EUROPEAN CONVERGENCE 2013 AMSTERDAM
Economic governance, the Troika and the struggles against European neoliberalism
European strategy meeting
Friday, 4 October 2013, 15:30 – Sunday, 6 October 2013, 13:00
The meeting intends to bring activists, organizations and networks that are addressing the undemocratic neoliberal crisis strategy and governance imposed from the EU – the EU shock doctrine – and discuss together which strategies have been more successful and to identify what are the common lines from which we can draw a genuine European movement.
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The meeting intends to bring activists, organizations and networks that are addressing the undemocratic neoliberal crisis strategy and governance imposed from the EU – the EU shock doctrine – and discuss together which strategies have been more successful and to identify what are the common lines from which we can draw a genuine European movement:
– what have been the experiences of resistance
- how do we strengthen coordination (of existing European initiatives and of national initiatives)
- what common priorities and targets can be identified in the near future
- how can awareness raising be improved
- how can our internal communication and coordination be improved, and what strategies should be pursued.
At the Alter Summit in Athens in June, activists from across Europe decided at an open assembly to hold a strategy meeting to discuss and organise European struggles against the imposition of neoliberal policies by the Troika and the new EU economic governance, and its disastrous consequences.
Austerity, privatisation and attacks on social rights is being pushed systematically from the European level, and while there have been many impressive struggles at the national level in Southern Europe, European coordination and the European response is still sporadic.
First steps towards more European coordination have been around sporadic action days. While those days of action have allowed in some countries to get visibility and make resistances visible, it has not allowed to achieve a substantial turn around. At the same time new forms of action, organization and campaigning are emerging, but often with little coordination between the social actors – from the more radical to the more traditional – that promote them.
The purpose of the strategy meeting is to strengthen European coordination on the struggles against the measures and future plans to advance the neoliberal economic governance.
We ask you to:
- discuss this proposal within any relevant assembly, platform or network at the local or national level.
- bring any analysis or position paper on the EU’s neoliberal offensive to Amsterdam to share
- alert other relevant actors on the meeting
Translation to and from French will be available. We’re looking into the possibility of covering other languages based on the needs of participants.
Many groups have contributed so far; at the moment the facilitators include several ATTAC-groups, Corporate Europe Observatory, SOMO, Ecologistas en Acción, Econonuestra, Transnational Institute and more.
REGISTRATION, COSTS AND FUNDING
Register for the meeting no later than the 30th of September at: EUcrisismeeting[at]tni.org
Individual registration fee: 8 euro – 5 euro for students and unemployed.
The registration fee includes coffee and tea and lunch on Saturday.
Accommodation is available at the venue for 50 euro for the two nights. Places are limited.
In order to secure some money for solidarity funding of participants, organisations will be asked if they can contribute to a solidarity fund with 100 euro.
We will circulate more information to registrants once available. If you need to know more urgently, use the email address above.