Programme Group - Thessaloniki Report - 13-14 july 2002
The group Program discussed before in a separate meeting and then in the plenary session the proposal on the Conferences (morning and afternoon 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.) that was presented by the italian Coordination after Brussels, Wien and Rome meetings. In the Rome meeting was decided a schema.In Thessaloniki there were more than 200 participants. For the first time also a delegation of the ETUC attended and they declared their committment in the preparation of the forum. Furthermore in Thessaloniki there was debate and decisions about seminars and speakers criteria (presentation, working group collecting names). Every Conference will need also a facilitator. The report in the plenary was presented by Sophie Zafari (french coalition) and what follows takes that report in account.
Morning Conferences - 7,8,9, november —9,30 -13,30
All the Conferences will take place in the Fortezza da basso, the place for the ESF. Every day there will be 6 Conferences, 2 for each area (neoliberalism-globalization ; war-peace ; democracy-rights-citizenship). The main points in the discussion were the need for a Conference on social exclusion, the need for a space to "Irak". There were many other comments and mostly accepted, like the two above mentioned. In case of some issues with not enough space in the Conferences, there will be a seminar. Every Conference will have three, maximum four speakers, whose presentations should not overcome 20 minutes. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for all the Conferences (6-8 languages).
In Florence it will be possible to have 50 seminars per day (200-500 persons). There will be also space for workshops and the Municipalities around Florence are available for more rooms. Seminars will be on charge of the groups or associations who will promote. Priority will be given to the seminars presented by european network or joint-ventures among different groups and asociations. There will be a solidarity fund to allow also the countries without resources to organise seminars (specially Central-Eastern Europe). The seminars should follow three main axes : deeping Conferences issues ; building european networks ; campaigns. The dead line is the 7th of september. Address where to send : firstname.lastname@example.org
PLENARIES 6 p.m.-8p.m.
These plenaries are about general issues of the movement (alternatives) or particularly significant witnesses from the world, related with Europe (Windows on the world) or spaces for exchanges of different points of view (dialogues). There will be simultaneous interpretation like in the morning. It was announced that there is the possibility to enlarge the number and it was made, specially because of the number of requests related to the Windows on the world. It means thet every day there should take place at the same time one dialogue, one alternative and two windows on the world. In the general assembly of Thessaloniki it has been proposed two more plenaries. "The state of the movement and its perspectives ; "Agenda for the future". It has to be decided when they will take place, avoiding an overlapping of meetings with a general common interest.
SPEAKERS : How to decide the names
The discussion on this point was broad and very alive : but at the end there was consensus on the following proposal, starting from the fact that the number of speakers (65-70) is certainly smaller than the "wishes".It was decided to raise some criteria for choice. According to these criteria a number of names related to the specific issues will be sent to a working group (the names follow below) who will collect and make a proposal for the meeting in Barcelona (5,6 october) where the final decision has to be taken.
Who sends names : European Networks ; National coalitions ; groups and associations (specially where there are no national coalitions)
Criteria : Gender (balance men-women) ; some young people ; specific competence (related to the specific issues) ; significant experience in the movement ; well known not only in his/her country.The general balance has to reflect the plural movement in terms of awarnesses, nationalities, diversity of the actors committed in the Forum preparation (personalities, activists, intellectuals...)
Working group : This group has been formed with a point of reference : the group issued from the Rome meeting on 10th of July. It has been integrated in the Assembly in Thessaloniki. It was observed that the number of women is too law. It was requested to Bercelona Forum to add one of them. Portuguese will check at national level and, if it is the case, they will propose a different name ; the chair-coordination is italian and the italian coordination group for the program will be in permanent contact with the rest of the group through Salvatore Cannavò (email@example.com and Alessandra Mecozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Zafari - FSU - France Sophie.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre Khalfa - ATTAC - France email@example.com
Endre Simò - Pax Romana - Conseil Harmonisation - ATTAC - Hungaria firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Haris Golemis - Nicos Poulantzas Society, Transform ! -Greece firstname.lastname@example.org
Angeles Maestro - Asamblea trabajadores contra la globalizacion - Spain Angeles.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Leo Gabriel . Marche europeennes contre le chomage - Austria email@example.com
Alexander Buzgalin - Alternative - Russia firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Neale - Globalise resistence - UK email@example.com
Petros Costantinos - Genoa 2001 - Greece
Democracy - rights - citizenship
Angela Klein - Euromarches - Germany firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Elizabeth Gauthier - Espace Marx-Transform ! - France firstname.lastname@example.org
Ion Etxebarria - Sindicato Lab (Paese Basco) - Spain email@example.com
Pierre Barge - Ligue des droits de l’homme - France firstname.lastname@example.org
Asad Rehman - National stop the war Coalition - UK email@example.com
Antonio Davanellos - International Action - Greece
Erhard Crome - Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Germany firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadia De Mond - World Women March email@example.com
Nunos Ramos de Almeida - ATTAC - Portugal
Morning Conferences : a list of titles and topics, Tessaloniki, 12-13 july 2002
Globalisation and liberalism
1. From the European Union shaped by neoliberal globalisation to the Europe of the alternatives. a. Europe and the global institutions : WTO, GATTs, IMF ; WB, G8. b. Control over financial markets and economy and unrestricted investments. c. Economy and solidarity. d. Budgetary and Fiscal polices in Europe.
