The European Employment Forum

An annual conference and exhibition focusing on the major social and economic issues surrounding employment and creating an effective discussion and meeting forum. 

The conference

European Employment Forum

The two-day conference features a broad international panel of speakers presenting current thinking and policy, with the European Commission Directorate Generals well represented. In addition, the event attracts a wide range of individuals, businesses, social partners and government policy makers from across the EU and beyond. Speakers confirmed to date for 2012 from the Commission:

Commissioner Laszlo Andor, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Pervenche Berès, MEP and Chair of the Employment & Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Joanna Drake, Director for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, DG Enterprise & Industry
Marko Curavic, Head of Unit, Entrepreneurship, DG Enterprise & Industry
Pascal Lejeune, Acting Head of Directorate for Youth & Sport, DG Education & Culture
David White, Honory Director General, European Commission

And from other organisations:

Sara Bervoets, International Relations Office, University of Antwerp
Mike Campbell, Director, Mike Campbell Associates
Maxime Cerutti, Director Social Affairs, Business Europe
Katy Chamberlain, CEO Chwarae Teg, Wales
Angela Constance, Scottish Minister for Youth Employment
Alison Crabb, Deputy Head of Unit, Vocational Training, Leonardo da Vinci, DG Education & Culture
Richard Dealtry, Chairman, Global Association of Corporate Universities & Enterprise Academies
Sarah Dekkiche, Project Manager, CSR Europe
Anton Eckersley, Director for Global Business, Ingeus Group 
David Fairhurst, Senior VP & Chief People Officer Europe, McDonald’s and UK Commissioner for Employment & Skills
Pat Glennon, Director, Athletes Career Programme
Bob Gibbs, Director, Research Works Group
Kevin Green, Chief Executive, REC
Veronique Haché, Communications Manager, Business & Society Belgium
Chris Hayes, Director Labour Market Strategies, DWP
Hefka Heder, Director, SEECEL
Patrick Itschert, Deputy General Secretary, ETUC
Vibeke Jensen
, Head of Employment Department, City of Aarhus, Denmark
Mark Keese, Head of Employment, Analysis and Policies Division, OECD
Finlay Laverty, Senior Head of Business Development, The Prince’s Trust Scotland
Isabella Lenarduzzi, Social Entrepreneur, JUMP, Brussels
Ed Mahood, Director, e-jobs Observatory
Robert Manchin, Chairman & MD, The Gallup Organisation
Andrea Mott, Presenter, Quadrant Media & Communications
Mirando Mrsic, Minister of Labour & Pensions, Croatia
Jan Muehlfeit,  Chairman, Microsoft, Europe
Gerhard Naegele,  Director of the Insitiute of Gerontology at TU Dortmund University
Miguel Peromingo, Executive Secretariat, WAPES 
Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary, CEEP
Peter Searle, Country Manager, Adecco UK and Adecco Executive Committee Member
Jacques Spelkens, Head of Department, Social Innovation, GDF
Donald Storrie, Head of Unit, Employment & Change, EUROFOUND
Raymond Torres, Director, Institute for International Labour Studies, ILO
Francesca Ungaro, Delegate of the UAEPMA President for Young Entrepreneurs
Luk Zelderloo, General Secretary, EASPD

The complete conference programme can be viewed by clicking here or by using the links on the left-hand menu. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish versions will be available.

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Central venue

The Forum now takes place in the newly-redesigned and refurbished SQUARE, in the centre of Brussels. This is the former Brussels Palais des Congrès, and is where the event (then called Employment Week) started many years ago.

SQUARE is ideally situated for easy access:

- Brussels International Airport just 17 minutes away by direct train shuttle to Brussels Central, the railway station directly opposite SQUARE - click for details about Brussels Airlines, our designated Official Travel Partner

- National and international high-speed rail connections from Brussels Central (;;

- 660 car parking spaces beneath SQUARE giving easy access to the building

- Many metro links, bus and tram stops nearby

Please put these 2012 dates in your diary:

27-28 November - European Employment Forum, SQUARE Brussels

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Advisory Committee

EU Commission - Advisory Committee member          Committee of the Regions - Advisory Committee member   Eurociett - Advisory Committee member    AMCHAM EU - Advisory Committee member     Gallup - Advisory Committee member     New Europe - Advisory Committee member      Bundesagentur für Arbeit - Advisory Committee member    CEEPIngeus - Advisory Committee member