Worldwide resistance and alternatives to free trade


Wednesday 7 December 2016

Conference, European Parliament, Brussels, 14:30, room ASP1G2

(Interpretation: FR, DE, IT, NL, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, FI, SV, CS)

Introductory words: Gabi Zimmer, President GUE/NGL

Panel 1:  Why we oppose free trade deals, lessons from different parts of the world:
Moderated by MEP Stelios Kouloglou, Greece

– Jane Nalunga, Southern & Eastern Africa Trade Information & Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), Uganda
– Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO – America’s Unions, USA
– Luciana Ghiotto, Attac:TNI, Argentina
– Toni Salvador, Philippine campaign, The Philippines


Panel 2:   Building alternatives to FTAs:
Moderated by MEP Eleonora Forenza, Italy

– Emiliano Brancaccio, Sannio University, Italy
– Manuel Perez-Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington
– Delmah Ndhlovu, Zimbabwe Small holder Organic Farmers Forum, Via Campesina
– Sergi Corbalan, Fair Trade Advocacy Office


Panel 3:  The way forward to consolidate alternatives
Moderated by MEP Helmut Scholz, Germany

– Anna Cavazzini, Campact anti-TTIP campaign, Germany
– Jorge Marchini, Foundation for Latin-American integration. /CADTM AYNA, Argentina
– Adriana Espinosa, Researcher on transnational enterprises and human rights, Spain

Concluding words: Brid Brenan, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam, and Kateřina Konečná, MEP, Czech Republic

Thursday 8 December 2016

Workshops & Plenary, multiple city locations, 9:00-13:00
Workshop 1:  
9:00-11:00 “Alternatives to TiSA” with MEPs Stelios Kouloglou and Helmut Scholz
L’Horloge du Sud 2d floor, 141 rue du Trône 1050 Ixelles (Bus 95)

Workshop 2:
9:00-11:00 “Trade and sustainable farming” with MEP Matt Carthy
Centre des Chartreux, room Jesse Owens, 70 rue des Chartreux, 1000 Brussels (Bus 95)
Workshop 3:
9:00-11:00 “UN Treaty Corporate companies and Human Rights” with MEP  Anne-Marie Mineur & Adriana Espinoza
Hotel Atlas, 30 Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, 1000 Brussels (Bus 95)

Closing plenary:
11:30 – 13:00: L’Horloge du Sud, 2d floor, 141 rue du Trône 1050 Ixelles (Bus 95 and bus 12 connecting to the Airport)


The current debate over CETA and TTIP in Europe, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, and the federal election campaign in the United States, among others, have highlighted how many people, in the both Southern and Northern  countries as well, are deeply concerned about free trade.

Deals like TTIP, CETA, TPP, TiSA, the EPAs, and EU bilateral free trade deals with Japan, Tunisia, Singapore, Mercosur (…) are facilitating an unprecedented level of power for multinational companies; the concentration of wealth among ‘the one per cent’; the liberalisation of public goods and services; an absurd division of labour; the ‘race to the bottom’ of endless and senseless competition; and favouring foreign investors. The neoliberal model of trade and economics is offering no future for those who cannot fit into this model or those who don’t accept exploitation and environmental destruction.

The more these deals and their consequences are imposed on people, the more opposition grows. While the far right is attempting to capitalise politically on this discontent without providing any credible and democratic solutions, progressive organisations and individuals are building real alternatives and fairer approaches to trade are rapidly expanding.

Across all continents, social movements and progressive political forces are organising more and more effectively against free trade agreements, the power of corporations and speculative investors. Millions of people are standing up to defend public health; public services; democracy; cultural diversity; sustainable and autonomous energy; small, medium and cooperative farming; the precautionary principle; the commons; the right of all countries to protect sensitive sectors of their economies; and the free movement of people. Millions of fair and sustainable alternatives based on principle of democracy and solidarity are emerging to replace the current unfair trade model.

GUE/NGL is organising this Conference to facilitate dialogue and coordination among the organisations and individuals who are resisting free trade and building better alternatives for people and for the planet. 

Registration: HERE                       Contact : [email protected]

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Dans le monde entier, résistances et alternatives au libre-échange

Parlement européen, Bruxelles, le 7 Décembre 2016 à 14:30, salle ASP1G2

(Interpretation: FR, DE, IT, NL, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, FI, SV, CS)


Introduction: Gabi Zimmer, Présidente du groupe GUE/NGL

Premier débat:  Notre opposition au libre-échange, dans diverses parties du monde :
Moderation: Stelios Kouloglou, Député européen, Grèce

– Jane Nalunga, Institut pour l’information sur le commerce et les négociations d’Afrique du Sud et de l’Est (SEATINI), Uganda
– Celeste Drake, Confédération syndicale AFL-CIO, États-Unis
– Luciana Ghiotto, Attac:TNI, Argentine
– Toni Salvador, Campagne contre le libre-échange des Philippines

Panel 2:   La construction d’alternatives au libre-échange:
Moderation: Eleonora Forenza, députée européenne, Italie

– Emiliano Brancaccio, Université Sannio, Italie
– Manuel Perez-Rocha, Institut pour les études politiques (IPS), Washington
– Delmah Ndhlovu, Association de petits fermiers bios du Zimbabwe, Via Campesina
– Sergi Corbalan, Bureau de liaison pour le commerce équitable, Bruxelles

Panel 3:  Mieux s’organiser pour consolider les alternatives:
Modération: Helmut Scholz, député européen, Allemagne

–  Anna Cavazzini, Campagne Campact contre le TTIP, Allemagne
– Jorge Marchini, Fondation pour l’intégration latino-américaine, /CADTM AYNA, Argentine
–  Adriana Espinosa, Chercheur sur les entreprises transnationales et les droits humains, Espagne

Conclusions : Brid Brenan, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam et Kateřina Konečná, députée européenne (République Tchèque)

Jeudi 8 Décembre de 9:00 à 13:00 ateliers (dans la ville) :
Atelier 1:  
9:00-11:00 “Alternatives au TiSA” avec les députés Stelios Kouloglou et Helmut Scholz

L’Horloge du Sud 1er étage, 141 rue du Trône 1050 Ixelles (Bus 95, tram 81)
Atelier 2:
9:00-11:00 “Commerce et agriculture soutenable” avec le député Matt Carthy
Centre des Chartreux, room Jesse Owens, 70 rue des Chartreux, 1000 Brussels (Bus 95, tram 81)
Atelier 3:
9:00-11:00 “Le traité des Nations unies sur les multinationales et les Droits Humains” avec les députées  Anne-Marie Mineur & Adriana Espinoza

Hotel Atlas, 30 Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, 1000 Brussels (Bus 95, tram 81)

Plènière de clôture:
11:30 – 13:00: L’Horloge du Sud, 2ème étage, 141 rue du Trône 1050 Ixelles (Bus 95 et bus 12 vers l’Aéroport)



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