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Breakfast meeting: SMEs and Family Welfare: a challenge for the future of Europe

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 08:00 - Tuesday, December 3, 2019 09:30
Where: European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Registration before the 28th of November 2019

This event is hosted by: MEP Lukas Mandl, EPP, Austria

According to a white paper prepared by a joint group of researchers, with the support of the Sallux Foundation, “Short-terminism is destroying values in our economy (Martin, 2015) and is undermining efforts to implement sustainable development policies (Lehner et al. 2016). Families have always trained their members to reach out for the long-term perspective, to think about in terms of generations cycles and to foresee beyond one’s own life horizon. Family firms are notoriously more prone to plan for the long-term business sustainability and this has in turn proven to coincide with higher economic performance (Anderson and Reeb, 2003; Sraer and Thesmar, 2007; Breton-Miller et al. 2006). On the other hand, there exists evidence that family troubles and brake-downs predict both higher risk taking and higher future time discounting (Hill et al 2008) in children”.
This breakfast meeting is built on these foundations, from the specific perspective of SMEs and with a focus on corporate welfare services, which can be considered as a new form of compensation, convenient for enterprises, for employees and for the society at large.
Nevertheless, these services are often unaffordable for SMEs and represent a real burden on a short-term economic perspective. Here is where public policies and the sharing of best practices at the EU level can offer solutions: in the midst of a concerning demographic change, this exchange becomes fundamental for the future of our Continent.  Two days after the start of the new European Commission, this is an excellent occasion to speak with clarity about these concrete challenges.


8.00 - 8.10 Opening address: Lukas Mandl, MEP (EPP, Austria)
8.10 - 8.20 Introductory remarks: Vincenzo Bassi, FAFCE President
8.20 - 8.30 Key-note speech: Paul Dembinski, University of Freiburg 
8.30 – 9.00 Inputs from: 
Clothilde Armand, MEP (RE, Romania) - TBC; 
HoU, European Commission - TBC; 
TBD, (S&D, Spain? …)

9.00 – 9.15 Exchange of views 

9.15 – 9.30 Final remarks Johannes de Jong, Sallux Director

Language: English

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