Social Protection in the 21st century: Exploring new practices in delivering social protection - Task Force meeting

19 March 2019

The third meeting of the EPC Task Force on “Social protection in the 21st century” discussed the emergence of new delivery models of social protection and the role of social dialogue in representing the interests of workers not covered by traditional forms of employment. It brought to the same table a variety of actors, including trade unionists, and representatives of employment agency, insurance company,  digital platform, and cooperative.  The diversity of participants ensured a fruitful debate that highlighted how different actors are trying to address the low social protection coverage faced by the workers taking part in new forms of work. Risk-sharing and collective action emerged as influential ideas that can help close the existing gaps in social protection. However, some participants also highlighted the risks that new practices in the delivery of social protection would pose for the European social fabric.

Speakers included: Sarah de Heusch, Project Officer for the Development & Strategy Unit, Smart; Michael Freytag, European Public Affairs Manager, World Employment Confederation; Stefan Kroepfl, Global Head of Life Business Analysis, Zurich Insurance; Sara Rinaudo, National Secretary, Fismic; Laurin Sepoetro, Senior Associate EU Public Policy, UBER. The discussion with the other participants was kicked off by Herwig Immervoll, Head of Employment-oriented Social Policies, OECD. The event was moderated by Claire Dhéret, Head of Programme, Social Europe & Well-being, European Policy Centre.