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Day 1                   Tuesday 26 June 2012


14:00-14:30     Registration and refreshments


14:30-15:30     Opening session

Tim Clode, OECD (facilitation)


Welcome addresses

Yves Leterme, OECD Deputy Secretary-General

Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud


Introductory addresses

e-Frame project: Gosse van der Veen, Director General, CBS Netherlands

ESS sponsorship: Walter Radermacher, Director General, Eurostat

OECD: Martine Durand, Chief Statistician, OECD


15:30-16:00     Keynote address

Edward Scicluna, Vice-Chairman of the EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


16:00–16:20    Refreshments


16:20-18:00     Round table

The importance of well-being in the midst of the current financial crisis

Chair: Françoise Crouïgneau, Vice-President, Association des journalistes économiques et financiers

Ulla Rosenström, Office of the Prime Minister, Finland

Michele Dau, Deputy Secretary General, Consiglio Nazionale dell'Economia e del Lavoro, Italy

Daniel Daianu, Professor of Economics, The National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, former finance minister of Romania and former MEP

Jeroen van den Bergh, ICREA Research Professor & Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Professor of Environmental Economics, VU University Amsterdam

General discussion

Conclusions: Chair



Day 2:                  Wednesday 27 June 2012


THEME 1:   Material conditions


09:30-10:10     Material conditions (part 1 in plenary)

Introduction by Session Chair: Radek Maly, DG EMPL, European Commission

Overview address:  University of Antwerp, Belgium



10:10-11:20     Material conditions (part 2 in parallel)


1a – Parallel room 1 (CC10)

1b – Parallel room 2 (CC2)

1c – Parallel room 3 (Auditorium)

Income inequalities

Jobs and earnings

Wealth distribution

Workshop Chair 1a:  Michael Förster, OECD

Workshop Chair 1b: Stefano Scarpetta, OECD


Workshop Chair 1c: Wim van Nunspeet, CBS Netherlands

Panellist 1ai: Mario Pianta, University of Urbino, Italy

Panellist 1bi: Joachim Recktenwald, Eurostat


Panellist 1ci: Marco Mira d’Ercole, OECD

Panellist 1aii: Anne-Catherine Guio, CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg

Panellist 1bii: Stan Siebert, University of Birmingham, UK

Panellist 1cii: Kirsten Wismer, Statistics Denmark

Panellist 1aiii: Denis Leythienne and Liviana Mattonetti, Eurostat

Panellist 1ciii: Carlos Sánchez Muñoz, European Central Bank

General discussion

General discussion

General discussion


11:20-11:40     Refreshments


11:40-12:30     Material conditions (part 3 in plenary)

Building Common Ground: Session Chair (facilitation)

Reports: Workshop Chairs

General discussion

Conclusions: Session Chair


12:30-14:00     Lunch


13:00-13:45     Lunchtime seminar (Auditorium)

Beyond GDP: Long term changes in quality of life. How to measure them for the world economy, Jan Luiten van Zanden, University of Utrecht, Netherlands



Theme 2:   Quality of life


14:00-14:40     Quality of life (part 1 in plenary)

Introduction by Session Chair: Eduardo Barredo-Capelot, Director of Social Statistics, Eurostat

Overview address: Jeni Klugman, Director, Gender and Development, World Bank


14:40-15:50     Quality of life (part 2 in parallel)


2a – Parallel room 1 (CC10)

2b – Parallel room 2 (CC2)

2c – Parallel room 3 (Auditorium)

Subjective well-being

Social connections and civic participation

Regional and local dimensions

Workshop Chair 2a: Charles Seaford, New Economics Foundation, UK

Workshop Chair 2b: Heinz-Herbert Noll, GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany

Workshop Chair 2c: Lewis Dijkstra, DG REGIO, European Commission

Panellist 2ai: Stéfan Lollivier, Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, France

Panellist 2bi: Hans Schmeets, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Panellist 2ci: Matthias Till, Statistics Austria, Austria

Panellist 2aii: Glenn Everett, Office for National Statistics, UK

Panellist 2bii: Robert Manchin, Gallup Europe

Panellist 2cii: Monica Brezzi, OECD and Giovanni Barbieri,ISTAT, Italy

Panellist 2aiii: Conal Smith, OECD

Panellist 2biii: Orsolya Lelkes, European Institute, Vienna, Austria

Panellist 2ciii: Luigi Biggeri, Università Firenze, Italy

General discussion

General discussion

General discussion


15:50-16:10     Refreshments


16:10-17:00     Quality of life (part 3 in plenary)

Building common ground: Session Chair (facilitation)

Reports: Workshop Chairs

General discussion

Conclusions: Session Chair


17:10-18:30     Round table

National experiences in the production of well-being statistics

Chair: Marleen De Smedt, Adviser to the Director General, Eurostat

Stephen Penneck, Director General, Office for National Statistics, UK

Giovanni Barbieri, Istat, Italy  

Jean Louis Lhéritier, Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, France

Martin Siecker, European Economic and Social Council

Gerard Eding, Head of National Accounts Department, CBS Netherlands

General discussion

Conclusions: Chair


18: 30Cocktail


Day 3:                  Thursday 28 June 2012


THEME 3:   Sustainability


09:30-10:00     Sustainability (part 1 in plenary)

Introduction by Session Chair: Lidia Bratanova, Director of Statistics, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


Overview address

Tim Jenkins, Great Transition Initiatives, New Economics Foundation, UK


10:00-11:10     Sustainability (part 2 in parallel)


3a – Parallel room 1 (CC10)

3b – Parallel room 2 (CC2)

3c – Parallel room 3 (Auditorium)

Environmental capital

Human capital and ageing

Trans-boundary impacts

Workshop Chair 3a: Paul Schreyer, OECD

Workshop Chair 3b:

Clare Ward, Deputy Government Statistician, New Zealand

Workshop Chair 3c: Marcel Timmer, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Panellist 3ai: Oliver Zwirner, DG ENV, European Commission

Panellist 3bi: , OECD

Panellist 3ci: Hubert Escaith, World Trade Organisation

Panellist 3aii: Sjoerd Schenau, CBS Netherlands 

Panellist 3bii: Alessandra Righi, Istat, Italy

Panellist 3cii: Edgar Hertwich, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU, Norway

Panellist 3aiii: Guillaume Mordant, Ministry of the Environment, France

Panellist 3biii: Gang Liu, OECD

Panellist 3ciii: Nadim Ahmad, OECD

General discussion

General discussion

General discussion


11:10-11:30     Refreshments


11:30-12:20     Sustainability (part 3 in plenary)

Building common ground: Session Chair (facilitation)

Reports: Workshop Chairs

General discussion

Conclusions: Session Chair


12:20-14:30     Lunch


13:00-13:45     Lunchtime seminar (Auditorium)

Future work of e-Frame project,  Marina Signore, ISTAT, Italy; Donatella Fazio, ISTAT, Italy; , CBS Netherlands;  Tommaso Rondinella, ISTAT, Italy. Welcome by Marianne Paasi, European Commission.


14:30-15:40     Round table

Well-being policy frameworks at local, national, and international levels

Chair: Wolfgang Petritsch, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Austria to the OECD

Agnès Hubert, Bureau of European Policy Advisors

Nicola de Michelis, Deputy Head of Cabinet, DG REGIO, European Commission

John Evans, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

General discussion

Conclusions: Chair


15:40-16:00     Refreshments


16:00-17:30     Moving forward: Paving the way

Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics, OECD

-Summary of tentative conclusions

Lidia Bratanova, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Eduardo Barredo-Capelot, Director of Social Statistics, Eurostat

Enrico Giovannini, President, Istat, Italy


17:30   End of the conference


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