Progressive Economy Annual Forum 2015 - Sustainable Development : The Challenges of Transition

This year's Forum will be held on 3 June 2015 from 14.30 to 18.00 in the 4Q2 room of the European Parliament. Our focus this year is sustainable growth. We will discuss the challenges posed by the transition to sustainable growth and to quality jobs.

The forum will be opened by S&D President Gianni Pittella who will also award the four winners of the Call for Paper.

Professor Thomas Piketty will deliver a keynote speech on public debt, taxation and inequality in Europe. Professor Thomas Piketty, author of numerous articles published in the most important economic journals of the world and of a dozen books, has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development and the distribution of income and wealth. He is the initiator of the recent literature on the long run evolution of top income shares in national income and the author of "Capital in the 21st century".

A high-level panel will then discuss the main theme of the forum. Consuming our resources responsibly has become an inescapable necessity. The challenges of expanding resource supply to meet future demand – whilst avoiding irreversible damage to our planet and devastating climate change - are unique. The added value of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, minimising energy and water waste, improving low-carbon mobility, and providing incentives to move to more sustainable and long-term resilient business models is evident - and yet, our economies are still largely linear and geared towards unsustainable growth.

Attaining sustainable growth will mean changing opportunities in the labour market: potentially more jobs – but different. This requires a new social model to ensure that we can make the transition in a fair way, creating quality jobs.

Registration deadline : Monday 1 June 2015 at 12:00

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