Building the Progressive Future Together


18 October 2017


The Square, Glass Entrance, Mont des Arts, Brussels

The future of Europe is in our hands! It’s time to protect our people from crises, uncertainty and lies!

On 18-19 October we were joined by the entire progressive family for an event that was aimed to shape the future of Europe. During these two days we talked, but we also listened to what you had to say, to take into account your proposals so that together we can shape our progressive agenda for the upcoming years.

We narrowed down all our priorities and initiatives into seven topics which need to be addressed in order to start making the European Union a better home for us all. We could count on your input, so each of you played a part in shaping our common future. We also selected the best comment for each topic as our Together Ambassador, to debate live with our MEPs, European Commissioners, academics and intellectuals.

Defending and strengthening democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Europe

Looking ahead: Sustainable development and the social dimension

Financial Solutions for a New Budget and a New Europe

Asylum and Migration: Solidarity and Real Solutions

A stronger European Union in a changing world

Does Africa still need Europe?

Putting social rights at the core of our Union


It was a great experience and the journey goes on! Continue debating with us and being engaged. We count on you to build our progressive future TOGETHER!


Day 1, Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Venue: The Square “Golden Hall”, Brussels




Gianni PITTELLA, President of the S&D Group
Sergei STANISHEV, President of the PES

17:15 – 17:30
opening address

“A Stronger European Union in a Changing World” | Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission


“Reinventing the Left” | Sir Paul COLLIER, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Oxford University
“Post-Migration Societies” | Dr. Naika FOROUTAN, Professor of Social Sciences at Humboldt-University Berlin
“The Future of the Left and the New Global Order” | Paul MASON, Award Winning British Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Questions & Answers session


Pedro SÁNCHEZ, Secretary General of the PSOE, Spain
Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the European Commission
, Mayor of Charleroi, Belgium
Tuulia PITKÄNEN, Secretary General of the Young European Socialists

Questions & Answers session

Presentation of Together ambassadors and closing REMARKS



Day 2, Thursday, 19 October 2017

Venue: The Square, Brussels

09:00 Registration

09:30 – 09:45 Opening by S&D Group Vice-Presidents Tanja FAJON and Jeppe KOFOD and S&D Group Treasurer Péter NIEDERMÜLLER

09:50-11:30 Parallel Workshops

  • Defending and strengthening democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Europe

Chaired by: Josef WEIDENHOLZER, S&D Group Vice-President

Speakers: Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the European Commission

Victor NEGRESCU, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Romania

Barbara NOWACKA, Poland

Michele NICOLETTI, Socialist Chair, Council of Europe

Maria FREITAS, FEPS Advisor

Aurelien MAZUY, Rainbow Rose

Kata TUTTÖ, Member of the Party of European Socialists’ Group in the Committee of the Regions (invited)

Ilona SORRI, School of Democracy

Presilia MPANU-MPANU, School of Democracy

Ana FABIJANCIC, School of Democracy

Amine CHAFIK, school of Democracy

Emir DAIC, School of Democracy

Brian O’REILLY,  School of Democracy

Together Ambassador: Teresa VAZQUEZ LOPEZ, Spain

  • Our economy must radically change

Chaired by: S&D Group Vice-Presidents Kathleen VAN BREMPT and Udo BULLMANN


Maros SEFCOVIC,  Vice-President of the European Commission

Conny REUTER,  SOLIDAR Secretary General

Matthieu MEAULLE, ETUC Policy advisor

Together Ambassador:  Jimmy VIEUX, France

Participants: Adriana COZANU and Alisa TROJANSKY from School of Democracy


  • Financial solutions for a new budget and a new Europe

Chaired by: Isabelle THOMAS, S&D Group Vice-President

Speakers: Ivailo KALFIN, Member of the High Level Group on Own Resources, former MEP and MFF 2014-2020 rapporteur, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social policy

Heikki PATOMÄKI, Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Member of the Progressive Economy Scientific Board

Together Ambassador: Zafeiris SIDIROPOULOS, Greece

  • Asylum and migration: Solidarity and Real Solutions

Chaired by: Tanja FAJON and Elena VALENCIANO, S&D Group Vice-Presidents

Moderator: Katrina SICHEL


GIULIO DI BLASI, Member of Cabinet HR/VP – European Commission

Berta FERNANDEZ – Senior Programme Manager at IOM Regional Office in Brussels

Soraya RODRIGUEZ, MP for Socialist Party in Spain (PSOE), and Member of PACE

Iverna MCGOWAN– Amnesty International, Head of European Institutions Office and Advocacy Director

Hedwig GIUSTO, FEPS Senior Policy Advisor

Lisa PELLING – Chief Analyst at Arena Idea, author of “Why the left should be open to open borders”

Together Ambassador: Anton STOYANOV, Bulgaria


  • A stronger European Union in a changing world

Chaired by: Jeppe KOFOD and Victor BOŞTINARU, S&D Group Vice-Presidents


Arancha GONZALEZ, International Trade Centre Executive Director:  EU and multilateralism

Bernd LANGE, presentation on a Model Labour Chapter for EU trade agreements

Anna SUNDSTROM, Secretary General, Olof Palme International Center, Stockholm

Igor PIMENOV, MP, Latvia, Social-Democratic CONCORD Party; EU Eastern Neighborhood


Nicola PEDDE, Director of Institute for Global Studies, Rome; EU Southern Neighborhood

Together Ambassador: Hannah HOEHN, Germany

  • Does Africa still need Europe?

Chaired by: Gianni PITTELLA, S&D Group President

Nikolas PAPADOPOULOS, DIKO President and Cyprus Presidential candidate
Ernst STETTER, FEPS Secretary General

Gerry SALOLE, CEO European Foundation Centre

Ajay BRAMDEO, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the European Union

Fabrizia PANZETTI, Head of Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs (invited)

Kasper VANPOUCKE, YES Vice-President


Adam JOGEE, School of Democracy

Presilia MPANU-MPANU, School of Democracy


Together Ambassador: Ilaria BELLACCI, Italy

  • Putting social rights at the core of our Union

Chaired by: Maria João RODRIGUES, S&D Group Vice-President

Speakers: Nicolas SCHMIT, Minister in the Luxembourg Government

Esther LYNCH, ETUC (invited)

Jovana MAJSTOROVIC, YES Vice-President

Olga ZRIHEN, Member of the Walloon Parliament

Zita GURMAI, PES Women President

Laeticia THISSEN

Horst DREIMANN, Secretary General of European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB)

Together Ambassador: Lorenzo AMMIRATI, Italy


11:40-12:10       Keynote speech by Jeremy CORBYN, Leader of the UK Labour Party
Q&A session

12:10 – 12.30  Conclusions by Gianni PITTELLA, President of the S&D Group and Adoption of the final “TOGETHER” Statements

                        “Let’s act TOGETHER!” – Joined by Progressive Prime Ministers & Party Leaders


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