11th International Conference on “the European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds”

11th International Conference on “the European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds”

This conference will be live streamed

Wednesday:  http://eventstream.streamovations.be/european-union-turkey-middle-east-kurds-10-dec.php


Thursday:  http://eventstream.streamovations.be/european-union-turkey-middle-east-kurds-11-dec.php


Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th December 2014 – Room ASP 1G2

European Parliament, Brussels (B)

Interpretation available in Turkish, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish

Conference's Patrons:

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

Bianca Jagger

Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador

Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, UK

Professor Noam Chomsky

Writer, USA

Yasar Kemal

Writer, Turkey

Vedat Turkali

Writer, Turkey

Leyla Zana

European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey



Wednesday, 10th December 2014, 15.00-16.00

Opening Session

Prof. Kariane WESTRHEIM, EUTCC Chairwoman, Norway

MEP Ms Gabi ZIMMER, Chairwoman of the European United Left – Nordic Green

     Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament

Mr. Adem UZUN, Executive Member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)


Wednesday, 10th December 2014, 16.00-18.30

Panel I

Strengthening the Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process:

A New Chance for Turkey and the Region


Judge Essa MOOSA, IPRI, South Africa

Ms. Dersim DAGDEVIREN, President of KURD-AKAD, Germany

The Road Map for Real Negotiations 

Prof Dr. Hans-Joachim GIESMANN, Director of Berghof Foundation, Germany

The Role of Abdullah Ocalan in the Peace Process 

MP Ms. Pervin BULDAN, Group-spokeswoman of HDP in the Turkish Parliament, Turkey

EU Policy Towards the Kurds in Europe


The Peace Process and Turkish Civil Society 

    Mr. Huseyin YAYMAN, Journalist, Turkey

New Developments in the Region and the Peace Process 

Ms. Arzu YILMAZ, PhD, Ankara University, Turkey

EU Contribution and Obstacles for the Solution of the Kurdish Issue – Delisting the PKK from the Anti-terror List

Ms. Marieke van EIK, Lawyer, Prakken d’Oliveira, The Netherlands

Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants

Thursday, 11th December 2014, 09.30 – 13.00

Panel II

What are the Alternatives to the Chaos in the Middle East? 

Security, Stability and Welfare in the Region


Prof. Michael GUNTER, EUTCC Secretary General, United States

Mr. Osman KAVALA,  Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Turkey

The Iraqi Crisis, ISIS and the Kurdistan Region 

    Prof. Abbas VALI, Bogazici University, Turkey

Suraqiland and the Shifting Paradigms in the Middle East 

    Ms. Ofra BENGIO, Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel

West-Kurdistan, ISIS and the Assad Regime

    Ms. Bahar SIMSEK, PhD candidate Ankara University, Turkey

The Kurdish Multi-Ethnic and Sectarian Solutions 

Mr. Salih MUSLIM, Co-President of PYD, Rojava-Syria

Possible Contributions of the EU for Peace, Stability and Security in the Middle East 

    Ms. Fréderike GEERDINK, Journalist, The Netherlands

EU Policy in the Middle East and Kurdistan 

    MEP Ms. Bodil CEBALLOS, Greens/European Free Alliance Group in the EP

       Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants


Thursday, 11th December 2014, 15.00 – 17.30

Panel III

Responsibilities for Resolving the Crisis in the Middle East


Mr. Jürgen KLUTE, former GUE/NGL MEP, Germany

Ms. Asli AYDINTASBAS, Journalist, Turkey

The EU-Turkey Relationship and the Kurdish Issue 

Dr. Phil. Günter SEUFERT, SWP Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany

The Paris Murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Saylemez:  Two Years Later 

    Me Antoine COMTE, Lawyer, France

Radical Islam in the Middle East 

    Ms. Sirin PAYZIN, Journalist, Turkey

Women’s Perspectives for the Solution to the Crisis 

    Ms. Gonul KAYA, Kurdish Women Movement Representative

The Expectations and Plights of the West 

    Dr. Michael RUBIN, American Enterprise Institute, United States

Kurdish Contribution to a New Democratic Turkey based on Unity of Diversities     

    MP Mr. Selahattin DEMIRTAS, Co-President of HDP, Turkey

Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants


Thursday, 11th December 2014, 17.30 – 18.30

Resolution & Final Remarks

EUTCC Board Members

Mr. Francis WURTZ, Former President of GUE/NGL Group in the EP

MP Mr. Nazmi GUR, Vice-President of the HDP, Turkey



For more information please contact:

Maj Aslett-Rydbjerg TEL: +32 228 41455
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GUE/NGL press contact:  Gianfranco Battistini + 32 475 646628

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