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New European Social Contract

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26 February 2019 6PM

The new EUNIC Brussels conference cycle questioning the future of Europe

 

Building on EUNIC Brussels previous initiatives “European Angst” and “Sweating for Europe”, the project, made of 4 panel discussions, has the ambition to rethink a social contract which would take into account the peculiarities of our world today. The third panel of the cycle entitled rethinking our welfare state will take place on February 26th at 6pm at the House of European History.

The panel discussions aim to look to the future of Europe, using concepts of “protection” and “care” as a basis. The ambition of the project is to rethink the social contract, so that it no longer relies on the relationship between citizens and the state but goes beyond this by taking into account the different dimensions of life today and the crucial issues citizens are facing: security concerns versus personal privacy, of the Welfare state and social rights, building an inclusive society that goes beyond divisions, care for the aging population, opportunities for the next generation, and preservation of natural environment. These issues have begun to be addressed at the European level: the 2018 European parliamentary agenda aims to “deliver new and more effective rights for citizens. It appears thus, of great importance to further enable discussions with academics and practitioners in order to bring a critical and well-informed opinion to a wider audience.

About EUNIC Brussels and its previous initiatives

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), founded in 2006, is a network of European official cultural institutes gathered to develop joint projects on diverse cultural areas. Partner of the European Commission in defining and implementing European cultural policy, EUNIC has turned into a global network with 36 members and more than 100 clusters. EUNIC’s aim is to create effective partnerships between cultural organisations, to improve and promote European cultural diversity, and to strengthen international dialogue and co-operation within and outside Europe.

EUNIC Brussels, the cluster made up of the European cultural institutes based in Brussels, has developed annual discussions to reflect on the challenges Europe is facing nowadays. Launched with “European Angst” event that successfully highlighted the different aspects of the current political climate such as populism, Euroscepticism, globalization, nationalism, radicalization…, Europe’s future has concretely become a central topic of EUNIC Brussels’ reflection. “Sweating for Europe” then tried to bring a new hope for Europe by restoring a human dimension to political dialogue as well as bringing people together and reinforcing a common sense of belonging among Europeans.

 

 

Rethinking our Welfare State

26 February 2019 at 6PM

At the House of European History

 

With the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, laws were progressively implemented to protect the labour class. Two centuries later, it is reasonable to wonder about the future of our Welfare State system. Will our social rights be preserved in the future? What about our growing elderly population: will they be treated with care and dignity? And what about the young generation? With the aging population in Europe, who will finance the welfare states? What about innovative forms for providing care for the weakest, such as social enterprise?

 

THE SPEAKERS

DÁVID J. SZABÓ

Dávid J. Szabó is the Director of Research at the Századvég Foundation.

DEMOS HELSINKI

Demos Helsinki is an independent think tank specialised on societal problems and challenges.

CHIARA SARACENO

Chiara Saraceno is an Italian sociologist and philosopher specialised on Welfare States studies.

THE MODERATOR

KARL VAN DEN BROECK

Karl van den Broeck is a Belgian journalist and essayist. In charge of the Culture column for the Belgian daily De Morgen for twenty years then editor-in-chief of Knack for six years, he is now the editor-in-chief of the news website Apache.be and a conference and debate organiser at BOZAR.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Where?

At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Tuesday, February 26th 2019 at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

Entrance upon registration only.

Register here:https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/for-a-new-european-social-contract-tickets-50730145230

 

 

"For a New European Social Contract" is an initiative led by EUNIC Brussels of which are part the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Brüksel, the British Council in Belgium, the Instituto Cervantes Bruselas, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. In partnership with the House of European History and the Alumni Association of the College of Europe.

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FEATURED EVENTS

Feb 23.
- Feb 23.
Masterclass Klára Würtz
Auditorium Maene, 37 Rue de l’Argonne, 1060 Bruxelles
Feb 26.
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FOR A NEW EUROPEAN SOCIAL CONTRACT
At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels
Mar 01.
- Mar 01.
#2020 Troubadours – press conference
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
Mar 01.
- Mar 01.
Anima Festival: Another Day of Life
Studio 4 - Flagey, Place Saint-Croix, 1050 Brussels
Mar 05.
- Mar 05.
The Historical and Cultural Heritage of Hungarians in Vojvodina
Balassi Intézet, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brüsszel
Mar 06.
- Mar 06.
Anima Festival: Ruben Brandt, Collector
Flagey, Place Saint-Croix, 1050 Brussels
Mar 12.
- Mar 12.
The invisible light of young stars
Balassi Institute - Treurenberg 10

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