Multiplier event: “New forms of education, labour and social security”, Athens, April 24th 2017

Multiplier event: “New forms of education, labour and social security”, Athens, April 24th 2017
(Athens Bar Association, 60 Akadimias Str. Athens, Greece)
Background and purpose of the event

The event aims to explore the interaction between labour markets and the social security system. In contemporary societies, labour markets are in constant change through new forms of work such as virtual work, B&B, Uber, working platforms etc. Contrary to the constantly changing nature of the labour market the social security system tends to be rigid and inflexible with limited ability to respond to challenges other than the ones it was founded on (eg unemployment, disability, sickness etc). The event aims to address a two-fold question: on the one hand, how does the social security system need to reinvent itself to respond to new forms of labour and accommodate new evolutions? And secondly, what kind of challenges and opportunities does this entail for social security education?

17:00-17:30 Welcome addresses

Xenophon Contiades, Professor, Panteion University, Chairperson of the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation

Paul Schoukens, Secretary General of the European Institute of Social Security, Project Manager of the EFESE project
Panel discussion

17:30 – 17:50
“New forms of work and social security: the experience of EU countries”
Paul Schoukens, Professor of Social Security Law, KU Leuven, Secretary General of the European Institute of Social Security

17:50 – 18:10
“New forms of work, informal work and challenges for the Greek labour market”
Kostas Papadimitriou, Professor of Labour Law, University of Athens, Member of the academic network European Labour Law Network, of the Odysseus migration network and the Network on Free Movement of Workers

18:10 – 18:30
“Evolutions in social security systems in a changing labour market: towards individualisation of social security?”
Grega Strban, Professor of Social Security Law, University of Ljubljana

18:30 – 18:45
“The impact of digitisation on Social Security – process improvement or paradigm shift?”
Chris Gibbon, Independent Consultant and Visiting Lecturer, KU Leuven

18:45 – 19:00
“Virtual work in higher education: a case study in social security education”
Dr. Maria Lucero, EFESE project

19:00 – 19:20
“How can social security systems reinvent themselves to address these challenges?”
Christos Morfakidis, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Administration and Political Science, Democritus University of Thrace

19:20-20:00 Discussion