[fyeg_gen-l] EU In Crisis - Join us in Brussels May 5 & 6

Bruno Nicostrate brunonicostrate at yahoo.fr
Wed Feb 15 12:47:14 CET 2012


*Please forward to interested networks and movements.



**Sat­ur­day 5 - Sun­day 6 May 2012 : Mai­son des As­so­ci­a­tions 
In­ter­na­tionales, Brus­sels*

**Join us in a two-day con­fer­ence in Brus­sels with move­ments from 
across Eu­rope to strengthen pro­gres­sive re­sponses to the EU's 
cri­sis: *http://www.corporateeurope.org/EU-in-crisis-conf*

*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 
Etxezarreta 
<http://blogs.publico.es/dominiopublico/category/miren-etxezarreta/>, 
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).

*

Francais 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_FR.pdf>  
| Deutsch 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/Einladung%20auf%20deutsch.pdf>  
| Espanol 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_ES.pdf>  
| Portugues 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_PT.pdf>  
| Nederlands 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/Lees%20deze%20uitnodiging%20in%20het%20Nederlands_0.pdf>  
| English 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_EN.pdf>  
| Italiano 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_IT.pdf>  
| ???????? 
<http://www.corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/EUincrisis_EL_0.pdf>


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 
in­cluded:

  *

    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 
been in­tro­duced.

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 
tech­nocrats.

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 
Span­ish pro­vided.

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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