on 23 and 24 November 2011 in Paris.
Social dialogue and industrial relations to solve
the competitiveness/solidarity equation.
Towards a social market economy for Europe?
On 23 and 24 November 2011 in Paris
This year European Economic Debates (Entretiens Economiques Européens or EEE) will take place on 23 and 24 November 2011 in Paris. The ground for the EEE will be prepared by a series of lunch debates(1) held in Brussels in addition to several conferences and Confrontations Europe working group meetings.
The European Union has opted to open up its markets, and must now embrace the opportunities offered by globalisation. The financial crisis has accentuated the changes in the world economy, and the emerging economies are now the main engines of global growth.
European countries and the Union as a whole must not only recover their financial and budgetary stability but also their growth potential in order to safeguard their prosperity. They can only achieve this by becoming more competitive. While the Union managed, on the whole, to successfully withstand competition in the 2000s, the future looks set to be more difficult. The performance of some countries, above all Germany, can no longer conceal the deteriorating or vulnerable position of many others. This is creating considerable tension within the monetary union. European countries are interdependent and, when the economic gaps between them get wider, the whole Union is undermined.
Under these circumstances, the proposal that Germany and France submitted to the European Council regarding the development of a competitiveness pact is, in our opinion, a very positive initiative. The fact that it has provoked a lot of reaction is understandable, and any objections must be given due consideration. Participation in such a pact would not be limited to members of the euro area, but to any country interested in joining. In addition, healthy cooperation between the Council and the Commission is essential. Therefore, we will ensure that the Single Market Act and the Union’s financial outlook – which are the key levers for intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth in the “EU 2020” strategy – are properly taken into account in the competitiveness pact.
One of the key merits of this pact is that it will operate on a democratic basis, so any issues will be open to public discussion. The democratic ideal must prevail over a system in which issues are dealt with exclusively through expert appraisals and administrative surveillance.
Our “Entretiens Economiques Européens” will be devoted to social and public dialogue on the design and implementation of a competitiveness and solidarity pact. These are two aspects of the same challenge. The consultation and participation of businesses, public authorities and European civil societies will play a key role in the pact’s success.
Europe has opted for a social market economy, which it is going to have to consolidate. The crisis has badly affected employment and welfare markets and institutions in many member countries. Moreover, the budgetary stability justifiably demanded of these countries requires strict control of public and social spending. Hence, we must focus on ensuring social acceptance of the efforts and indeed sacrifices entailed in the reforms needed to boost competitiveness.
Human and social investment must be a core component of any sustainable growth strategy. Removing the risk from career changes, enhancing job skills, updating services of general interest and facilitating access to them are all measures that could generate essential progress in innovation, productivity and the competitive offer of industries and services.
The coordination of national policies could, for example, ensure not only that salary packages are in line with productivity efforts, but also that available resources are earmarked first and foremost for human and productive investments.
We believe that reforms in national structures should go hand in hand with reforms in the Union’s structures and policies. Our EEE will focus in particular on the opportunities offered by the SMA, and on improving the financial outlook in order to create a better situation regarding employment and training, social and territorial cohesion, tax coordination, economic and social innovation and public and private investment across the Union. The large European market must become a base camp for European companies in the context of global competition, and an area that all of Europe’s citizens can share and enjoy. In particular, the Union must help socio-economic players to cooperate in developing and implementing joint projects.
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The European Union must rethink its growth and competitiveness strategy and make its work to prevent recession while the global financial crisis which hits Western economies shows new developments. Our financial system proves to be fragile, unstable and full of deficiencies when it comes to investment funding. The scale of public debt and the considerable economic imbalances between Member States threaten the whole Monetary Union.
A number of major initiatives have been launched to deal with these problems. They require evaluation and debate, as we are far from having stopped the blaze and organised sustainable recovery. The rigorous policies required to reduce public deficits and debts may lead
countries into recession if there is a lack of stimulus for sustainable growth. Last but by not least, the citizens of the various countries involved are finding it difficult to understand and accept reforms.
Les Entretiens économiques européens, are providing an opportunity to debate of these challenges around one central issue : the necessity of a balance between competitiveness and solidarity, and more: a synergy between both. This raises fundamental cultural and democratic challenges. The conception of the role of the State and markets should evolve, and unprecedented transnational cooperation is needed.
