PLENARY: Go Green Go Social: Challenges and Pathways for a Socially Just Transition in Poland and the EU [EN/PL]

July 15, 2022 from 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm


The war in Ukraine and changes in the post-Covid globalised economy have made the need for transition ever-clearer and ever more urgent. In the face of inevitable transformation, how can societies transition from extractive-based models while empowering workers and communities in the process? And what are the important alliances and coalitions that need to be forged in the process?   

Drawing on lessons from Poland, Spain and Europe, this session will explore the pathways, strategies, and opportunities for a just transition, reflecting on the role of the EU both as a platform for exchange and a catalyst for transformation. 


  • Benedetta De Marte

Benedetta has been elected as Secretary General of the European Green Party in 2022. She is originally from Milan, Italy but lives in Belgium where she is is a local councillor in the municipality of Brussels City. Benedetta De Marte has a background in International Relations and has been working within the European Green Family both in the EGP and in the Green Group in the European Parliament for around ten years.



  • Kalina Arabadjieva

Kalina is a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, working primarily in the spheres of gender equality and just transition. She has a PhD in labour law and human rights, and her work focuses primarily on the interfaces between labour law and environmental law, the role of social rights in just transition, and EU law and policies promoting gender equality. She is also interested in feminist perspectives on the green transition, and LGBTIQA+ rights.


  • Sonia Buchholtz

Doctor of Economics, Assistant Professor at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Expert in macroeconomics, labour market and public policy evaluation with a strong analytical background. Author and co-author of publications in this area, participant of international research and policymaking projects. In the past, associated, i.a. with the third sector, recently worked as chief economist of the employer organisation.



  • Ana Belén Sánchez (online)

Ana Belén Sánchez is an agricultural engineer with a Master’s degree in renewable energies and the energy market from the School of Industrial Organization and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of London. She is currently an advisor at the Just Transition Institute at the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. Previously, she worked as coordinator of the Spanish Philanthropy for Climate Initiative. Before, she worked as a green jobs specialist for the International Labour Organization (ILO) for Latin America and the Caribbean based in Mexico. She was Coordinator of the sustainability department of Fundación Alternativas and is a regular collaborator of the ILO Training Center in Turin (Italy).

  • Urszula Zielińska, Partia Zieloni 


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