On 4 December 2019, the
members of the European Social
Insurance Platform (ESIP) elected their new
President, Ilka Wölfle, during their General Assembly. The platform brings
together 50 different social security organisations from 18 Member States and
is the first woman to take office since ESIP was founded in 1996. She succeeds
Arnaud Emériau, who held the position for the last three years and will now
serve as Vice-President.
Wölfle, born in the year 1977, brings with her a broad range of European political expertise in the fields of
European social and health policy. Since 2016, she has been Director of the
European Representation of the German Social Insurance in Brussels,
representing the interests of the umbrella organisations of Germany’s social
insurance system at European level.
started working at the European Representation of the German Social Insurance in
2007 as the representative for the German Social Accident Insurance. Prior to
that she was with the German Bar Association in Brussels.
her election, Wölfle expressed her wish to continue working closely with
European social security institutions to tackle the major challenges they will
face in the future. Social security in Europe in facing some complex issues
such as Brexit, the changing world of work, the development of new forms of
work, digitalisation and the use of artificial intelligence.
said: ‘It is a great honour for me to continue the work of ESIP. We want to
continue to be seen as an important and valued partner on the European stage’. ESIP
will play a decisive role in Europe’s future.