Civil Society Days 2022


From 15 to 17 March, we co-hosted workshop 5 “Building a democratic economy for a just transition” with Social Economy Europe, SOLIDAR, the European Environmental Bureau, and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at the Civil Society Days on March 2022. The yearly event organized by the EESC was brought to life to address the major societal challenges the EU currently faces in shaping its future. Under the overarching topic of “The EU as a driver of shared prosperity – civil society for an economy that works for people and the planet”

Draft programme

14:00 – 14:10      Welcome and opening remarks by Katy Wiese (EEB) and Andrea Casamenti (SOLIDAR)

14:10 – 14:40     Opening panelWhat is the EU doing to achieve a Just and Democratic Transition to climate neutrality?

  • Cillian Lohan, EESC Vice President
  • Maravillas Espín, Director-General for Social Economy, Self Employment and CSR of the Spanish Government
  • Aleksandra Tomczak, Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans

14:40 – 15:35     Second panel: What constitutes a democratic economy for a just transition and how to scale up positive initiatives?

  • Josh Roberts, Senior Policy Advisor at RESCOOP
  • Simona Fabiani, Environment and Territory Manager at the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL)
  •  Monika Sadkowska, Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Forum of Mayors for Just Transition
  • Jana Žůrková, Network Development & Innovation Manager at RREUSE – Reuse and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises

15:35 – 16:00     Closing remarks:

  • Oliver Röpke, President of the EESC Worker’s Group
  • Suzanne Westhausen, President of Cooperatives Europe
  • Mikael Leyi, Secretary General of SOLIDAR
  • Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of SEE


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