Tuesday, 26 November, 2013

For the second time and just two weeks after the European Commission, the Progressive Economy* will present  its alternative forecasts and economic policy recommendations  during a two-day conference to be held 4 and 5 December in Brussels.
On this occasion, S&D Group leader Hannes Swoboda and progressive members of national Parliaments and of the European Parliament will open a critical debate Europe’s economic future with Commissioner Olli Rehn Wednesday 4 December in the afternoon.
The entire conference will be web streamed on the S&D group website.
The 2014 Independent annual growth survey (IAGS) will provide analysis, forecasts and policy recommendations on macro-economic perspectives, rising inequalities in Labour market, wage developments and proposals for the euro zone governance.
On Thursday morning, participants will discuss the role of tax policy in fighting inequalities and in supporting sustainable growth and jobs. Key speakers will include Xavier Harel, journalist and author of a TV documentary “Evasion fiscale – le hold up du siècle -  and Professor Thomas Piketty.
Paul Magnette Senator and President of the Belgian socialist party will conclude the conference.
The full programme of the Progressive economy conference is available here.

1st Annual Progressive Economy Parliamentary conference
European Parliament – Paul-henry Spaak building
Room 3C050
4th of December 2013 from 14:30 to 17:30
5th of December 2013 from 9:00 to 12:30
More information:
Each year, several economic institutes (OFCE, IMK, ECLM) will publish an “Independent Annual Growth Survey” (iAGS), with an alternative set of analysis and recommendations alternatively to the European Commission’s own Annual Growth Survey, which now defines the EU’s and the Member States’ economic policy strategies. The first iAGS has been published by the three institutes in November 2012. Find out more here.

* The progressive Economy is an initiative of the S&D group in the European Parliament which aims to generate a truly public and informed debate on economic policy at European and national, as well as global levels.
Press contact: Solange Helin Villes  - Tel:+32 2 28 32147


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