Delors during the Laeken Council.. He continues to advise a host of progressive leaders around the globe. 



    Director of Research Department

    European Trade Union Institute

    Nicola Countouris is the Director of the Research Department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and a Professor in Labour Law and European Law at the Faculty of Laws of University College London (UCL). Before joining the ETUI and UCL he had taught law at the Universities of Reading, LSE, and Oxford, where he also obtained his DPhil under the supervision of Professor Mark Freedland. He has acted as an independent expert for the International Labour Office, the ETUC, and on a number of European Commission funded projects. He is the author and co-author of some 55 publications, including The Legal Construction of Personal Work Relations co-authored with Mark Freedland and published by OUP in 2011.     



    Strategic Advisor

    Business&Society Advisers

    Founder and President of Business & Society Advisers - Strategic Advisor of the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Funds initiative. Guillaume Cravero graduated from the London School of Economics and Grenoble Ecole de Management. He was Diplomatic Advisor to Labour Minister Muriel Pénicaud (2018-2019), Senior Social Affairs Adviser at BusinessEurope (2011-2018) and Political Assistant at the CFDT (2008-2010). Guillaume also served as Online Project Manager for the magazine Le Moniteur du Commerce International (BusinessFrance) and was Trade Attaché with the French Trade Commission in the United States (French-American Chamber of Commerce, Seattle). He is co-author of the business & leadership book Creative Attitude - A new management philosophy to inspire, motivate, collaborate and innovate in companies (Editions Dunod).



    University of Manchester

    Professor of Financial Innovation

    Julie Froud is a member of the Organisations and Society subject group in the People, Management and Organisations division of MBS.



    University or Rome 3. Asvis

    Professor and Director of Asvis

    Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome, full professor of economic statistics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Visiting Fellow at the European Political Strategies Centre (EPSC) of the European Commisson and Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, for more than ten years I promoted the "Beyond GDP" world movement, pushing statistical agencies and governments to embrace the "equitable and sustainable well-being" framework.
    During my career I dealt with several statistical, economic and economic policy issues, and developed an extensive international experience, working with international organisations and NGOs. I am board member and chair of several international and Italian institutions, as well as author of more than ninety articles and four books on statistical and economic topics.
    Since March 2016 I am the Director of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (



    University of Rome La Sapienza


    Full Professor of Economics, Sapienza Università di Roma
    Head of Monetary Policy Unit, Arcelli Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CASMeF)
    Qualification (ASN) to Full Professorship of Economic Policy
    Research Fellow: Euro Area Business Cycle Network (EABCN), LUISS Lab of European Economics (LLEE), Center for Labor and Economic Growth (CeLEG)
    Member of: European Economic Association, American Economic Association, Royal Economic Society



    European Trade Union Institute


    Philippe Pochet is General Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and associated researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT, Montreal). Prior to becoming Director of the ETUI in 2008, he was Director of the Observatoire social européen (OSE) for 16 years. He is interested at and has published extensively books and articles on European social and economic policies, European social dialogue and new forms of governance. He is now working on the issues of impact of climate change and digitalisation on jobs and seeking how to combine the analysis of the big trends. Previously he had other temporary positions, such as invited Professor at the College of Bruges and invited scholar at the Faculté Universitaire Saint-Louis (FUSL), adjunct professor and visiting scholar at Griffith University (Brisbane).

    He was visiting scholar at Berkeley University, at Montréal University, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Cologne), and at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA). In 2005, he was awarded an EU Fulbright-in-Residence grant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). Philippe is also the co-editor of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research Quarterly of the ETUI Research Department.




    Business Solutions and Innovation

    Théophile works in Amundi’s Paris office on structuring investment solutions for Amundi’s institutional clients, with a double focus: on public institutions (supranational entities such as EIB, national entities such as Central Banks, sovereign wealth funds etc.), and on green and social solutions. Most of his projects currently involve green bonds and the development of this market, as well as incorporate inequality and the “Just Transition” in investment frameworks. He has also worked on ESG advisory for institutional clients. He has a background in finance, management and economic history.



     Head of Programme Economic and Social Transformation


    Florian Ranft is Head of Programme Economic and Social Transformation and focuses on inclusive growth and the future of work. In previous capacities, he was Head of Policy and International at Policy Network, and a former Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy, both think tanks based in London. Previously, he was a researcher and lecturer in political sociology and international relations at the Universities of Frankfurt and Greifswald.




    Paolo Reboani, economist, has been General Director at the Italian Ministry of Department of Work and Social Policies and chairman of the agency in charge of active labour policies (2010-2017). Between 1997 and 2011 he was the head of staff and economic/ international advisor of the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, and one of the architects of the reform of labour market and pensions. Previously, he has been heading of staff at the European Affairs and Trade Department and a range of appointments as adviser of Italian Vice-Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister. He has also held important international roles, including Vice-President of the Employment Committee; international sherpa of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy for the European Union, OECD, G8 and G20; member of the OECD Employment Committee.



