10 apr 2014
European Left en transform! europe organiseren een conferentie:
“TOGETHER We Can Put an End to the Problems of Debt and Austerity in Europe”
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, No. 5, B-1210 Brussel
ACV-CSC Auditorium Dom Helder Camara, Pletinckxstraat 19 1000 Brussel
A few weeks before crucial European elections, the proposals of the European Left shall be discussed with the world of work, trade unionists, social movements and critical intellectuals.
The financial crisis, “bailouts” of banks and the consequences of austerity policies deeply question the economic and monetary choices of the European Union. Mass unemployment, economic crisis: we are faced with the failure of the neoliberal model. The austerity programs imposed under the auspices of the Troika increased public debt and lead to deadlock.
The time has come to say “stop” to austerity, but also to provide solutions to overcome the crisis, loosen the stranglehold of debt, define together the foundations of a new economic and social policy for the future of Europe and investments required to achieve this.
It is in this context, a few weeks before crucial European elections, that we wish to discuss the proposals of the European left with the world of work, trade unionists, social movements, critical intellectuals and all the political forces who reject austerity and seek progressive issues for the peoples of Europe.
We have the pleasure to invite you to the first conference “TOGETHER we can put an end to the problems of debt and austerity in Europe”, to be held on 10 April 2014 in Brussels, in the hall of the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions, with the presence of Alexis Tsipras, candidate of the Party of the European Left for the Presidency of the European Commission.
Draft programme with the major themes of the day
Opening by representatives of the EL Economists working group and transform! europe
Introduction by Pierre Laurent, President of the EL
Proposals of the EL by Alexis Tsipras, candidate of the Left for the Presidency of the European Commission
Intervention of Gabi Zimmer, President of the GUE-NGL Group at the European Parliament
10.45-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-13.00 Session I: Analysis
Connecting the debt crisis with the question of the crisis in the financial system and neoliberal policies. The Troika intervention. The ECB and the Banking Union
14.00-16.00 Session II: Objectives
Closing the gap between North and South and the East. Proposals for debt cancellation, a new Marshall Plan for several regions, productive reconstruction
16.00-17.00 Session III: Other Experiences from Latin America/ Island
17.00-17.15 Coffee break
17.15-19.15 Session IV: Proposals
Alternative European fiscal policy for an income and wealth distribution
19.15-20.00 Conclusions by representatives of the economists Working Group of the EL and transform! europe