2. Water, air and earth : Europe opposing unsustainable development. a. Living standards and consumer patterns. b. Privatisation of public goods and ecological debt. c. Alternatives : right to quality life, health and well being d. Energy question.
3. Central and East Europe into the globalised world : alternatives to neoliberalism. a. Results of privatisation and liberalisations. b. Enlarging the European Union to the East. c. Social problems and common alternatives.
4. Europe is not for sale : new rights for a new social system. a. Decline and renewal of the welfare state in Europe : health care and pension systems. b. No to privatisation and liberalisation : preserving and changing of the public service. c. Family centred policies and rights for men and women.
5. Europe of workers between global production and social fragmentation. a. Impact of finance driven economy on the corporate system and precarization. b. Labour, jobs and fights for rights. c. Women and the youth facing the changes in work organization and labour market. d. Education, training and work.
6. Europe and Food Sovereignty a. For a joint Agriculture Policy : social and labour based, agro-ecological opposing Wto’s policies. b. A society serving science : patents, GM and research free of multinational power against the market exploitation of life. c. Limited cycle, consumerism and North-South trade : an equal pattern.
War and Peace
1. Europe in the new world (dis) order. a. UN and international law. b. Europe, NATO and joint European defence policies (euroarmy). c. Subordination or antagonism towards the USA : any alternative ?
2. People’s Europe against the never ending war. a. September 11th : the Bush doctrine, the Afghan War and the war on terrorism. b. Western World and Islam, dialogue or clash ? c. Creating the enemy : media power. d. Iraqi : the next war ?
3. No justice, no peace. a. Conflict prevention. b. Resistance to war. c. Building solidarity and international and decentralized cooperation.
4. Local conflicts : Europe’s responsibilities a. Introduction. b. Palestine and Israel. c. Balkans. d. Kurdish question. e. Cecenia.
5. Europe security zone ? Social control, repression and denied rights. a. Restricting individual and social rights. b. Criminalisation of social conflict. c. Militarisation of the borders and repressive measure against migrants. d. Euro police, euro justice : which polcies ?
6. War nourished economy a. Production and transformation. b. Defence budget, social spending and global market. c. War economy, mafia smuggling and power. d. Weapons in action : war when living under the bombs.
1. From the Declaration of Nice to the European Convention : the crisis of democracy in Europe and the struggle for universal citizenship. a. The process leading to a politics driven Europe. b. Universal Citizenship and European Democracy. c. A different European integration d. Participatory democracy to establish a democratic Europe.
2. With the rightless, against social exclusion. a. Introduction. b. central and local governments’ initiative and social action against compassionate liberalism. c. Young peoples’ right to future : autonomy, work, income d. Housing rights.
3. Emergency if the extreme right emergency : social divide in Europe a. Social insecurity, chauvinism, nationalism and discrimination. b. Political values and ideologies of the extreme and populist right. c. Fighting social exclusion to counter the Right.
4. Information and culture, humankind’s resources : from a monopoly based system to new individual and social rights. a. Information monopoly and concentration. b. The experience of independent media and alternative information. c. Intellectual property and knowledge. d. Protection of cultural diversity in the global market.
5. Men and Women : an inescapable conflict for a shared future. a. Labour-jobs. b. Patriarchal family, sexuality and violence. c. Power and political representation.
6. Immigrants and Fortress Europe : apartheid, social conflict and universal citizenship. a. Migrants and refugees, the way to universal citizenship. b. Racism and xenophobia in Europe. c. Exemplary work of immigrants. d. Migrations between the two Europes : inclusion or new discrimination.
Evening programme - 18.00 - 20.00
Dialogues : Movement and political parties Movements and trade unions’ struggle Movements and institutions
Alternatives Non violence, disobedience and social conflicts Social and State Economy Participatory democracy
Windows on the world : Palestine-Israel. The Mediterranean : West Sahara, Algeria and Cyprus. Latin America : Colombia, and Argentina. Africa : the Great Lakes, the African Horn, and Southern Africa. From Afghanistan to Iraqi. Kashmir. Indonesia and the Philippine The role of Religions in the critique of globalisation.
Movement of movements Where we at ? The G8 summit in France. Agenda for the future.