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Sixth European Social Week
February 18 till 20, 2016, Doorn, The Netherlands

Previous Social Weeks

Bratislava, 2003: Perspectives -- The commitment of Christians and Christian Social Organisations in the construction of the European Union

Bad Honnef, 2000: Towards a European civil society -- Christian social visions

Brussels, 1997: Christian-Social Thought and Europe


Participating organisations

ACW, Belgium

EZA, Germany

KSI, Bad Honnef

MOC, Belgium

Semaines Sociales de France

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Commentaries on Europe

The End of Work as We Know It

1 Jul 2015 | Technology in the form of automation and digital intermediaries like Uber are fundamentally transforming the job market. Rather than try to stop the unstoppable, we should think about how to put this new reality at the service of our values and welfare.

Democracy Versus Growth?

24 Apr 2015 | Europe’s ongoing malaise has reignited the old debate over which form of government produces better economic performance. Are authoritarian regimes, with their ability to ram through unpopular choices, more effective at generating growth, or does liberal democracy, with its built in checks and balances, yield greater prosperity?

Why Europe Needs to Save Greece

12 Apr 2015 | The Greeks, it can be argued, have not earned the right to be saved, but Greece's exit from the euro is not the best option for the country or for the European Union. Whether or not the Greeks are deserving of assistance, it is in Europe's interest to help them.

About the European Social Weeks

The European Social Week brings together representatives of the organizations of the workers and of the employers, as well as representatives of social organizations, of consumer organizations, human rights organizations, organizations working in social housing, in education, in care, in development cooperation; of national Social Weeks Network organizations; all kinds of Christian social organizations, both catholic, protestant or otherwise Christian; and from East and West Europe, from all of Europe; all sharing the task of securing the presence and the actualization of Christian Social Thinking, its leading values and principles, and thus help shape the European society that we want.

ESW v.z.w.

Statutory seat:

Waverse Steenweg 205
1050 Elsene

IBAN: BE17 3630 8598 8621



President: Herbert METZGER – Deutschland herbert.metzger@netcologne.de
General-secretary: Udo HUETT – Deutschland uhuett@t-online.de
Tresurer:Bruno MACHIELS – België bruno.machiels@scarlet.be
Bartho PRONK President EZA – Nederland bartho@barthopronk.com
Webmaster:Hans GROEN – Nederland h.groen@socires.nl
Administrative secretary: Linda DEMEESTER – België linda.demeester@hotmail.com

Members Committee European Social Weeks
Tony DE JANS, Beweging.net – België
Roswitha GOTTBEHÜT, General secretary EZA – Deutschland
Jean HALLET Honorary president – Belgique
Leo PAUWELS, Honorary president EZA – België
Johanna TOUZEL, Semaines Sociales de France – France
Cor VAN BEUNINGEN, Socires – Nederland
Robert WEBER – Luxembourg

General secretariat


KSI Katholish-soziales institute
Selhofer Str. 11
D - 53604 Bad Honnef
Tel.: +49 - 22 24 - 955 - 405
Fax: +49 - 22 24 - 955 - 100

Mail: Huett@ksi.de

Web: www.esw-sse.org

Discussion platform http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3849457&trk=hb_side_g

Additional members of the committee

Matej CEPIN– Slovenia
Silviu ISPAS
Thomasz ROSNIAK Polish social week – Poland
Ihor SHABAN Social week Ukraine
Janina ŠVEDIENE Social week Lithuania