principal themes for debate
There is an open discussion among citizen and social forces about the goals of the ECB, the reasons why its statute is imbedded in the European constitution project, its independence, accountability, and organisation. For unionists, activists against unemployment and poverty, and socially conscious experts, the European Social Forum could be an opportunity to exchange views about a more active involvement of the ECB in favour of employment and growth, instead of focusing on price stability, which in effect means the preservation of the interests of financial investors.
It could be useful to start discussing proposals for a better relationship between the ECB and its social environment, in terms of its goals, organisation and operations. That work should include discussions about National Central Banks (NCBs) as members of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and national institutions interacting with many economic and social entities at the national level.