As part of the debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe, Eurofound, in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland and European Movement Ireland organised a LIVE webinar on Equality and Inclusion in a Post-pandemic EU.
As Europe embarks on its path to rebuild a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe, this webinar looked at how the EU and its Member States can tackle growing inequalities and what needs to happen, in the wake of the pandemic, to create a more inclusive, diverse and engaged society.
Date: Thursday, 21 October
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm Irish Time
Massimiliano Mascherini, Eurofound’s Head of Social Policies
Ana Carla Pereira, Employment and Social Advisor to European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit
Dr. Shana Cohen, Director of TASC – Ireland’s Think Tank for Social Change
Moderator: Maria Jepsen, Deputy Director Eurofound
Drawing on Eurofound’s recent EU-wide survey on Living, working and COVID-19, Massimiliano shared insights about how inequalities have increased during COVID-19 and how certain groups such as women, young people, people with disabilities, and the situation of migrants have been particularly affected;
Shana focused on the specific challenges facing the most vulnerable groups and how leaders, civil society, social partners and policy makers must redouble their efforts as Europe emerges from the pandemic;
And Ana Carla explored the role of the EU’s recovery plan in mitigating the economic and social impact of the pandemic.
The panellists provided a brief introduction followed by a discussion and Q&A.
Participants were invited to submit their questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The key points of discussion and the issues raised by participants during the webinar were uploaded to the Conference on the Future of Europe’s digital platform after the event.