New economy models and social innovation An opportunity for a better Europe

February 16, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Europe/Madrid Timezone
European Economic and Social Committee
Belliardstraat 99
1000 Brussel
INT Section (Internal Market, Production & Consumption) European Economic and Social Committee

In the last couple of years, the combination of opportunities brought about by the digital revolution and the emergence of new consumer behaviours and aspirations have triggered radical change in the way we buy, exchange or even value goods and services, also known new economy models.Their impact on businesses, consumers and workers is considerable. As the European voice of civil society, we have recognised both the potential of these new models for Europe’s sustainability as well as the uncharted legal territory they bring with them. In 2016, we published opinions on the circular economy, the functional economy and the collaborative economy, proposing innovative solutions to complex issues thrown up by so-called disruptors.

The next step we are taking now is to join forces with the Global Hub for the Common Good to enrich the European debate with input from communities directly involved in these new economies. Organising this conference together, we will be introducing a practical dimension by inviting SMEs and other stakeholders to share their experiences and exchange best practices.

Want to share your views and experience or know more about the new economies and their impact? Join us on 16 February 2017 in Brussels from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration is now open till 14 February, and while it is free of charge, seating is limited.

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2.30 p.m. - 2.40 p.m. |  Welcome address

  • Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

2.40 p.m. - 3 p.m. | The EESC and the new economy models

Moderator: Brenda King, Member of the Employers’ Group, EESC

  • Carlos Trias Pintó, Rapporteur of the Collaborative Economy EESC Opinion
  • Thierry Libaert, Rapporteur of the Functional Economy EESC Opinion
  • Bernardo Hernández Bataller, Rapporteur of the Collaborative or participatory consumption EESC Opinion - Collaborative consumption

3 p.m. - 3.10 p.m. | Presentation of the initiative Global Forum “New Economy and Social Innovation” - NESI

3.10 p.m. - 4 p.m. |  Panel 1: Showcasing the new economies and exchanging best practices

Moderator: Brenda King, Member of the Employers’ Group, EESC

  • Albert Cañigueral, Connector Spain & Latin America, OuiShare
  • Tessa Wernink, Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer, Fairphone
  • Nicolas Usuwiel, Founder, UNIC-3D

=  Debate

4 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. | Coffee break 

4.15 p.m. - 5.10 p.m. | Panel 2: Fostering cooperation for the way ahead

Moderator: Franca Salis-Madinier, Member of the Workers’ Group, EESC                          

= Debate

5.10 p.m. -  5.45 p.m. |  Panel 3: Integrating the new economy models - the response from Brussels

Moderator: Jorge Pegado Liz, Rapporteur of the Sharing economy and self-regulation EESC Opinion

  • Bror Salmelin, Advisor (Innovation), DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Vesa Vanhamen, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Juan Pérez Lorenzo, Senior Expert socio-economic assesment, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Didier Bourguignon, Policy Analyst, European Parliament Research Services (EPRS)

5.45 p.m. -  6 p.m. | Closing remarks

 6 p.m. | Networking and refreshments