12th June 2020
15:00 - 16:00
Leave no one behind in this health crisis is one of the main goals of the European Greens. To ensure it, we need a real social Union that puts health and social equality at the heart of our society. This session wants to reflect on different issues such as the fact that crisis can be a momentum for changing our economy, how we can rethink the EU as a Union of social rights and solidarity, how do we build a fair and just ecological transformation, and which can be the role of the Green New Deal to face social and climate justice. The discussion will be held among experts, civil society organisation and decision makers.
Dr Albena Azmanova, Associate Professor of Politics, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies
Albena Azmanova is an academic, author and commentator. Her research, teaching and consultancy work focus on democratic theory, social justice and global capitalism. She is educated in Bulgaria, France and the United States, and has worked as a policy advisor for a number of international institutions. Her latest book Capitalism on Edge (Columbia University Press, 2020) articulates a path for aligning the social justice agenda with that of environmental justice.
Personal website: www.azmanova.com
Ernest Urtasun, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group
Ernest Urtasun, Barcelona January 27, 1982.
Worked as a European Parliamentary Assistant, in 2010 joined the Diplomatic Corps having different responsibilities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Spain and abroad, from 2011 to 2014 was Diplomatic Advisor to the Secretary General of the UpM - Union for the Mediterranean.
In 2014 was head of Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds' list to the European Parliament elections and elected MEP. In 2019 is reelected MEP as candidate for Catalunya en Comú, party of the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
Is presently vice-president of Greens/EFA Political Group, member of the Parliamentary Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs, on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Is also member of the Delegation for relations with Iran and substitute of the Delegations relations with the Arab Peninsula and to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Before being elected as Confederal Secretary at the ETUC’s May 2019 Congress, Ludovic Voet was national youth leader of the Belgian union CSC from 2015. Ludovic’s responsibilities at the ETUC cover sustainable development and climate change, migration, youth policy, non-standard work and the platform economy, education and training, and equality and non-discrimination, plus organising. From 2006 to 2011 he was active in the Federation of Francophone Students (FEF), helping to mobilise other students to take collective action. He took part in the campaigns that led to a reduction in higher education costs in the French part of Belgium in 2010.
Katrin Langensiepen, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group
Katrin Langensiepen was elected in the European Parliament in 2019 and is part of the Greens/EFA Group. As the only woman with a visible disability in the Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs she fights for a social and inclusive Europe. Born in 1979 in Hannover (Germany) she previously worked as councillor in Hannover for Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen and was a speaker for social affairs and her parties working group for people with disabilities.
Rutger Groot Wassink, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam (responsible for Social Affairs, Social Affairs, Democratisation and Diversity)
October 2015 - 15 May 2018: Policy advisor energy saving, Woonbond
January 2015 - September 2015: Policy advisor, patient federation NPCF
July 2014 - January 2015: Policy advisor for work and income, GroenLinks, House of Representatives
January 2013 - December 2013: General political advisor to Bram van Ojik (Group chairperson GroenLinks in the House of Representatives)
July 2011 - January 2013: Chief of policy & strategy, GroenLinks, House of Representatives
January 2009 - July 2011: Policy advisor labour market policy and social security, FNV- vakcentrale (FNV trade union)
2004 - 2009: Policy advisor, FNV-Jong (FNV trade union – youth)
Vula Tsetsi, Committee Member, European Green Party
Vula Tsetsi was elected to the Committee of the EGP in November 2019. In her mandate as Committee member, she is notably responsible for liaising with the EGP Southern Member Parties.
She is since 2004 the Secretary-General of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and she has also been active with the Greens in Greece for many years.
She is dedicated to reinforcing the cooperation between the European Green family organisations, including the Green European Foundation, the Greens/EFA Group, and the Federation of Young European Greens.