Seminar on ’Alternatives to privatisation: progressive public water management in Europe’
Friday 19 September 9.30 - 12.30
Venue: Möllevången - Tangopalatset
Emanuele Lobina, PSI Research Unit (PSIRU)
Martin Pigeon, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Mehmet Kartal, Local Agenda 21 of Bursa-Nilufer Municipality, Turkey
David Hachfeld, Berlin Water Table / ATTAC Germany
Jacques Perreux, Association pour la Fondation Copernic, France
managing director for VASYD, the municipal water company of Malmö
Guiseppe Nicosia, mayor of city in Sicily, Italy
Gith Andersson, Swedish Network for Common Welfare
Marco Bersani, Attac Italy
Jan Willem Goudriaan, European Public Services Unions (EPSU)
Facilitators: Rosa Pavanelli, CGIL-FP, Italy and David Boys, Public Services International
This seminar focuses on how to strengthen the resistance to the intensifying push by EU institutions and governments for privatising and commercialising water supply in Europe. Activists, unionists and public water managers will present examples of successful progressive public management from across Europe as well as campaigns that promote such models as alternatives to privatisation.
Co-organisers: Association pour la Fondation Copernic, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), European Public Services Unions (EPSU), Svenska Kommunalarbetareforbundet, France Libertè, Transnational Institute, Italian Forum for Movements for Water, World Water Contract, Attac Germany, Local Agenda 21 of Bursa-Nilufer Municipality and others.
Seminar "Towards the World Water Forum in Istanbul and alternatives"
Friday 19 September, 18:00-21:00
Venue: Möllevången - Moriskan
The fifth edition of World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul in March 2009. This forum is illegitimate and it is organized by multinational water companies. Turkish State wants to use these meetings as a propaganda of building new big dams. It will be also a step for water privitizations. We will discuss the global campaign against this illegitimate forum and shape the alternatives.
Marco Iob, Italian Committee for World Water Contract
Olivier Hoedeman, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Ercan Ayboga, Keep Hasankeyf Alive Initiative (Turkey)
Erkin Erdogan, Global Action Group (Turkey)
Ingrid Spiller, Heinrich Boell Foundation
Huseyin Yesil, TMMOB, Turkey
Anil Naidoo, Blue Planet Project
Danilo Urrea, Censat Agua Viva (FoE Colombia)
Inga-Lena Wallin, Swedish public services union Kommunal
Chairperson: America Vera Zavala, ATTAC Sweden. (Swedish)
Co-organisers: Stop the Ilisu Dam Campaign, Global Action Group (Turkey), CEO (Netherlands), World Water Contract, TMMOB (Turkey), Heinrich Boll Stiftung, CeVi, Free Women?s Foundation (Netherlands), Aquasuav, Transnational Institute, France Libertè and others.
Assembly of Water Movements
Sunday 21 September 9:30-12:30
Venue: Möllevången - Moriskan
Susan George, Transnational Institute
Renato di Nicola, Italian Forum of Water Movements
Gunilla Andersson, Swedish Network for Common Welfare
Jean Luc Thouly, ACME, France
Anil Naidoo (Blue Planet Project)
and many others
This assembly will be the launch of the first truly pan-European network of water activist groups, networks and movements. Among our goals are:
Resisting the water privatisation push in Europe
Halting the EU’s use of aid and trade policies to promote privatisation in the South
Promoting the right to water, participatory public water management and public-public partnerships
Co-organisers: Transnational Institute, France Libertes, Swedish Network for Common Welfare, World Water Contract, Italian Forum of Movements on Water, Attac Germany, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Berliner Wassertisch and many others.