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Social Summit


Porto, Portugal © Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Pedro Sá da Bandeira

High-Level Conference

7 May | Porto

Local time



14h00 - 14h20 | Opening session

  • Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa
  • President of the European Comission, Ursula von der Leyen



14h20 - 14h40 | From Gothenburg to Porto

  • Interview with the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, and the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis



14h40 - 14h55 | Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

  • Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit



15h00 - 17h00 | Workshops (in parallel)


  1. Work and employment
  • Moderator: Fernanda Gabriel
  • Opening speeches: Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO
  1. Skills and innovation
  • Moderator: Andrea Bonanni
  • Opening speeches: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD
  1. Welfare state and social protection
  • Moderator: Martin Sandbu
  • Opening speeches: Bea Cantillon, Full Professor, University of Antwerp


Learn more on this workshops here



17h15-18h30 | Closing session


Speeches from social partners and civil society:

  • European Trade Union Confederation
  • Business Europe
  • SGIEurope
  • SMEUnited
  • Social Platform


Remarks by:

  • President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli
  • President of the European Council, Charles Michel
  • President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
  • Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa


Presentation of the results of the High-Level Conference

Video presentation “Future in the Making”



18h40 | Press Conference