Social protection and the EU Social Market Economy Model

Identifying current and future challenges

High-level panel - Auditorium
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
14:30 to 16:00

This session will seek to present the European Social Model as it has developed and currently functions, exploring how it can be used to promote higher standards globally, in the context of the Universal Social Protection Initiative, decent work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session will also consider current and future challenges to the European Model, and their relevance for the global dimension.

Organised by


Patrick Develtere
Principal Advisor
European Commission
Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Laureate
Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
Lourence Balatbat
Young Leader - Philippines
Marianne Thyssen
EU Commissioner, Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
European Comission
Bea Cantillon
University of Antwerp - Centre for Social Policy Herman Decleeck