Report on proceedings
Friday 10th May
meeting of campaigners and members of the social movements of Eastern Europe (see appendix VII).
meeting on the youth issue.
Saturday 11th May
Presentation of the meeting and order of the day by Leo Gabriel / Austria.
Reminder of the decisions already made and the broad principles of the proceedings of the ESF (respect of the Charter of the WSF, decisions made in Porto Alegre and in Brussels, etc.) by Raffaela Bollini / Italy, see appendix II
Methodology and presentation of the working groups proposed by the Italian delegation by Luciano Muhlbauer / Italy, see appendix III
Information on the venue (Florence) and the dates by Bruno Paladini / Italy, see Overall conclusions of the deliberations.
Summary of the meeting of the Eastern Europe movements by Daniela Stepanovic / Serbia
12:00 General debate arising from the presentations.
Discussion about the information given on the upcoming meeting in Thessalonica (disagreements among the different Greek delegations). Comments made about the low representation of Northern European countries. Disappointment expressed about the absence of coordination with the networks which had organised the Prague demonstration and who are meeting at the same time in Strasbourg. They are younger more ’autonomous’ networks, which also exist in Vienna but which have not been included in the preparations for this meeting. Comments made on the necessity to open up more to the networks of immigrant workers and to the movements fighting the rise of the far Right. Other voices were raised to request that themes such as education, health, etc. be included.
13:00 Welcome message from Wilhelm Haberzettl, president of the Austrian rail workers union and President of the European federation of transport workers (professional wing of the CES - the workers union). The meeting is in fact taking place in premises provided free of charge by the Austrian union.
15:00 Meeting of the 3 working groups (organisation, expansion of the network, programme of the ESF) lasting all afternoon.
20:00 Entertainment, organised by the Austrian team.
Sunday 12th May
09:00 Final meeting of the working group of the Eastern Europe representatives.
10:00 Presentations of reports by the working groups
organisation (Isabelle Bourboulon / France and Kurto Wendt / Austria)
programme (Angela Klein / Germany)
expansion of the network (Christophe Aguiton / France)
Information on European initiatives
mobilisation for the European summit in Seville on 20th-22nd June, presentation by Diosdado Toledano (Barcelona) and Josu Egireun (Emen Eta Mundua, the Basque Country).
mobilisation for the FAO summit in Rome, on 13th-14th June, presentation by Gianni Fabbris of the Italian delegation.
11:00 General debate on a number of matters, notably :
the problem of the participation of political parties at the ESF ; many voices were raised insisting on the necessity to include them in the process ;
the need to ’feminise’ the process and to genuinely integrate the problem of gender into the debates ;
practical problems raised by the participation of campaigners from Eastern Europe (visas, funding, etc.) ;
the need to include themes such as war and the fight against the far Right ;
the problem of coordination on a European level for the preparation for the ESF ; how can we coordinate more effectively, but without letting institutionalisation take hold, notably concerning the coordinators of the working groups, who could overstep their role ;
on the organisation of the ESF programme : how are the conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. going to be organised ; necessity of providing provision for ’personal stories’ as in Porto Alegre ;
on the need to have, within the framework of the ESF, debating areas on methods of action and mobilisation, as well as a very open consultation procedure to allow the integration of those sectors, in particular the youth sectors, which are not yet sufficiently involved in the preparations for the ESF ;
concerning the venues for the next preparatory meetings, the 4 preoccupations expressed being to integrate the youth sectors (so Barcelona suggested as a venue), the issue of stateless peoples (the Basque Country or Catalonia), opening up to the countries of northern Europe (Copenhagen or a northern German city suggested) and to the Eastern European countries and the Balkans (Thessalonica suggested).
13:00 Short break to allow a working group of the different Greek delegations to examine the possibility of meeting in Thessalonica in mid-July.
13:30 Meeting reconvenes. After adoption of the conclusions of the working groups (see Overall conclusions of the deliberations), the decision was made to hold the next meeting in Thessalonica, if the meeting of the different Greek networks, which will take place in that city on 21st May confirms their ability to work in a really unified manner ; if this proves not to be the case, Barcelona was proposed - the local campaigners will be meeting on the 22nd and will be able to discuss this possibility, or the possibility of meeting in that city in September, for the final plenary preparatory meeting for the ESF in Florence.
There followed various other contributions :
Eric Toussaint (CADTM, Belgium) reported on the WSF international committee which met in Barcelona in April ;
Samir Amin, also present at the WSF meeting, reported on initiatives taken in Africa and in countries of the Southern hemisphere ;
Information, given by xxx of Austria, on the planned mobilisation in Salzburg, the xx September for the European session of the World Economic Forum (Davos),
Information, given by Mayo Fuster of the ’Movimiento de Resistancia Global’, Catalonia, on the European Social Consultation (www.consultaeuropea.org) , a 4-level process : consultation within the movements to fix the bases of the public consultation ; internal consultation leading to a meeting in February 2003 ; a space for social debate to define the contents of the consultation, the consultation proper, the idea put forward being to have it at the same time as the European elections of 2004 ; and finally the mobilisation following the consultation itself and the application of its results.
Information on the mobilisation concerning a NATO meeting in Prague, XXX ?
Information on the mobilisation for the anniversary of the death of Carlos Guiliani in Genoa