We will seek to answer three fundamental questions:
• What should be done to accompany populations towards new perspectives for employment, training and activity, and to imagine a new social welfare?
• How to stimulate growth while public finance must be cleaned up? And how to promote longterm investment in human capital, in a responsible use of natural capital, especially in infrastructures?
• How can Member States converge on an industrial renewal, with a high ecological and innovative value, instead of widening competitiveness imbalances?
We will ask for the participation of social and economic players as well as the one of national and European politicians and managers, so that they can compare and discuss their views in a constructive spirit of emulation and cooperation, always bearing in mind the European interest.
Wednesday 23 November 2011
10 AM : "Opening of the EEE"
by Claude FISCHER, President of Confrontations Europe,
Franco BASSANINI, President of Astrid
and Isabell HOFFMANN, Programm Europas Zukunft, Bertelsmann Stiftung
10.30 AM - 12 :
"Towards a European social market economy?"
Chaired by Philippe HERZOG, Founder President of Confrontations Europe
With : Giuliano AMATO, Former Italian Prime Minister, President of the scientific committee of Astrid
Charles GRANT, Director of the CER
Stefan LUNTE, Advisor of the secretariat of the COMECE
Alexandre ROGALSKI,Advisor at Mr. Dowgielewicz, Secretary of State for European Affairs in Poland
12.30 PM LUNCH DEBATE :
"European banking and monetary policy issues"
Chaired by Philippe MABILLE, Deputy Chief Editor, La Tribune
Michel AGLIETTA, Professor at the University Paris X-Nanterre,
Dr Hans-Pieter BURGHOF, University of Hohenheim,
Bruno CABRILLAC, Director of Economic and European relations, Bank of France,
Pedro DE LIMA, Head of the country and financial sector, analysis Division, EIB,,
Fabrizzio SACCOMANNI, Director General of the Bank of Italy
2.30 - 4 PM ROUND TABLE :
"Balance and synergies between competitiveness and solidarity in EU initiatives"
Chaired by Thomas FISCHER, Head of Brussels Office, Bertelsmann Stiftung
With: Jacques BARROT, Former European Commissionner, Member of French Conseil Constitutionnel
Christian DE BOISSIEU, President of the Centre d’Analyse Economique and Professor at the University Paris I
Anne BUCHER, European Commission’s DG ECFIN
Malgorzata KALUZYNSKA, Director of the Political Economy Department at Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Éric VAN DEN ABEELE, President of the working Group “Internal Market” during of the Belgium Presidency of the EU
Messages of and to Mario MONTI, Prime Minister of Italy
4.30 - 6 PM ROUND TABLE :
"Social and human investment, an essential dimension for a new growth"
Chaired by Marcel GRIGNARD, Deputy Secretary General, CFDT, Vice-President of Confrontations Europe
Avec : Gabriela DRAGAN, Director general of the European Institute in Romania
Gilles GATEAU, Director of Skills and HR Performance, EDF
Edgardo IOZIA, President of the Single Market Observatory, EESC
Michal KURTYKA, President of BPI polska
Maurizio SACCONI, Minister for Work and Social policies
Robert SZEWCZYK, International Department, NSZZ Solidarnosc
8 PM DINNER :
"China and us"
Chaired by Francis MER, Former Economy and Finance Minister, President of CEFA
Serge ABOU, former Ambassador of EU to China,
Sahbi BASLY, former Ambassador of Tunisia to India, China and Spain
Lu JIAN, Vice President of Europe and North America division, ZTE Corporation
Jean-Paul TCHANG, WST Conseils, Chief Editor of “La Lettre de Chine"
Anton SMITSENDONK, Honorary Ambassador of the Netherlands, Chairman of the China Carbon Forum
Thursday 24 November 2011
9.00 – 10.00 AM :
"Building a competitive European supply.
