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20 May

Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019

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The Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth is an action-oriented platform bringing together civil society organisations and policymakers to discuss how to achieve truly inclusive growth. Its fourth edition will take place in Brussels on 20 May 2019. 

The Convention has been a successful opportunity to come together and reflect on how to build a stronger Social Europe, by fighting poverty, increasing employment, and strengthening social cohesion and inclusion for all. The Convention was born out of our commitment to European and national policymakers with the expertise and work of civil society organisations  from across the EU. The ultimate aim remains to bring Europe closer to its citizens, and to ensure that EU actions deliver tangible results and real impact on the ground. 

This year, the Convention will focus on "Inclusive Growth post 2020: looking at the future of Social Europe". The day will be split between plenary talks, workshops and interactive sessions to exchange ideas and best practices on how to conceive together Social Europe in the years ahead.  

The discussions will focus on concrete solutions and tools. In view of the social and economic challenges ahead, how can the EU reinvigorate the promise of a Social Europe? What should be the social policy priorities of the next Commission? How can we ensure that the next generation of financial instruments can foster inclusive growth? These are just some of the topics that will be discussed. For more details, please consult the  draft programme.


Civil society organisations can participate with a maximum of four (4) representatives. For registration, please contact the following e-mail address: by 29 April 2019. Each participant will then receive a personalised registration link.

No travelling expenses coverage is foreseen. The Commission reserves the right to finance travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of participants, under certain circumstances and subject to prior authorisation. When needed, the request for financial support with a short justification should be submitted in the aforementioned Excel file.

Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019

"Inclusive Growth post 2020:

Looking at the future of Social Europe"

20 May 2019 Crowne Plaza Hotel

rue Gineste, 3 - Brussels

Draft programme

08.00 Registration and welcome coffee


Official opening

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour


Elena Solomonesc, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, Romania


Plenary session

Maithreyi Seetharaman, International Journalist

Q&A with audience

10.30 Break / Change of room


7 parallel workshops:

1. Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights as the vehicle for the

Sustainable Development Goals in the social area;

2. Improving social policy governance in Europe: cross-sector collaboration, public-

private partnerships;

3. Let’s talk to each other: how to improve communicating Social Europe with the

EU citizens;

4. Adapting to the future of work: from childhood to adult and ongoing learning;

5. How the next Multiannual Financial Framework and its funding instruments can

be best used for inclusive growth;

6. The future of the EU Disability Strategy;

7. Social services: integrated approaches as a means to deliver the European Pillar of

Social Rights;

12.30 Lunch


+/- 5 side events organized directly by civil society on a relevant topic that

complements the programme; the topics are proposed by civil society and selected by

the Commission


+ Speed dating or another form of interactive exchange: best practices/concrete

projects linked to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proposed

by national civil society organisations and selected by the Commission

15.30 Break / Change of room


Key messages and recommendations from the workshops


Panel discussion on the conclusions and key messages of the day

Potential panel:

1. Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, DG Employment, Social

affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

2. Social Platform, TBC

3. Mario van Mierlo, Chair of the BusinessEurope Social Protection Working


4. Representative from the Finnish Presidency (TBC)

Reactions from the audience


Concluding remarks

Joost Korte, Director-General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European


See also