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With the support of Oikos, GEF is hosting the concluding event of this year’s transnational project ‘A Green Transformation: Freedom & Security in Uncertain Times’ in Brussels to discuss radical changes to the labour market, the organisation of work and what Green solutions could be.
Companies presenting themselves as mere digital platforms, such as Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo, etc., are changing our economy in a rapid pace. These techno-economic disrupters not only change the way we produce or deliver services, but also lead to radical changes in the labour market, the availability and the organization of work. They question the existing regime of our national welfare states with a social security system build on full employment in stable and localized jobs.
The crucial question is how we will be able to re-embedded these new companies that tend to ignore legislation and deny the European social contract. This is more than an economic issue: more flexible and precarious jobs feed the growing insecurity in our society, which is a feeding ground for populists and national authoritarianism. So we need progressive answers that embrace the possibilities of digital platforms while at the same time empowering workers and their freedom and building new systems of social security.
13:00-13:10 Opening words (Aurélie Maréchal, Director Green European Foundation)
13:10-13:35 Keynote – The Need for a Green Transformation. Freedom and Security in Uncertain Times (Dirk Holemans, Director Oikos Denktank), followed by a Q&A
13:35-14:00 The Ethics of Things. Staying Human in the Robot Age (Jochanan Eynikel, Business philosopher Etion)
14:00-14:35 A Manifesto to Reform the Gig Economy (Antonio Aloisi, PhD candidate University of Milan)
14:35-15:10 Cabfair – We Can Do Better than Uber (Duncan McCann, New Economics Foundation)
15:10 coffee break
15:20-16:00 Panel debate –The European Dimension, moderated by Aurélie Maréchal
- Philippe Lamberts (MEP Greens/EFA)
- Frank Moreels (President European Transport Workers Federation)
16:00-16:45 Panel debate – The Future of New Economy
- Meyrem Almaci (President Groen party)
- Antonio Aloisi (University Milano)
- Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation)
16:45 Reception & Networking
Brussels, 1000 Belgium