Employment Week

5-6 June 2007,

Management Centre Europe, Brussels



Working Europe

Creating More and Better Jobs



Creating more and better jobs is a top priority for Europe’s economy, as its political leaders work to promote its competitive performance.


How can YOU – as employer, employee, agency, or official - contribute? What are YOUR priorities - at the workplace and in the labour market generally?


§  Improving productivity so as to keep existing jobs viable?


§  Promoting diversity and respect at the place of work?


§  Ensuring your city or region stays high on the list of desired locations?


§  Attracting, nurturing and retaining the talent and skills you need?


§  Planning for a successful future with an ageing workforce?


§  Restructuring the local economy so as to capture new job opportunities?


§  Making work-life balance a realistic reality for everybody?


§  Supporting worker mobility and cross-border migration?


How do you keep informed about these sorts of issues? How do you track what is happening across Europe?  How do you keep up with impending EU-wide policy action or legislation? How do you judge the significance of other policies – on energy efficiency, for example, or on social protection or health and safety?


Employment Week – now in its 14th year - is the event of choice for those who wish to stay at the forefront, with an activity-packed two-day conference and exhibition in Brussels, the centre of EU policy-making and programme funding. The 2007 event – 5/6 June – is being held in the state of the art, purpose built, Management Centre Europe Conference facility, allowing multiple interactive presentations and briefing sessions.


It is the major opportunity to learn what Europe has to offer concerning employment. Delivering real life experiences from 27 Member States, together with up-to-the-minute information about EU employment policies and funding opportunities, as well as innovative and inspiring keynote presentations and active debates. As the programme shows, there is something for everybody all of the time:


Two tackling practical and policy issues within two broad themes:


Actions at the workplace within the company or organisation

Actions in the labour market more generally


Two providing additional opportunities to question and debate:


Question and answer policy briefing sessions

Exhibitor Showcases




Employment Week showcases success and provides excellent networking opportunities  – to mix with one’s peers while bringing examples of best practice to the attention of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the wide range of European Institutions and Agencies concerned.


This year’s event takes particular account of the impact of EU entry on the new Member States, and their impact on the original EU members. It highlights ways in which all countries, all groups, and all employers can use the power of Europe to drive themselves forward.


Day 1 Tuesday 5th June


0930 – 1000


Opening Plenary


Chair: Xavier Prats-Monné, Director of Employment, Lisbon Strategy, International Affairs, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission.


David Arkless, Executive Board Member, Manpower Inc.



1000 – 1030 Coffee and Exhibition


1030 - 1145





Session 1

Theme: The Workplace


Diversity - opportunities for all, or just for some? Do companies do it because they have to, or because they find that it works?


Chair: Peter Moore

Member of Sheffield City Council, Rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions on Equal Opportunities


Brenda King MBE

President, Social Affairs Section, European Economic and Social Committee


Ann-Sophie Cremers
Deputy General Manager
Toyota Academy & School for Employee Development
Toyota Motor Europe


Bellinda Paes
European Social Affairs Senior Specialist, Social Affairs & Corporate Projects Office
Toyota Motor Europe


Pauline Berry

Acting Programme Director

Diversity Works for London

London Development Agency



Session 2

Theme: The Labour Market


Europe’s job creation performance under the spotlight. Where are the new jobs being created? Why do some countries do much better than others?


Chair: Jeremy Harrison

Independent Evaluation and Economic Development Expert


Egbert Holthuis

Deputy Head of Employment Strategy Unit, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission


Dr Elizabeth Mestheneous

Vice-President, AGE - the European Older People’s Platform


John Evans

General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to OECD




Session 4

Information is power


How best to use the various European websites and databases to find the facts and information you need


EU Websites


Silvia Arzilli

Information Officer, Brussels Office, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


Andreas Dietl

Journalist, EurActiv.com


EU Database - Cronos


Nirina Rabemiafara

Economic Analyst, Applica





1155 – 1310



Session 5

Theme: The Workplace


Work-life balance – how does it work in practice? Who is doing the most to bring it about – employers, employees, or policy activists?


Chair:  David Foden

Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


Prof. Colette Fagan

Co-director, Department of Sociology, European Work and Employment Research Centre (EWERC), University of Manchester 


Anna Nitzelius
Deputy Director, Ministry of Employment, Division of Labour Law and Work Environment,



Marta Rawůuszko

Gender Specialist, United Nations Development Programme


Paulina Kaczmarek

Global Compact Specialist,

United Nations Development Programme

Session 7

Policy Briefing Q&A


European Commission – DG Employment


Policies and the new ESF round


David Coyne

Director, European Social Fund Co-ordination, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities,
European Commission


Marie Donnelly

Head of Unit, European Social Fund Co-ordination, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities,
European Commission

Session 6

Theme: The Labour Market


Restructuring is almost a way of life for many regions and localities especially in the New Member States. How best to manage change and capture new job opportunities? Is partnership an obstacle or the key?


Chair: Hans Marten

Chief Executive of European Policy Centre


Graham Meadows

Former Director General, Regional Policy, European Commission


Wolfgang Binder

Director of Human Resources,

Volvo Trucks Region Central


Dr. Patrick Detzel
Economics & International Relations, Nestlé SA Switzerland


Ivan Stefunko

Network Director

EurActiv.com, Slovakia




1310 – 1430 Lunch


1430 – 1545


Session 9

Theme: The Workplace


Quality of jobs – how big an issue is it? How can you measure it? Are objective concerns – about health and safety, for example - less important than they were in the past?


