'Extraordinary Meeting of the Diversity Europe Group'., Brussels

Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC)
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
date November 12, 2019 09:30 - 18:00
city Brussels, Belgium
location Delors building (JDE) i Show location
attending (David) Casa i et al.
organisation European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) i

DRAFT PROGRAMME - Extraordinary Meeting of the Diversity Europe Group


European Economic and Social Committee

Group III - Diversity Europe Group

New Role Models for Societies in Europe



12 November

9 a.m.


Meeting room JDE 62, Jacques Delors Building, European Economic and Social Committee

Registration and coffee


9.30 a.m.


Inaugural session

  • Mr Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Joost Korte, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (t.b.c.)
  • Representative of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU

10.15 a.m.

Keynote speeches

Why equal opportunities between men and women in the workforce are still so elusive

  • Ms Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (t.b.c.)

Sharing parenting and family life in the 21st Century: are we stuck in the Dark Ages?

  • Associate Professor Ms Livia Oláh, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, project leader of the consortium research on Changing Families and Sustainable Societies: policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations (EU 7th Framework Programme FamiliesAndSocieties involving 25 research partners and three transnational civil society actor partners) (t.b.c.)
  • Q & A

11.15 a.m.


Have societal attitudes to parenting and family life kept up with reality?

  • Ms Annemie Drieskens, President of the Executive Bureau of COFACE Families Europe (t.b.c.)
  • Mr Antoine Renard, former President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) (t.b.c.)
  • H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Eurochild (t.b.c.)
  • Mr Björn Sieverding, Vice President of the Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations (NELFA) (t.b.c.)
  • Q & A

12.45 p.m.


Lunch hosted by the President of the Diversity Europe Group


2.15 p.m.


Break-out panel I: What challenges remain? The importance of civil and social dialogue (room JDE 62)

  • Ms Indré Vareikyté, EESC rapporteur for the Opinion 'Gender Equality Issues', Member of the Diversity Europe Group (t.b.c.)
  • Mr Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope (t.b.c.)
  • Ms Esther Lynch, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Congress (ETUC) (t.b.c.) OR a Member of Group II
  • Dr Horst Heitz, Executive Director of SME Europe (t.b.c.) OR the Group I Spokesperson of the SME EESC Category
  • Ms Carina Autengruber, President of the European Youth Forum (t.b.c.)
  • Q & A

2.15 p.m.

Break-out panel II: Implementing grassroots solutions (room JDE63)

  • Ms Anne-Sophie Parent, Secretary General of 'Age Platform Europe' (t.b.c.)
  • Representative of the European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Ms Karen Kiernan, Director of the Irish organization 'One Family' (t.b.c.)
  • Representative of the 'Réseaux d'Ecoute, d'Appui et d'Accompagnement des Parents' (REAAP) (network for disadvantaged families - ask Ms Basset for contact details) / Caisse d'allocations familiales FR
  • Lithuanian example of a social enterprise investing in services (day care centre for single parents to leave children) - waiting for info from Mindaugas
  • Q & A

4 p.m.

Equal opportunities for all: the way forward at the national and European levels

  • MEP Mr David Casa, rapporteur on the proposal for a 'Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers' (Malta, EPP)
  • Ms Marie-Andrée Blanc, President of the French National Union of Family Associations (UNAF) (t.b.c.)
  • Ms Kinga Joó, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Association of Large Families (NOE), Member of the Board of the National Cooperation Fund (NEA) and Member of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC
  • Ms Norma Bernad, Director of UNAF Spain (t.b.c.)
  • Ms Ulrika Hall, Member of the EU Social Protection Committee for Sweden (t.b.c.)
  • Q & A

5.30 p.m.

Concluding remarks

Mr Arno Metzler, President of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)


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