Social Inequalities in Europe

Friday, June 20th, 2014 - The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece


Social inequalities have increased through the current economic crisis and they pose a considerable threat to social cohesion. Rising unemployment, particularly affecting the young generation, unequal access to education and health care, increasing poverty are some of the elements, among others, that will have far-reaching consequences on society wellbeing. The phenomenon of inequalities also raises tough questions on how our political systems at national and European level are able to reduce inequalities and improve social cohesion according to a European Social Model. Several research projects, funded under the Social Sciences and Humanities theme of the 7th Framework Programme have deepened this analysis highlighting the need for further debate and policies tackling the roots of inequalities.

The conference "Social Inequalities in Europe" presenting and building on evidence, findings and conclusions provided by these projects, will also debate on the social and political implications of rising inequalities opening the path towards new research and policy scenarios.

Rainbox Icon Message by Commissioner for Employment,Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor: [mp4], [mp2] 26-Ιου-2014
Speakers -
Jutta Allmendinger
Professor Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, PhD is president of the WZB (Social Science Center Berlin) and professor of sociology at the Humboldt University of Berlin as well as honorary professor of sociology at the Free University of Berlin.
Colin Crouch is a professor emeritus of the Universityof Warwick and external scientific member of the MaxPlanckInstitute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He isvice-president for social sciences of the British Academy.
Frank Vndenbroucke
Frank Vandenbroucke studied economics in Leuven and Cambridge, UK, and received his D.Phil. in Oxford. He was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government (1999-2004).
George Moschos
George Moschos, Deputy Ombudsman, Head of Children’s Rights Department. Born in Athens (1957), he has studied Law in Athens and Criminology (M.Phil) in London.
Janna Tsiganou
Dr Joanna Tsiganou is Director of Research at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), in Athens, Greece from 1994.She participated as leader, project manager and co-ordinator to more than 30 national and international competitive research projects.
John Yfantopoylos
John Yfantopoulos is Professor of Social Policy and Health Economics at the University of Athens, and ex. President of the National Centre for Social Research Athens, Greece.
Tatiana Κarabchuk is deputy Director of Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics. Associate Professor at the Dept of Economic Sociology at HSE.
Virginia Maestri
Virginia Maestri is currently a socio-economic analyst at DGEmployment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - European Commission. She works on poverty, inequality, social expenditure and taxation in the Social AnalysisUnit
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  • External Link: National Centre for Social Research
  • External Link: Panteion University