18 May 2021

POSTPONED: Solidarity in Crisis – Will the Pandemic Revive the EU’s Welfare Plans?

In this OED POLICY DEEP-DIVE, hosted by our partner institution the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) policymakers will be exploring the newest developments related to the EU’s Social Pillar.

This activity will be joined by national parliamentarians from across Europe and will be enriched by the input of Philippe Pochet, General Director at the European Trade Union Institute and Lorenza Antonucci, Associate Professor and Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham, who will substantiate the discussion with fresh insights on the subject. 

The activity will take place on 18 May 2021 from 04.00 till 06.00 pm (CEST). 

During the conversation, MPs will be able to share their own views and learn more about the following points:

  • What does the current re-prioritization of the social pillar initiative mean?
  • What effects may the pandemic have on the EU’s ideas about integrating welfare systems?
  • What are the different national positions on the subject? 



The OED120 Policy Deep-Dive format allows parliamentarians to receive a concise briefing, ask questions to an expert and discuss, with colleagues, a narrowly defined topic during a 120-minute video call. The OED provides professional facilitation to extract the most value out of the discussions. Policymakers get the chance to share their perspectives with their colleagues, while having topic expertise on hand for questions and clarifications. Topics are chosen as they emerge through other network activities as ripe for a more in-depth discussion, or they are suggested by members of the network, or flagged by the network of OED researchers and experts. MP network members can initiate these calls and volunteer their expertise on a topic of their choosing.


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