    University of Salento


    Born 1971, he has a degree in Law from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Sociology of Law at the University of Milan. He is qualified to practice law. From 2016, Associate professor of Economic sociology and Sociology of work in the University of Salento (qualified for full professorship from 2018). From 2005 to 2016 he han been researcher/assistant professor in Sociology. He teaches Economic sociology and Sociological analysis of development.
    He is member of the PhD school in Human and Social Sciences, University of Salento.
    He has taught in several masters and doctoral courses. In 2015/16 he teaches "Economics and Social Innovation" in the ISUFI higher education school, University of Salento.
    He is member of the editorial boards of the journals "Sociologica", "PaCo - Partecipazione e conflitto", "Sociologia del Lavoro". He has been referee for the journals "Stato e mercato", "Polis", "Sociologica", "Rivista Italiana di Sociologia", "Studi organizzativi", "Paradigmi", "Mondi migranti".
    In 2014 he was visiting researcher in the CRESC (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change), University of Manchester.
    From 2014 to 2019  delegate of the Rector for the Job Placement.
    His research involves social theory, the organization of work and enterprises, the relationship between economic change and legal change, the financialisation of the economy, local development, social innovation, and the foundational economy.




    Lead Economist, Social Protection and Jobs- Co-director WDR

    Federica is Director of the World Development Report 2019. Prior to this position, she was a Manager in the Development Economics Global Indicators Group. In that role, she was responsible for developing global programs with a focus on policies and regulations across a number of thematic areas, including agriculture and agribusiness, skills, information and communication technology, public procurement and PPPs. Under her intellectual leadership, nine World Bank global reports have been published since 2014, including the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (2015, 2016, and 2017), Benchmarking Public procurement (2015, 2016, and 2017) and Procuring Infrastructure PPPs (2015, 2017, and 2018). She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including studies on firm productivity, global value chains, and the impact of regulation on growth and competition. She has also contributed to a number of World Bank reports, including the Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Golden Growth: Restoring the Luster of the European Economic Model; the Jobs Study - Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction; and the Turkey Investment Climate Assessment: from Crisis to Private Sector Led Growth. She holds a PhD in Economics and a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.




    Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

    Mr. Scarpetta joined the OECD in 1991 and held several positions in the Economics Department and in his current Directorate. He led several large-scale research projects, including: "Implementing the OECD Jobs Strategy"; the "Sources of Economic Growth in OECD Countries"; and contributed to others including “The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing" and “The Effects of Product Market Competition on Productivity and Labour Market Outcomes”. From 2002 to 2006 he worked at the World Bank, where he took over the responsibility of labour market advisor and lead economist. In this capacity, he coordinated a Bank-wide research program of Employment and Development and contributed extensively to the Bank's investment climate assessments. He returned to the Economics Department of the OECD in November 2006 where he became the head of the Country Studies Division in charge of Japan, Korea, China, India, Mexico, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden. From March 2008 to June 2010, he was the editor of the OECD Employment Outlook and the Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division of the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA). He became the Deputy Director of DELSA in June 2010 and in May 2013 he became Director



    Director of Research Office

    Standard Ethics AEI

    Graduated in Political Sciences, Strategic Studies (MSc), Ph.D. in Corporate Finance, Doctoral School of Finance, University of Trieste. He started his professional career working for HSBC in London (1992), covering all major derivatives markets: LIFFE (UK); CBOT (US); MATIF (France); DTB (German); CME (US). He also worked for other banks (like IMI Bank in London, owned by the Italian Ministry of Finance) before joining AEI in 2001 as CEO. Then, he began to focus intensely on such issues as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. He became Directeur Exécutif of Standard Ethics AEI GEIE (Brussels) in 2004.



    Vice Director Dep. Economic and Social Policy

    International Trade Union Confederation

    Paola Simonetti is Deputy Director of the Economic and Social Policy Department at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). She leads trade unions engagement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting trade unions action at national, regional and global levels, including SDGs related policy processes with multilateral institutions such as the UN, ILO, OECD, and the EU. Prior to that, Ms. Simonetti was policy advisor at the ITUC on development policy, and previously served as Head of the European Office of CISL Italian trade union since 2003, in charge of advocacy and regional programs coordination.  



    He is currently Professor of Political Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he has been Dean in the Faculty of Economics since 2017. Over the years he has served as a senior advisor in various ministries (Economics and Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Administration, Labor). From 2002 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2012 he served as member of the Board of Directors of the International Labour Organization (ILO). From 1 January 2010 to 15 March 2016, he was President of the National School of Administration. On 31 May 2018, Tria was selected as Minister of Economy and Finances.



    Erasmus University (EUR) in The Hague


    Rolph van der Hoeven is emeritus Professor of Employment and Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR) in The Hague, the Netherlands, member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) of the Dutch Government, and member of the Committee for Development Policy of the UN (UN-CDP). He also serves on the board of a number of international institutions, NGO’s and journals. Rolph was formerly Director of ILO’s Policy Coherence Group, where he spearheaded the ILO’s interaction and cooperation with the UN, IMF and World Bank on policy coherence. He was also Manager of the Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. Other previous positions include Chief Economist of UNICEF in New York, where he was part of the team that launched the campaign on Adjustment with a Human Face, and policy analyst for the ILO in Ethiopia and Zambia, where he advised African governments on employment and income policies. He was involved in various research projects of the United Nations World Institute on Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) on globalization, inequality, and employment.

    Rolph holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Free University (VU) Amsterdam and an MSc in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam (UVA) He is the author of a dozen books, and many articles and book chapters on issues as basic needs, income inequality, employment, structural adjustment, globalization and sustainable development. His latest (co-authored) volume is Sustainable Development Goals and Income Inequality


    With the financial support of the European Commission DG Employment

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