Shaping a Sustainable Social Europe

European Union flag waving on the wind
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How social should Europe be, how social can Europe be? What should Europe’s social dimension look like in 2025? What can be done by the European Union and what should be done by the Member States themselves?

With the declaration of the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017, the discussion on the future social dimension received new impetus. It is a fact that economic success and social fairness are inextricably linked: without competitiveness and growth there will be neither new jobs nor social well-being. At the occasion of the EU Social Summit, the discussion will focus on how we, as European Union, can manage to remain globally competitive in the future, in order to guarantee for investment and economic growth.


A joint event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and BDA | Confederation of German Employers’ Associations


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Registration & Light Lunch starting 11:45h

Event: 12:30h – ca. 13:45h


Venue: Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels

Kindly register for this event by 20 March 2018 at *





Enrique Calvet Chambon MEP

Member of European Parliament (ALDE) and Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs


Sam Hägglund

Secretary General of the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)

Steffen Kampeter

Director General of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl-Heinz Paqué

Vice-President of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation (FNF)



Annette Riedel



Interpretation into German and English will be provided.




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