Progressive Economy Annual Forum - Inequality: consequences for society, politics and people

Annual Progressive Economy Forum, 5-6 March 2014

Whilst Europe is still struggling to exit the crisis six years after the collapse of Lehman brothers, Nobel prize winner in economics Joseph Stiglitz and the socialist candidate-designate for the European Commission’s presidency Martin Schulz will present their vision for the future, during a high level Progressive Economy* conference, taking place on the 5th and 6th March in the European Parliament in Brussels.
The Progressive Economy Annual Forum 2014, titled “Inequality: consequences for society, politics and people” will gather S&D Euro MPs, academics, policy-makers, experts and other stakeholders from around the world. The entire forum is open to the public and the press.
The main sessions of the Conference, including the debate with Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Schulz, will be webstreamed on the Progressive Economy website:
Key speakers include :

Hannes Swoboda MEP;
Joseph E. Stiglitz;
Kate Pickett (University of York);
Jutta Urpilainen (Finnish Minister of Finance);
Jörg Asmussen (Secretary of state for Employment and social affairs);
Nicolas Schmit (Minister for Labour, Luxembourg, and coordinating Minister  for the PES Employment and Social Affairs Ministers);
 Jean-Paul Fitoussi (LUISS University of Rome);
 James K. Galbraith (University of Texas);
Patrick Itschert (Deputy Secretary general- ETUC);
Edouard Martin (former trade union representative );
Jill Rubery (Manchester University);
Emilie Turunen (MEP);
Martin Schulz MEP;
Peter Bofinger (University of Würburg);
Pervenche Berès (MEP and Chair of the Employment and Social affairs committee);
Elisa Ferreira (MEP);
Anni Podimata (MEP).
The President of the S&D Group and host of the forum Hannes Swoboda MEP said:

“This year, the Progressive Economy Annual Forum will focus on inequality. Beyond the dysfunctional behaviour of large parts of the financial sector, the crisis is rooted in rising inequality, now exacerbated by policies of severe austerity. Europe and the world have become less cohesive, less fair and more unstable. We want to stimulate and reinforce progressive ideas across the academic, political and wider audience, and translate them into action in the economic and social policies.
“The link between economic inequality and overall well-being is clear. But the issue of inequality is far wider than that. Inequality is not simply about poverty. It's about the failure to provide everyone with access to opportunities, to public services, to a work-life balance.”
The progressive economy Forum will in parallel hold academic sessions. On this occasion, the Chair of the Progressive economy board, Jean-Paul Fitoussi will announce on Thursday 6 March the winners of a call of papers launched in 2013 regarding the following main topics of research:
Alternatives to austerity;
Inequality and the crisis;
Reforming European economic governance;
Rethinking economic policy.

5-6 MARCH 2014
The full programme of the Forum is available here.

Progressive Economy is a new initiative launched in 2012 with a major objective: to generate a truly public and informed debate on economic and social policy at European and national, as well as global, levels and actively promote progressive thinking in these areas at academic and at political levels. Progressive Economy is a long-term initiative with a strategic vision of its contribution to progressive thinking and action, not a one-off event.
Find out more about the Progressive Economy initiative here.