Looking towards the Future of Work –
an exploration of the current status and Trends on Digitalization, Services and Retailing

Looking towards the Future of Work

Why is this conversation important?

The Gig economy and the freelance movement have been billed as bringing much-needed disruption to the labour markets across Europe, as well as giving more choice and control to individuals.

Let’s look at some facts first: out of all SMEs, 93,1% are Micro Businesses, 60% of which are OPCs (One Person Companies). Also, in 2021, 13% of employed people aged between 20-64 years in the EU were self-employed. Hence, the OPCs and the self-employed represent over 20% of employment in Europe.

The trend has been fueled by the pandemic and the rise of remote work. At the same time, due to COVID-19, the self-employed and OPCs in particular have been disproportionately economically affected. When it comes to helping them, there is not enough exchange with their representatives at EU level, in addition to lack of suitable contact points.

With this summit, under the patronage of Angelika Winzig MEP and Maria Grapini MEP, we are going to focus on how can entrepreneurship be better promoted (with emphasis on the self-employed and OPCs). Moreover, we will discuss the impact of the coming critical months on entrepreneurs, digitization, and future of work, as well as look at the "classic" branch of retailing.

Meet our interlocutors

Angelika Winzig MEP Chair SME Intergroup and Vice President of SME Europe
Maria Grapini MEP Vice-Chair of the IMCO Committee
Horst Heitz Chair of the Steering Committee with SME Connect
Michael Jäger Secretary General of Taxpayers of Europe and CEO of the European Economic Senate
Laure Alexandre Executive Director of the EU Direct Selling Association (Seldia)
Johann Svane Jensen Head of Policy with Danish Entrepreneurs
Gori Yahaya CEO and Founder of UpSkill Digital
Lucia Colnikova Head of the League for Digital Boost Initiative at SAPIE
Benoit Haecker Country Director for France and Belgium with Herbalife Nutrition
Thanos Moysiadis EU Policy Director with Uber

Agenda

  • 6:15 PM
    WELCOME

    Angelika Winzig MEP Chair of the SME Intergroup in the European Parliament,
    Vice-President of SME Europe
    Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
    Maria Grapini MEP Vice-Chair of the IMCO Committee
    Co-Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
  • 6:30 PM
    PANEL I

    HOW TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SELF-EMPLOYMENT

    Michael Jäger Secretary General of Taxpayers of Europe and CEO of the European Economic Senate
    Laure Alexandre Executive Director of the EU Direct Selling Association (Seldia)
    Benoit Haecker Country Director for France and Belgium with Herbalife Nutrition
    Johann Svane Jensen Head of Policy with Danish Entrepreneurs
    Gori Yahaya CEO and Founder of UpSkill Digital
    Moderated by
    Horst Heitz
    Chair of the Steering Committee with SME Connect
  • 8 PM
    NETWORKING RECEPTION AND WORKING DINNER

    Entrepreneurship in challenging times: what to expect from upcoming months

    Statement by
    Angelika Winzig MEP
    Chair of the SME Intergroup in the European Parliament,
    Vice-President of SME Europe
    Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
    Statement by
    Maria Grapini MEP
    Vice-Chair of the IMCO Committee
    Co-Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
  • 18 OCT 2022 - 8:30 AM
    WORKING BREAKFAST

    A CHAT WITH POLITICS

    Welcome by
    Maria Grapini MEP
    Vice-Chair of the IMCO Committee
    Co-Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
    "FUTURE OF WORK – FUTURE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
    WHAT WILL CHANGE AND WHAT WILL STAY" -
    Keynote by
    Thanos Moysiadis
    EU Policy Director with Uber
    "Model Project: League for Digital Boost" -
    Keynote by
    Lucia Colnikova
    Head of the League for Digital Boost Initiative at SAPIE
  • 10:45 AM
    PANEL II

    Digital Transformation and new business tools –
    Challenges and Chances for Self-Employment and One-Person Companies

    Gori Yahaya CEO and Founder of UpSkill Digital
    Benoit Haecker Country Director for France and Belgium with Herbalife Nutrition
    Johann Svane Jensen Head of Policy with Danish Entrepreneurs
    Lucia Colnikova Head of the League for Digital Boost Initiative at SAPIE
    Thanos Moysiadis EU Policy Director with Uber
    Moderated by
    Horst Heitz
    Chair of the Steering Committee with SME Connect
  • 1 PM
    LUNCH

    A CHAT WITH POLITICS

    Statement by
    Angelika Winzig MEP
    Chair of the SME Intergroup in the European Parliament,
    Vice-President of SME Europe
    Chair of the SME Connect Initiative for Self-Employment and One-Person-Companies
  • 2 PM
    CLOSING

    Horst Heitz Chair of the Steering Committee with SME Connect

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