The first Annual Vision Europe Summit

"Welfare state - pRoblem or solution?
took place on 17/18 November 2015
in Berlin

9:00 a.m.: Introduction.  Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

9:15 a.m.: Setting the scence - financial, economic and societal challenges for welfare states in Europe. Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

9:45 a.m. Discussion of survey results: Welfare state reforms - mapping citizens' opinion. Chair: Piero Gastaldo, Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo

Panellists: Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament

Rainer Münz, Social Affairs Advisor, European Political Strategy Centre,
European Commission

Paul Spicker, Professor of Public Policy, University of Abderdeen

10:30 a.m.: Short statements by authors on main recommendations of policy briefs

Frank Vandenbroucke, Advisor for Social Affairs, Jacques Delors Institute
Guntram Wolff, Director, Bruegel
Eeva Hellström, Senior Lead Strategy, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

10:45 a.m.     Break

Round Tables under the Chatham House Rule

2:00 p.m.: Panel discussion: The political economy of welfare state reforms – ways towards the implementation of round table suggestions. Chair: Eric Thode, Director, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Panellists: Thomas Fatome, Director, Sécurité Sociale France

Maria Jepsen, Director of Research Department, European Trade Union Institute

Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity, Luxembourg

3:30 p.m.: Coffee Break

4:00 p.m.: Presentation of the summit declaration. Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

4:15 p.m.: Responses to the summit declaration: The EU’s and member states’ role in the provision of sustainable well-being.

Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance

Stefaan Hermans, Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, European Commission

Agnes Jongerius, Member of the European Parliament

5:00 p.m.: Closing remarks. Artur Santos Silva, President, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation