Europe's Social Integration

16  January 2023    4:00 pm CET

László Andor (FEPS and Corvinus University), Georg Fischer (wiiw), Michael Landesmann (wiiw), Markus Marterbauer (AK), Lea Steininger (wiiw), Susan Carin Zimmermann (CEU)

In cooperation with Central European University (CEU).


wiiw souterrain, Rahlgasse 3, 1060, Vienna


This panel discussion – on the occasion of the book launch of Laszlo Andor’s Europe’s Social Integration (FEPS, 2022) - will address the relationship between European integration and social (welfare) models. The resilience of welfare systems in Europe continues to raise crucial questions for politics and policy in Europe. New developments and challenges such as the digital revolution, successive waves of immigration and the impact of the currency union, as well as the current shocks experienced following the Covid pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, do not replace but rather add nuance to and expand on the questions regarding the long-term sustainability of welfare institutions and the curbing of social inequalities in Europe.

Speakers: László Andor (FEPS and Corvinus University), Georg Fischer (wiiw), Lea Steininger (wiiw), Susan Carin Zimmermann (CEU), Markus Marterbauer (AK)

Moderator: Michael Landesmann


16:00-16:15 Introduction
16:15-17:00 Inputs by invited experts and discussion
17:00-17:30 Q&A

Laszlo Andor FEPS

László Andor is a Hungarian economist, currently Secretary General of FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) in Brussels and former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014). Since stepping down from the Commission, he has been head of the department of economic policy at Corvinus University (Budapest), Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and a visiting professor at ULB (Brussels) as well as at Sciences Po (Paris). He also became member in various think tanks (EPC, RAND Europe, Friends of Europe) in an advisory capacity. He is the author of Europe’s Social Integration – Welfare Models and Economic Transformations; FEPS 2022.

Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer is Senior Research Associate at wiiw, focusing on employment and social policies at the European level. He was Director for Social Affairs in DG EMPL at the European Commission where he retired in July 2017. In the Commission, he was responsible for the development of social policy initiatives related to the Pillar of Social Rights. Previously to his work with the European Commission he worked at the OECD and served in the Ministries of Finance and Labour in Austria.

Susan Zimmermann (Image:

Susan Zimmermann is University Professor in the Departments of History and of Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. She is also Member of the Board of the International Federation for Research into Women’s History, since 2015. Her most recent book (in German) entitled Women’s Politics and Men’s Trade Unionism. International Gender Politics, Female IFTU Trade Unionists and the Workers' and Women’s Movements of the Interwar Period (Löcker Verlag, Vienna) was published in 2021.

Markus Marterbauer

Markus Marterbauer is head of the economics and statistics division of the Austrian Chamber of Labour (Arbiterkammer); he is also chair of the Benedikt Kautsky Kreis and Vice President of the Austrian Fiscal Policy Committee. Prior to his current position at the Chamber of Labour, Markus worked as a macroeconomist at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) 1994-2011.

Lea Steininger

Lea Steininger is an Economist at wiiw as well as at the University of Economics and Business' Economics Department (WU) where she is a Ph.D. student. Before her PhD studies, she was Research Analyst at the European Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Research Division. She also worked as a consultant at both the ECB and the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Michael Landesmann

Michael Landesmann is Senior Research Associate at wiiw and Professor of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He was Scientific Director of wiiw from 1996 to 2016. He was a member of the Group of Economic Policy Advisors under the chairmanship of former EU Commission President Romano Prodi. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and taught at Cambridge University 1980-1993. He held Visiting Professorships at Harvard University and a wide range of other universities.