Building an other Europe – The time to act is now!

changeeuropeMeeting of European social, trade union and political movements
Athens – 02.05.2015

More than 60 people representing around 40 organizations (networks, trade unions, parties, social platforms, see the list below) attended the meeting called by several European networks. We do not pretend to represent all European social movements. We just decided to join our forces to work together for the action mentioned below. We call all other interested organizations to join us in this effort. In a more long term, we are interested in doing a step forward creating a European Front against Austerity and for Democracy.

The Greek struggle is our struggle: We will try to link the “Greek question” – since we all are concerned and the demands of the Greek people and government are convergent with the movements’ aims to change Europe – as a transversal question with all the struggles, movements and initiatives taking place during the next 2 months all over Europe. A call coming from Greece and a common logo will be the supports for this inter-linked campaign.
The participants of the Athens meeting 2 May call all movements, unions, political forces to contribute to that mobilization.

1. Campaign towards the Week of action

We have to launch as soon as possible a European campaign in solidarity with Greece and as a common struggle against austerity culminating in a European week of decentralized action in June (from 20th to 26th of June). We have also to be flexible if crucial political moments before.

In order to give strength to this initiative, it is now very important to build strong national coordinations.

Three key moments for the week of action:

  • a start of the week in accordance with the Athens meeting of concrete solidarity networks, the divulgation of the first conclusions of the Debt Audit Commission and the international day of refugees on 20th of June, an idea still to be decided on is to combine different EU issues in a demonstration in Berlin. Other proposals : press conference? Symbolic European action?
  • decentralized and visible actions in Europe, diversity and originality of action ;
  • an international political event in Athens on 27th of June (on labour issues?).

A Call will be sent by our Greek comrades as well as a logo to be used in all our activities on the coming weeks (connecting issues).

In order to facilitate the preparation of our campaign we set up on the basis of the declaration of the German trade unions (Greece after the Elections – not a Threat but an opportunity for Europe) and the call of the AlterSummit („Give Greece a chance„) a coordination committee consisting of both the European actors and the coordination groups in the different countries. The week of action and the political event will be publicly advertised on behalf of networks, organisations (maybe even personalities) who endorse the call but not the coordination group whose mandate will expire in July.

2. Communication/information/explanation work

We need to have and spread correct information coming from Greece (and about the negotiation process) ; we need to build a narrative going beyond « Solidarity with Greece » to « It is also our struggle » ; we need to spread counter arguments to those of EU institutions & Co ; we need to react quickly when something important happens ; we need to have an effective media strategiy;

To partially respond these needs, a website is now launched : www.change4all.eu
You can fill the website with information coming from your country. Do not hesitate to send information to contact@change4all.eu or anastasiou@transform-network.net

But we need more in terms of communication ! Specially for the week of action.

3. Marchas de la Dignidad Europa

Converging Marches from different European countries to Brussels : against austerity, TTIP, fiscal heavens and for democracy were proposed by the Spanish Attac representatives.
There is a consensus about the importance and the utility of this action but the dates proposed (end August, beginning September) seems not to match very well.
-> More discussions and mobilization are needed.
A good date for a final action in Brussels could be on 15th of October (day of action of Belgian platforms to disturb the European Council meeting).

4. International Conference of Solidarity 4 All

Gathering all concrete solidarity actions/grass roots movements in a big event in Greece.
Will be finally in Autumn. More news soon.

5. International citizen conference on debt

The place is not decided yet as well as the form of the event.
Probably around October.

6. Towards a European Front against Austerity and for Democracy…

To make a step forward, the idea of creating a Front has been launched. The attendance was very interested in such a proposal. Can be a space for political debates.

Building a front is

  • building common shared political analysis/background and European demands
  • connecting with a maximum of social forces and going beyond our networks (citizens…)
  • connecting the initiative with national and local ones

It is an ambitious program, but the time has come to be ambitious!

Other possible dates to mobilize/discuss/meet (introduced by participants of the meeting)
8th of May : 70 years of the end of WWII
30/31 of May : Forum of Alternatives in Paris
9/10/11 of June : People’s Summit in Brussels (sidelines UE-Celac Summit)

List of participating organizations and countries

Organization, Country
Transform Austria, Greece, France
Blockupy Germany
Die Linke Germany
Izquierda Unida Spain
European Left Hungary, France, Italy
Attac Spain, France, Germany, Greece
Red Agua Publica Spain
ICTU Ireland
Solidarity 4 All Greece
Podemos Spain
Comisiones Obreras Spain
CIG Spain
Syriza Greece
Association of Cancer Patients Athens KEFI Greece
European Alternatives Italy
Network for Political and Social Rights Athens Greece
EKA Greece
Solidarité Santé France/Greece
Fiom/CGIL Italy
GGIL Italy
Fondation Copernic France
FGTB Wallonne Belgium
CADTM Belgium
Socialistische Partij Netherlands
Ecologists Greens Greece
Euromemo Group Greece
Federation of Tax Employees Greece
Society Culture of Peace Germany
LO I Oslo Norway
No to EU Norway
TUNE-Network, Union of Municipal Employee Norway
Nico Poulantzas Institute Greece
ARCI Italy
Solidaires France
Alter Summit Belgium

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