Developing electric network infrastructures, the digital agenda and aerospace industry"
With Francesco SOSSA, Vice-President, ENEL, Dominique MAILLARD, Chairman of RTE and Daniel MÜTHER, International Coordination Energy, German Federal Network Agency
Alexandre MALSCH, founding chairman of MeltyNetwork and Cristiano RADAEILLI, Vice President, Confindustria Digitale and President of Anitec
Jacques CIPTIANO, Director European Affairs, Safran and Carlo DES DORIDES, Executive Director of Galileo
Alain LAMASSOURE, MEP and Vice Presidente of Confrontations Europe
Transports and PPP Sector
10:30 – 12.30 PM
Consolidating the social dimension of the market economy.
"Modernising SIG and SSIG, promoting PPPs, entrepreneurship for social innovation, chemical and pharmaceutical industries for environment and health"
With: Frank GENSLER, Treasurer and First Deputy Mayor of Neuss, North Rhine Westphalia ans Claire ROUMET, Secretary General, Cecodhas
Anne-Marie IDRAC, Former State Secretary for Transport and External Trade and Pierre-François RIOLACCI, Deputy Director General, Veolia Environment
Jean-Louis BANCEL, President of the Crédit Cooperatif and Angelo BENASSIA, President of Compagnia di San Paolo
Jean-Claude LAHAUT, CEFIC, and Christian LAJOUX, French President of Sanofi
Services of general Interest
Corporate social responsibility
Changing finance to develop the real economy
"Funding SME, promoting long-term investments"
With: Luigi ABETE, President of BLN Groupe BNP Paribas, Joël DARNAUD, Deputy CEO of OSEO and Daniel CONSTANTIN, MATIERE SA
Franco BASSANINI, President of Cassa depositi e prestiti, President of ASTRID, and Dr Matthias BERGNER, Head of the Department on Saving Banks Policies/Banking Supervision, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband
Long Term Investments
Speech from Lenia SAMUEL,
Deputy Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
12.30 PM BUFFET
1.30 - 3 PM ROUND TABLE :
"How to reinvent long-term investment in projects of public interest in Europe"
Chaired by Augustin DE ROMANET, Director General of the CDC
Bruno BENSASSON, Executive Committee Member, Strategy and Sustainable Development Director, GDF SUEZ
Marcin FEDOR, Warsaw School of economics
Jean-Paul GAUZES, MEP
Giuseppe RECCHI, President of Eni
Ulrich SCHRÖDER, President de KfW
Philippe TILLOUS BORDE, Director General of Sofiproteol
3.30 - 5 PM ROUND TABLE :
"Building a base camp for European industries within the framework of globalisation"
Chaired by Olivier FREGET, partner, Cabinet Allen & Overy
With: Philippe DELLEUR, Senior Vice President, International Network, Alstom
Andreas GOERGEN, director of the energy sector for south western Europe, Siemens
Olivier GUERSENT, Head of cabinet of the Commissioner in charge of the Single Market and Services
Tamer SEN, Director General, TUSIAD International
5 - 5.30 PM : Conclusions of the EEE
by Franco BASSANINI, Isabell HOFFMANN and Philippe HERZOG
Interface N°70 - September 2011
Interface N°69 -July/August 2011
Interface N°68 -June 2011
Interface N°67 - May 2011
Interface N°66 - April 2011
in French and English.
PART ONE. EU 2020 strategy for a new growth
PART TWO. Social investments
PART THREE. Long-term investment
PART FOUR. Base camp
Minutes will be available soon
(1) : 2 lunch debates cycles :
- "Sustainable agriculture and green growth: What CAP (pact) for the future?"
- "For a Social Market Economy: Reconciling Competitiveness with solidarity"
Minutes, slides, photos
- Dialogue EU/RUSSIA: Competition and coopération in the nuclear industry - Renovating the Single Market
- Les Entretiens Economiques Européens 2012
- Life Sciences
- Western Balkans' Tour - The Roadmap for Energy - Confrontations Europe celebrates its 20 years
- Social dialogue and industrial relations to solve the competitiveness/solidarity equation
The Worth of the Social Economy- An International Perspective” edited by Marie Bouchard.
In Praise of Nuclear Energy - Giles Chichester
Will Europe retain its farmers? - Henri Nallet
Preparing European forests for climate change - a contribution of François Calonne to the Commission’s Green Paper
Wages and wage bargaining in Europe: developments since mid-1990s - ETUI + Reader’s comment (in French)
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