Blockade the European Business Summit

City: Brussels
Date: 15 May
Time: from 8 am
Location: Palais d’Egmont

Flyer Bxl 15 May

Le 15 mai, les plus grandes entreprises ont invité nos décideurs politiques (Karel De Gucht, Guy Verhofstadt, etc) au Palais d’Egmont pour le European Business Summit. Les organisateurs de cette Grande Messe du lobbyisme d’affaires annoncent leur objectif: influencer les leaders européens à quelques jours des élections.

Le Partenariat Transatlantique sera au centre des discussions. Négociant loin de tout débat démocratique et des médias, refusant de rencontrer ceux qui s’y opposent, Karel De Gucht, Commissaire européen au Commerce, va en revanche écouter très attentivement les représentants du big business qui voient dans cet accord une occasion en or d’augmenter leur pouvoir au sein de l’UE.

Nous ne les laisserons pas faire!
Ce 15 mai, dès 8h du matin, encerclons le Palais d’Egmont!

Op 15 mei nodigen Europa’s grootste bedrijven onze beleidsmakers (Karel De Gucht, Guy Verhofstadt, Kris Peeters, etc) uit in het Egmontpaleis voor de European Business Summit. De organisatie heeft het doel van dit festijn van het businesslobbyisme aangekondigd: de Europese leiders beïnvloeden enkele dagen voor de Europese verkiezingen.

De Transatlantische Handelsovereenkomst zal in het centrum van de discussies staan. Onderhandeld ver van democratisch debat en media waarbij ontmoetingen met degenen die ertegen zijn worden geweigerd, is Karel De Gucht, Eurocommisaris voor Handel, wél bereid om aandachtig te luisteren naar de vertegenwoordigers van ‘big business’ die in dit handelsverdrag een kans zien om hun macht over de EU te vergroten.

Dat laten we niet gebeuren!
Op deze 15e mei, om 8 uur ‘s ochtends, omcirkelen we het Egmontpaleis!

This May 15, Europe’s biggest businesses have invited our political leaders (Karel de Gucht, Didier Reynders, Guy Verhofstadt, Kris Peeters etc.) to the Egmont palace for the ‘European Business Summit’. The organisers of this great lobbying jamboree have stated their goal: to influence European leaders a few days before the elections.

The ‘Transatlantic Partnership’ (TTIP) will be at the heart of the debate. Negotiated away from democratic scrutiny, refusing to meet those who oppose it, Karel de Gucht’s ears are open exclusively to big business, who see this treaty as an unmissable opportunity to increase their power within the EU.

We won’t let them!
This May 15, from 8am, Surround the Egmont Palace!

15 & 16 May: EU crisis policies put on trial

What: People’s Tribunal on EU Economic Governance and the Troika – Realities and Alternatives
When: 15 May: 14 – 17 hrs
16 May: 10 – 17 hrs
Where: Rue Pletinckx 19, Brussels

Please find here the link to follow the Live-streaming of the People’s Tribunal on EU Governance and Troika
It will start broadcasting on the 15th at 14.00.

After six years of crisis and four years of new EU economic governance measures and Troika policies, it is high time to assess their devastating results. Since the economic crisis broke out in Europe, the narrative behind the policies imposed by the EU institutions has been based on fiscal consolidation and competitiveness, which in practice has meant dismantling of public services and destruction of social and labour rights. The process has been presented as the solution to the economic crisis and the guarantee to avoid future crises, with active participation in policy-making by corporations, via undemocratic bodies and procedures.
However, as demonstrated by the current state of the economy, the unprecedented high levels of unemployment and the tremendous increase in poverty in many European countries, the policies imposed from the EU on practically all European countries – next to the roll-back of democratic decision-making these involved – have been anything but effective in tackling the economic crisis.

Transnational Institute (TNI), Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Transform!, with the support of several European networks and organisations*, are organising a People’s Tribunal on EU Economic Governance and the Troika on 15 and 16 May in Brussels.
The Tribunal aims to analyse and expose the EU policy measures taken in response to the crisis, by presenting the social consequences of these measures in countries all over Europe; it will mark a milestone in the resistance against the EU economic governance regime developed throughout the European crisis, which is increasingly regarded as unjust, undemocratic and a failure in terms of crisis management.

