Related events

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Past events

Conference 16 November:
The EU of tomorrow – how do we create a better Europe?

The day before the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, Region Västra Götaland, the City of Gothenburg and the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities will host a conversation to discuss, from the point of view of young people, what tomorrow’s EU should do to contribute to a better Europe. The following questions will be discussed: what opportunities and challenges does the EU face and what are the implications for Sweden? How can the EU meet the needs and aspirations of young people in the future?

More information about the seminar (in Swedish)

Meeting 16 November:
Citizens’ dialogue on how Europe can contribute to fair jobs and growth

On 16 November, the European Commission will host a citizens’ dialogue in connection with the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth. You are welcome to take part in the dialogue on how the European Union and the Member States can more effectively address societal problems and future challenges and opportunities in the EU. Take the opportunity to tell us how you think the EU should tackle future challenges and opportunities.

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen, and Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson will take part in the citizens’ dialogue at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Ms Malmström, Ms Thyssen and Ms Johansson will share their views and respond to your questions during the one and a half hour session.

The dialogue will be live-streamed on Facebook @EUkommissionen.

More information and registration (in Swedish)

Conference 16 November:
”What role for Social Economy in the Future of work?”

On 16 November in Gothenburg, the European Commission together with the European Economic and Social Committee, the City of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland will organise a conference regrouping a wide range of stakeholders from the European Social Economy ecosystem. Social entrepreneurs and their representative organisations, policy-makers, and academics will be invited to participate, share good practices and present real life examples. In the margins of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, the discussions will shed light on the potential of Social Economy to create growth and sustainable jobs, and achieve social resilience. In addition, a special focus will be put on the role of cooperative societies and on how to create favourable ecosystems for Social Economy to develop in European regions.

More information and registration for the conference

Seminar 16 November:
European Pillar of Social Rights Media Seminar

A media seminar about the European Pillar of Social Rights and setting the scene for the Social Summit on Fair Jobs and Growth.

Programme of the seminar (pdf)

More information about the seminar (in Swedish) 

EU events in Gothenburg

On 17 November, the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth will be held in Gothenburg. EU heads of state and government will gather to discuss social issues, the labour market and the future of the EU. The EU influences more than half of all local and regional decisions and work is under way in the Gothenburg region to contribute to the development of the EU in various ways. Several EU events are therefore being arranged this autumn. Take the opportunity to increase your EU knowledge.

More information about the events (in Swedish)

Seminar 15 November:
“EU, invest in children!”

Investing in future generations is essential for a strong European Union. Gothenburg chooses to invest in young children to ensure that every individual will grow up with the ability to do well at school, gain further education and training, and find a job. In Gothenburg, in Sweden, in the EU and globally, greater equality is a prerequisite for sustainability. We must work together in the City of Gothenburg and in collaboration with the community, business, regional and state actors, civil society organisations and academia. The seminar will include concrete examples of what we can do to strengthen opportunities for children today and in the future. And we ask the question: what else can we do?

More information about the seminar (in Swedish)

Meeting 13 November:
The role of education in labour market integration

Education plays a key role in preparing young people for their first job, creating opportunities for career changes, integrating newly arrived immigrants, upskilling to meet new challenges, and much more. Access to education is also an important part of the Commission’ s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights. Education and skills are central issues for the future of Europe and in particular its social dimension; this is why The Swedish Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Anna Ekström, is hosting a special meeting for in-depth discussions focusing on educational issues on 13 November in Stockholm. The meeting will centre on structures that provide opportunities, incentives for study and validation of existing skills and knowledge.

Conference 8 November:
How Gender Equality can contribute to Fair Jobs and Growth

On 8 November, this conference will take place in Gothenburg and bring together Ministers responsible for Gender Equality from several EU Member States, as well as the social partners, civil society and researchers active in the field. A gender perspective is essential to achieving well-functioning and fair labour markets, sustainable social security systems, as well as inclusive growth. By bringing together key stakeholders, we are hoping for a fruitful discussion on how strategic gender equality policies on EU level, as well as nationally, can contribute to a more Social Europe. The conclusions from the day will provide valuable input to the Social Summit. In connection to the conference, Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, will host a citizens’ dialogue.

Ministerial conference on how gender equality can contribute to fair jobs and growth

More information about the conference

The opening speech by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven – via video link on Twitter @SwedishPM

Seminar 29 September:
Strengthening EU knowledge and opportunities to influence EU affairs

On the 29th of September, the Minister of EU affairs and Trade Ann Linde entered in a symbolic handshake with Region Västra Götaland, the City of Gothenburg and the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities. The seminar was a part of the Swedish Government’ s initiative to strengthen the opportunities to influence policies handled at the EU level, deepen the understanding of EU affairs amongst the public and widen the debate on EU affairs and the future of Europe.

More information about the seminar (in Swedish)

Seminar 22 September:
A Social Europe – what is it really?

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are hosting a Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg the 17th of November. The Commission has also published a reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe. But what exactly is the social dimension of Europe?  The 22th of September, the Swedish Institute for Policy Studies (SIEPS) arranged a seminar in Stockholm where experts on the social dimension of Europe explained what ”Social Europe” is from their perspective.

You can see the seminar here