Alternatives for the European Year of Water

Alternatives for the European Year of Water































6th March 2012 9H15-12H30 European Parliament ASP 1 G 2

8h45 – 9h15 Registration

9h15 – 10h15

PANEL 1 – The Global geo-strategic importance of water in the 21st century

The role of “Blue Gold” in world politics.

Chairperson: Rosario Crocetta MEP (Italy, S&D) 6’ opening remarks

Joao Ferreira MEP (Portugal, GUE NGL) 10’

Larbi Bouguerra 12’ (Honorary Professor at the Science Faculty of the University of Tunis, Associated Professor of Environment at the International University of Alexandria, Egypt)

The role of water in the Arab Spring

Penny Clarke (European Federation of Public Service Unions) 8’

Water Liberalisation in the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)

10h15 – 12h30

PANEL 2 – Alternatives for the European Year of Water

Public water and democracy: the first casualty of austerity measures.

Chairperson: Marie-Christine Vergiat MEP (France, GUE) 6’ opening remarks

Gabriella Zanzanaini (Food & Water Europe) 5’

Presentation of FAME

Heide Rühle MEP (Germany, Greens/ALE) 10’

Jorge Fael (Portugal, Agua de Todos campaign) 15’

Presentation of Agua de Todos campaign and the situation in Portugal

Valerio Balzametti (Italy, Forum Italiano dei Movimenti per l’Acqua and the situation in Italy) 15’

Athanasios Tzakris (Greece, Initiative 136 Thessaloniki) 15’

Presentation of Initiative 136 Thessaloniki and the situation in Greece



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