Chair:  Jukka Takala

Director, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work


John Hurley

Research Officer, Working Conditions, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


Liz Smith OBE

Director, unionlearn,

Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK


Cécile Staner
Vice-President, Chief Human Resources Officer, McDonald's Europe


Session 12

Social and employment policies


Debates on


·  How well do social and employment policies inter-act?


·  How well do they interact with other policies – economic, environment, industry?


The Platform of European Social NGOs


Chair: Bettina Schwarzmayr

President, European Youth Forum (YFJ)


Valerie Vanbesien,

Policy Officer, European Disability Forum (EDF)


Evelyne Paradis

Policy Officer, European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe)


Bettina Schwarzmayr

President, European Youth Forum (YFJ)


Silke Paasche

Communications Officer, FEANTSA


Claire Champeix

Policy Officer, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)


Rachel Buchanan

Policy Officer, AGE – The European Older People’s Platform


Antonio Pitzeri

AGE - the European Older People’s Platform

Session 11

European Agency Briefing Q&A



David Foden

Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


CEDEFOP – The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training



1545 - 1615 Tea and Exhibition


1615 - 1730



Plenary session and Keynote Speeches


Challenges and policies for Europe


Chair: Christophe Leclercq, Publisher, EurActiv.com 


Policy Priorities in the German Presidency

Kajo Wasserhövel, Administrative Secretary of State, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany


Plans of the forthcoming Portuguese Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU

Fernando Medina, Secretary of State for Employment and Vocational Training, Portugal


The European Commission – the global economy and new European employment initiatives

Vladimír Đpidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission




1730 Conference Reception and Exhibition


Day 2 Wednesday 6th June


0930 – 1100


Session 13

Theme: The Workplace


How do companies attract, nurture and retain talent in the knowledge economy? What should public authorities do to help?


ChairChris Brooks


Steve Bainbridge

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)


Jacqueline Randall MBA

Executive Coach/Consultant, Jacqueline Randall Coaching


Gabriele Badini
Diversity & Inclusion Director, Europe, Dow Chemical




Session 14

Theme: The Labour Market


The push for a more energy efficient, cleaner environment – does it mean lower growth and employment, or more and better jobs?


Chair: John Morley,

Nottingham University


Sophie Dupressoir

Advisor for Sustainable Development and Environment, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)


Bernd Vögerle

Mayor of Gerarsdorf, Vice-President of the Austrian Association of Municipalities


Christine Lins

Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)

Session 16

Innovative City Employment projects


This session gives an overview of successful local active employment strategies utilised to combat unemployment and worklessness and is based on the EUROCITIES Benchmark Study and best practice.


Chair:  Alison Sanderson


9.40 Alison Sanderson - Case Studies from the UK (Newcastle and Gateshead)

9.50 Pia Hellberg-Lannerheim/Malmo - Local Employment Policies in Malmo

10.00 Luca Koltai/Budapest - Local Employment Policies in Budapest

10.10 Luca Koltai - Issues facing accession countries

10.20 Pia Hellberg-Lannerheim - Benchmarking local employment policies – the challenges of transferring best practice

10.30 Discussion



1100 -  Coffee and Exhibition


1130 - 1300



Session 17

Theme: The Workplace


Flexicurity – how does it work in practice? Does it really balance the interests of employers and employees?


Chair:  Annemarie Muntz

President, European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett)


Emmanuel Jahan,

Employment and Social Affairs Representative in Brussels to European Institutions, Social Affairs Department,

Air France – KLM


Prof. Ton Wilthagen

Department of Social Law and Social Policy, Director of Flexicurity Research Programme, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.


Jos Kester

Policy Coordinator, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission


Jean Raphaël Bartoli

Director and Founder of AMNYOS Consultants*


Session 18

Theme: The Labour Market


If enterprise is the key to competitive performance, what is being done to educate for enterprise, and improve business performance?


Creating Jobs – Lessons Learnt??


Chair:  Jeremy Harrison

Independent Evaluation and Economic Development Expert


Professor Martin Binks and  Professor Alistair Bruce,

Nottingham University Business School


Bettina Schwarzmayr

President, European Youth Forum


Caroline Jenner

Chief Executive Officer, JA-YE Europe


Session 19

Policy briefing Q&A


European Commission - DG Regional policy


Policies and funding


Ronald Hall

Director of Development and Co-ordination of Cohesion Policy, Solidarity Fund, DG for Regional Policy, European Commission














































*Subject to final confirmation



1300 – 1430 Lunch and Exhibition



1430 – 1600


Session 21

Theme: The Workplace


Active ageing – is it the only response to demographic change? Can it work for both companies and employees?


Chair:  Dr Elizabeth Mestheneous

Vice-President, AGE - the European Older People’s Platform


Prof. John Philpott

Chief Economist

CIPD – The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development


Mirko Sporket

Institute of Gerontology, Germany


Harry Gray

Director, NW Emeritus College

Session 22

Theme: The Labour Market


Mobility, migration and immigration – problems or solutions? How far do public agencies help?


Chair:  John Morley, Nottingham University


Johan ten Geuzendam
Head of Unit, Employment Services & Mobility, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities,
European Commission


Dr. Hubert Krieger

Research Manager, Living Conditions, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


Session 23

Policy Briefing Q&A


Economic and Social Committee & The Committee of the Regions - their contribution to EU policy making



Claudette Baldacchino

Deputy Mayor, Qrendi Local Council, Member of Committee of the Regions, Malta


Irini Pari,

Vice President, Employment Social Affairs & Citizenship (SOC), the European Economic and Social Committee, Federation of Greek Industries







1600 – 1630


Conference Summary and Conclusions.


Rapid resume of Conference themes – session by session.

Francois de Lavergne, AMNYOS Consultants