Philippe Lamberts Piotr Ostrowski Neil McInroy Corinna Zierold Chloé Ridel (chair)
The recent movements on the German political scene as well as the mood ahead of the EU Parliament elections stirred a fear of an anti-climate backlash fueled by citizens’ fear of declining living standards and led by the political forces advocating to put their respective countries first.
As such it poses a danger not only to EU’s cohesion and to the interests of less powerful countries of the EU (in a weaker position in confrontation with unmediated national egoisms of the more powerful countries), but also to EU’s competitiveness.
This is because both the EU’s strategic allies and rivals are investing heavily to become leaders in green technologies and position themselves on the top of the transforming value chains. In the face of Inflation Reduction Act Europe seems to have no choice but to come up with its own full blown industrial strategy, if it is to avoid losing best minds and investments leading the green transition to its partner across the Atlantic – the only alternative being further loosening of the rules of public aid which already privileges the EU countries with biggest fiscal and financial capacities, weakens the common market and deepens structural imbalances between the European North, East and South.
A genuine European Green Industrial Strategy safeguarded by new EU’s own resources could help Europe to achieve both aims at once: reducing the threat of the backlash by providing goodpaying, stable jobs seeding from EU’s money and increase EU’s competitiveness vis a vis green industrial strategies of the US, China and other rising superpowers.
How can this be done and how would the institutional infrastructure of the EU need to change to deliver it? And what kind of mechanisms of safeguarding political representation of lower income citizens, their communities and institutions (through unions, local governments and other forms of industrial and political democracy) we need to make the green transition process genuinely popular?
Co-President of The Greens/EFA Group, Member of the European Parliament
Belgian politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament during the VII, VIII, and IX terms. Educated as an engineer, he completed his studies at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1986. He worked as a manager at IBM from 1987. From 1996 to 2004, he served as a councilor in Anderlecht. Between 1999 and 2003, he held the position of advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Isabelle Durant on international relations and security. Philippe Lamberts is a Catholic and actively participates in the Taizé community gatherings.He is a member of the French-speaking Green Party Ecolo. From 2006 to 2012, he was the spokesperson for the European Green Party (initially sharing the role with Ulrike Lunacek, and from October 2009, with Monika Frassoni). In the 2009 elections, he obtained a seat in the European Parliament during the VII term. In the EP, he became a member of the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy, as well as the Greens/European Free Alliance group. In 2014, he successfully ran for re-election and became the co-president of the Green group in the VIII term of the EP (initially with Rebecca Harms and later with Ska Keller). In 2019, he retained his seat as a Member of the European Parliament for the IX term, continuing as co-president of the Green group.
Chairman of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ)
Polish sociologist, labor union activist, and Ph.D. in humanities. Since 2022, he has served as the Chairman of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions. He graduated from the University of Warsaw, where in 2008, he defended his doctoral dissertation titled “The Formation of Trade Unions in the Private Sector,” presenting a model for the creation of trade unions. Based on this research, a book with the same title was published in 2010. Until 2019, he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Since 2001, he has been a member of a labor union. While working in Warsaw construction markets, he co-founded the trade union organization OPZZ “Konfederacja Pracy” and was dismissed shortly after the union’s establishment. He served as the Director of the International Department of OPZZ and, from 2010, held positions as a member of the Presidium and Council of OPZZ. From 2018 to 2022, he was the Vice-Chairman of OPZZ.
Global Lead for Community Wealth Building at The Democracy Collaborative; Chair of Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS)
The Democracy Collaborative’s global lead for community wealth building. He has been involved in progressive economic and public policy for more than 25 years. Named as one of the most influential people in local government in the UK, Neil has collaborated with a range of local, regional, state and national governments across Europe, Asia, North America, and Australasia. He is presently a community wealth building adviser to the Scottish Government. For the past two decades, Neil has served as the CEO of the progressive “think and do” tank Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), based in Manchester, UK. Alongside a range of pioneering economic policy and practice work in UK and beyond, Neil was instrumental in leading the organizations activity on community wealth building (CWB). This included a critical role in the development of the “Preston model” and the subsequent advancement of a range of tools and expertise that has seen CWB grow in many locations across the UK. Neil has been a friend and partner of TDC for many years and now works closely with the TDC team, helping to refine and develop technical delivery, including deep-dive partnerships with several local and state governments in the US. He also assists with the wider global rollout of CWB.
Senior Policy Adviser, Head of Just Transition Coordination at IndustriAll Europe
Senior Policy Adviser specializing in Industrial Policy, Sustainable Development & Climate Change, Energy Policy, and the crucial concept of “Just Transition.” In her role as Head of Just Transition Coordination, she plays a key role in developing and coordinating policies related to these areas. IndustriAll European Trade Union is a federation of independent and democratic trade unions that represent both manual and non-manual workers across various sectors, including metal, chemical, energy, mining, textile, clothing, footwear, and related industries and activities. We represent the interests of 7 million workers who are part of 180 national trade union affiliates in 38 European countries.
Chloé Ridel (chair)
National spokesperson for the Socialist Party (France)
French civil servant and political activist with a specialization in European affairs. In 2023, she was appointed as the national spokesperson for the Socialist Party. After completing her baccalaureate at Alphonse-Daudet High School in Nîmes, she attended the Paris Institute of Political Studies, where she graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree in public affairs. During her studies in 2013, she completed an internship at the General Secretariat for European Affairs, under the authority of the Prime Minister. She then passed the entrance exam for the National School of Administration, where she joined the George Orwell promotion. During her education, she completed three internships: in 2015 at the office of the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs (then Pierre Moscovici), which taught her a lot about the balance of power in politics; then at the prefect’s office in Martinique, and finally at the Public Establishment for Defense Seine Arche (EPADESA) in 2016. After graduating from the National School of Administration in 2017, she joined the Ministry of the Economy, where she prepared meetings of economy ministers from European Union countries during the Brexit period. Subsequently, in 2019, she spent six months as an advisor in Bucharest, preparing for the Romanian presidency of the European Union Council. Upon her return to France, she served on the supervisory board of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and later returned to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In 2020, she joined the inter-ministerial delegation for corporate restructuring, where she worked as a rapporteur until 2022. In January 2018, she founded the association “Mieux Voter” (Better Voting), of which she became the president. The association aims to promote and popularize the majority judgment method among individuals, businesses, associations, and public institutions. In 2020, she co-founded the left-wing think tank Institut Rousseau with Nicolas Dufrêne. In August 2022, she published the book “D’une guerre à l’autre – L’Europe face à son destin” (Editions de l’Aube), which analyzes the “existential crisis” of the European model. This publication and its promotion contributed to her becoming a media personality.
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