EP4U Debate on Employment and Social Policy, October 21, Paris

Since the financial crisis of the mid-2000s, unemployment and poverty have grown exponentially in the European Union, especially for young people. Now, we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic that has exacerbated the situation for many.

National-level responses to such challenges, and national-level employment and social policy writ-large, is one way of finding a solution and improving the lives of young people throughout Europe. But is there a better way? Should Europe try to resolve the situation on a collective basis? And if so, what role should the European Union formally have in such a solution?

In the framework of the EP4U project, TEPSA teamed with Tom Chevalier from the Centre of European Studies and Comparative Politics of Sciences Po to organise a University Debate on the EU’s Employment and Social Policy. The event took place on October 21 at 17:00 CET. Dr. Tom Chevalier is a leading expert on social protections, education, and political and economic sciences, and moderated the discussion between Leïla Chaibi MEP, youth activist Maëlys Garcia, and Jiry Plecity, who is the Head of Unit for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) in the European Commission. 

The event took place in French. It will start with a presentation on EU Employment and Social Policy “in a nutshell” before moving on to a panel discussion. A COVID pass is required for attendance at this event.

You can also join our event throughout the Conference on the Future of Europe platform.