To mark the EU Italian Presidency, the GUE/NGL Group is organising its Study Days in Florence, Italy, from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th November at Palazzo degli Affari, Piazza Adua 1.

The event will focus on four main themes: youth and precariousness; neoliberal challenges to culture; TTIP and international trade policies; and asylum policies and migration (see programme below).

The meeting will be an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and the development of joint projects with civil society, trade unionists and activists.

All meetings are open to the press.

The GUE/NGL group is made up of 52 MEPs from across Europe working for peace, solidarity, social justice, equality, democracy and human rights in Europe and beyond. It is the only gender balanced group in the European Parliament.

GUE/NGL Press Contacts in Florence:
Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20
Gianfranco Battistini + 32 475 646 628

Firenze Fiera, Palazzo degli Affari, 1st floor
Piazza Adua 1, 50123 Florence

Draft Programme
Interpretation: DE – EN – IT – GR – FR – ES –  PT

TUESDAY 18th November (morning session)

Opening of the meeting and welcome
Gabi ZIMMER, President of the GUE/NGL Group

Europe and austerity, precariousness and unemployment – young people's contribution toward a new development model
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Maurizio LANDINI, Secretary General of FIOM Trade Union (Federazione Impiegati Operai Metallurgici)
Emiliano BRANCACCIO, Economist – Sannio University

Coffee break

Focus on youth
Introduction by Patrick LE HYARIC, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Claudio RICCIO, ACT (Agire – costruire – trasformare) network
Sandro GOBETTI, Coordinator of Basic Income Network – Italy
Gaia LEISS, Researcher, Member of “Collettivo Effenove”

13.00 – 15.00
Break (free time for lunch)

TUESDAY 18th November (afternoon session)

The new challenges to culture
Introduction by Curzio MALTESE, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Nadia URBINATI – Columbia University, Professor of Political sciences
Giuliano GARAVINI – Member of the “Coordination of Precarious workers in University”

Is European cultural heritage at risk? The impact of budget cuts on cultural goods
Salvatore SETTIS
– former director of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, founding member of the European Research Council

16.30 – 16.45
Coffee break

16.45 – 18.30
Continuation of the panel

Carlo FRECCERO – television writer, communications expert.

WEDNESDAY 19th November

9.30 – 11.00
Reframing migration and asylum policies: from  border surveillance to migrants and asylum seekers rights approach

FRONTEX and European migration and asylum policies
Introduction by Cornelia ERNST, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Fulvio VASSALLO PALEOLOGO – Palermo University, Professor of Law.  Expert of immigration and asylum policies
Annamaria RIVERA – Bari University, Professor of Social Anthropology.  Anti-racist activist
Francesco PIOBBICHI – Journalist and Activist

11.00 – 11.15
Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00
International instability: Looking at the situation in countries of origin and transit
Introduction by Javier COUSO, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Enrico CALAMAI – former Italian Ambassador to Buenos Aires during the 70s, promoter of the Migrants International Tribunal
Sara PRESTIANNI – Migreurop
Domenico RIZZUTI – President of Italian–Tunisian Forum for Mediterranean Citizenship

13.00 – 15.00
Break (free time for lunch)

Wednesday 19th November (afternoon session)

15.00 – 16.30
Against TTIP and for another idea of international trade
Introduction by Helmut SCHOLZ, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Monica DI SISTO – Fairwatch Coordinator

16.30 – 16.45
Coffee break

16.45 – 18.30
The new architecture of international trade
Introduction by Anne-Marie MINEUR, MEP
Guests' and MEPs' contributions
Antonio TRICARICO – Re:Common campaign
Leopoldo TARTAGLIA – CGIL Trade Union – International Department
Mario PIANTA – Urbino University, Professor of Economic Policy – Sbilanciamoci campaign
Antonio CANTARO – Urbino University, Professor of Constitutional Law

Meeting with Italian militants (auditorium of the Palazzo degli Affari) – TBC

THURSDAY 20th November

9.00 – 10.30
Group meeting to prepare for the Strasbourg plenary session

10.30 – 10.45
Coffee break

 Palazzo dei Congressi: guided tour of the Galleria degli Uffizi e Corridoi Vasariano

14.30 Return to the hotel

16.00 Departure by bus to the airport

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