The Tribunal will bring together a dozen witnesses from different European countries in the South, West and East of Europe. They will share their stories through testimonies, in which they set out the social consequences of the EU’s crisis policies related to an issue specific to their own country: for example, Spanish anti-evictions campaign PAH, Greek neighbourhood solidarity initiatives, Portuguese dockworkers, German centre against precarious labour and Attac Hungary on the rise of neo-fascism.

The testimonies of the witnesses will be complemented by analyses of the broader European context in relation to the EU’s crisis policies. Jan Willem Goudriaan (EPSU) will cover the impact of EU policies on public services, Fintan Farrell (European Anti Poverty Network) will talk about the effects on poverty rates and Ronald Janssen (ETUC) will discuss the consequences for labour rights. Furthermore, the European context related to debt, democratic principles and austerity policies will be part of the debate.
A conclusion will be provided in the form of a verdict presented as a synthesis of what has been said in the presentations by the witnesses and the rapporteurs. This will be discussed by a judges panel which includes economists Miren Etxezarreta and John Grahl, Walter Baier from the Transform! network and Lisa Mittendrein from Attac Austria.
Marco Buti, Director-General of DG ECFIN at the European Commission, has also been invited to provide a defense (presence tbc).

This People’s Tribunal will be a unique event, providing for the first time a Europewide assessment of the realities of the EU austerity policies from the ground, across a broad cross section of witnesses and analysts from different countries and sectors. Live streaming will be arranged to move the discussions beyond the room in Brussels.

You are warmly invited to participate in the People’s Tribunal on EU Economic Governance and the Troika that takes place on 15 May from 14 to 17 hrs and on 16 May from 10 to 17 hrs.

*the European Attac Network and several of its national chapters, Stichting Weerbaarheid en Solidariteit, CADTM, Globalproject, the European Anti Poverty Network, Alter Summit


Thursday 15 May

Doors open from 13.30 hrs

14.00 – 14.30: welcome and introduction of witnesses, rapporteurs, judges

14.30 – 15.30: testimonies of witnesses
Italy - Guiseppe Caccia, Globalproject
Slovenia – Kira Cerjak, Democratic Socialism
France – Nicolas Galepides, SUD PTT

15.30 – 15.50: coffee break

15.50 – 16.30: interventions of rapporteurs
Democracy – Kenneth Haar, CEO
Debt – Chiara Filoni, CADTM

16.30 – 17.00: conclusion / ending

Friday 16 May

Doors open from 9.30 hrs

10.00 – 10.30: welcome, round up of day before and introduction of witnesses, rapporteurs, judges

10.30 – 11.30: testimonies of witnesses
Portugal – Antonio Mariano, Sindicato dos Estivadores, Trabalhadores do Tráfego e Conferentes Marítimos do Centro e Sul de Portugal
Ireland – Vicky Donnelly, Debt Justice
Hungary – Matyas Benyik, Attac Hungary

11.30 – 12.30: testimonies of witnesses
Greece – Athina Teskou, SOSte to NERO
Germany – Georg Rammer, Kinder- und Jugendhilfe Karlsruhe
Spain – Ana Maria Jimenez, PAH

12.30 – 13.15: lunch break

13.15 – 14.15: testimonies of witnesses
Greece – Christos Giovanopoulos, Solidarity4all
Romania – Petru Sorin Dandea, Cartel ALFA
Belgium - tbc

14.15 – 15.30: interventions of rapporteurs
Public services – Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU
Labour rights – Ronald Janssen, ETUC
Poverty – Fintan Farrell, European Anti Poverty Network
Feminist perspective – Gabriele Michalitsch, Vienna University

15.30 – 15.50: coffee break

15.50 – 16.30: interventions of judges panel
Miren Extezarreta, professor emerita Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Walter Baier, transform!
John Grahl, Middlesex University, EuroMemo Group

16.30 -17.00: verdict