FAFCE participation to the 2020 Economic Forum


FAFCE is happy to be this year again among the partners of the Economic Forum, that will be held on the 8-10 September 2020 in Karpacz (Poland).

On the 9 September 2020, FAFCE will co-organise a panel  on “Work & Family Welfare: burden for enterprises or engine of productivity?” (13:00-14:00)

Work and family life are inextricably linked. State and corporate welfare services can be considered as a new form of compensation, convenient for enterprises, for employees and for the society at large. Together, it is urgent to seize this crisis as an opportunity to rethink about the relationships between work and family life, in the light of the demographic challenges currently discussed at the EU level and of the necessary recovery policies debated after the pandemic.

Invited speakers:

  • Nicola Speranza, Secretary General, Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), Belgium (moderator)
  • Marek Kosny, Vice-Dean of Faculty of Economics and Finance, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland
  • Marlena Malag, Minister, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Poland
  • Vincenzo Bassi, President, Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe FAFCE, Italy
  • Mateja Ribic, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia

The same day, our President will also intervene in the plenary session dedicated to “Europe After Pandemic: Solidarity, Liberty, Community?” (15:30 – 16:45)

Europe, a continent based on a community of nations and values, is still facing new challenges – a migration crisis, a financial breakdown, a pandemic. These threats are challenging state leaders and require solidarity. Are the values which formed the basis of the Polish Solidarity movement, thanks to which it was possible to peacefully overthrow communism on the Old Continent, still valid? Is it possible to ensure security and economic development based on the fundamental values of solidarity, freedom and community? In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, can the Old Continent still be united?

Invited speakers:

  • Luca Steinmann, Geopolitical Analyst – Journalist, Limes, Italian Review of Geopolitics, Italy (moderator)
  • Markus Meckel, Former Vicepresident of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Germany
  • Piotr Glinski, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland
  • Vincenzo Bassi, President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE)
  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, leader of the Belarusian opposition, Belarus

FAFCE participates for the second consecutive year to the Forum. The Economic Forum is a well established and recognised project of the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies, active in the field of co-operation among European countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. The Forum is a debate platform for guests representing civil society, local and regional community circles, political representatives, business world and groups of experts at the European and international level. Its mission is to create a favorable climate for the development of political and economic cooperation between EU member states and their neighbours. More info