No to privatisations and profit making in the welfare sector

No to privatisations and profit making in the welfare sector





























No to privatisation and profitmaking in the welfare sector
Political alternatives by the left

Wednesday 5 September 2012, 15.00-18.30

European Parliament, Brussels (Room ASP 1G2)

(Interpretation will be available in: EN/FR/DE/SV/EL/PT)


15.00-15.20 Opening by Gabi Zimmer, Die Linke (Germany), President of the GUE/NGL


Welcome address by Mikael Gustafsson, Swedish Left party, Vice-Chair of GUE/NGL and President of the EP Committee on Women´s Rights and Gender Equality


15.20-15.50 Roundtable 1: The financial crisis and its impact on the welfare sector: A macro-economic overview and country-specific examples

– Marisa Matias, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal
– Kathryn Reilly, Senator and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Sinn Féin, Ireland
– Representative from SYRIZA, Greece
– John Hörnquist, Left party, Sweden

15.50-16.10 Questions and discussion


16.10-16.30 Break


16.30-17.15 Roundtable 2: The new surges of privatisations and liberalisation in the welfare sector

The voices of experts and civil society
– Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR, European NGO network
– Ariane Rodert, Social Services Europe


17.15-18.20 Questions and Contributions from the floor


18.20-18.30 Conclusions by Mikael Gustafsson

For more information please contact:

GUE/NGL Press Contact:

Gianfranco Battistini

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Conference contact:

Azadeh Jafari

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 +32 (0)2 284 2043