[fyeg_gen-l] EU In Crisis - Join us in Brussels May 5 & 6
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Wed Feb 15 12:47:14 CET 2012
*Please forward to interested networks and movements.
**Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 May 2012 : Maison des Associations
**Join us in a two-day conference in Brussels with movements from
across Europe to strengthen progressive responses to the EU's
*Speakers will include Susan George <http://www.tni.org/george>,
Ignacio Ramonet <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Ramonet>,
Mariana Mortágua <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QISxc4JQh3U>, Alexis
Passadakis <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOGjb6Nk-Jg>, Miren
Leigh Phillips <http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/leigh-phillips>,
Esther Vivas <http://esthervivas.wordpress.com/english/> as well as
activist movements in Greece, Portugal and many other countries.*
*Organised by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), in
cooperation with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and with the
support of the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU).
The EU's response to the financial crisis and the escalating
eurocrisis has exposed more clearly than ever the disastrous
dominance of neoliberal ideology. Obsessed with budgetary
discipline, EU decision-makers are imposing sweeping austerity
measures, privatising public services and cutting welfare.
Corporate lobby groups see their longstanding demands implemented
overnight while the living standards of millions are undermined and
economies grind to a halt.
The EU's emphasis on free markets and deregulation in the last two
decades was a crucial factor in causing the current crisis. This
Deregulation of the financial markets, allowing a
credit-fuelled bubble that collapsed in 2008, and which boosted
the powers of speculators
The single currency which exacerbated the differences
between stronger and weaker economies
The drive for liberalisation and 'competitiveness' which
left almost every sector of society exposed to market forces,
at the expense of social rights, environmental regulation
and public services.
These flawed policies were heavily influenced by corporate
lobbying, reflecting how big business had captured the
policy-making processes in Brussels and in member states.
Since 2008, billions of taxpayers' euros have been spent on saving
banks that had recklessly gambled on speculative markets,
transferring private debt to public debt. Following the crisis,
the power of the financial lobbies - and their easy access to
decision-makers - has ensured that only limited regulation has
EU decision-makers pre-occupied with appeasing the financial
markets are now proposing and implementing new 'economic
governance' rules and a new EU treaty to support their "shock
doctrine". These measures challenge the core of democracy in
Europe, putting crucial decisions in the hands of technocrats. This
is the Europe of big banks and corporations which sidelines any
attempt at a 'Social Europe'.
There are encouraging signs of resistance. The indignados and
occupy movements, union strikes and demonstrations, mark a growing
rejection of the EU's free-market fundamentalism. These are
indicators of a different Europe emerging: a Europe that
insists on democracy and refuses to be run by big business and
Since 1997, Corporate Europe Observatory has been working to
expose and counter the influence of corporations that is
distorting democracy and undermining social and environmental
protection. The urgency of discussing workable alternatives,
strategy and common actions at the European level has never been
more evident. Join us to celebrate our 15^th anniversary in a
two-day conference in Brussels with movements from across Europe to
strengthen progressive responses to the EU's crisis. The
conference will be in English with translations into French and
Registrations for this conference will open later in February.
Watch this space for more information
http://www.corporateeurope.org/EU-in-crisis-conf or email
conference2012 at corporateeurope.org
<mailto:conference2012 at corporateeurope.org> to get an alert when
booking has started.
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