The European Social Model

Strength Through Variety



1:00 p.m.


Markus Russ

Director of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Brussels Office

1:15 p.m.


Dr. Joachim Würmeling

State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economics Technology


Petra Pinzler, Journalist ‘Die Zeit’

Session I:

Ethic Foundations and Basic Principles of the European Economic and Social Model

1:30 p.m.

  • Ab Klink

    Director, Wetenschappelijk Instituut of the Christian Democratic Appell, CDA

  • Olivier Debande

    Senior Economist, European Investment Bank

  • Frank Debie

    Director, Fondation pour l’innovation Poltique

  • Gert Verschraegen

    Post doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) Lecturer Catholic UNiversity Leuven



Petra Pinzler. Journalist ‘Die Zeit'

Session II:

Reforming Social Policy Models in Europe – Political and Institutional implications for the EU and for the Member States

3:15 p.m

  • Rene van der Linden

    President of the Parlamentary Assembly, Council of Europe

  • Angelika Niebler

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Jacques Toubon

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Adam Tyson

    European Commission, DG Emplayment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Head of Unit, Social Protection and Social Inclusion, Policy Coordination (invited)


4:45 p.m.

Conclusion and Outlook

Dr. Peter Weilemann

Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, European Office

5:00 p.m.

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