The Covid‑19 pandemic challenges humanity: REFOUNDING A EUROPE OF SOLIDARITY!

19 October 2020

Culture Group Organiser Joesph Healy would like to bring to members’ attention the cultural element of the European Forum 2020, which this year is called ‘No future without culture’.

The European Forum 2020 is a unique space where the left, greens and progressives can come together and share their struggles. The Forum wants to formulate, and fight for, alternative, fairer and green solutions to the crisis facing Europe.

This year’s Forum will be held completely online between the 8th and 28th November. The event is completely free of charge. Registration can be found here.

8 November 16:00 – 18:30
Alexis Tsipras (former Prime Minister, Greece) (TBC)
Catarina Martins (coordinator of Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)
COP Glasgow 2021 (TBC)
European Green Party (TBC)
Heinz Bierbaum (President of the Party of the European Left)
Jean-Luc Mélenchon (MP La France Insoumise) (TBC)
John Mc Donnell (Labour, ex Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, UK)
Manon Aubry and/or Martin Schirdewan (Co-Chair of the GUE/NGL)
Mary Lou McDonald (President of the Sinn Féinn Ireland)
Minister from the Spanish Government
Nora Mebarek (MEP Socialist Party, France) (TBC)
Speech of the European Foundations (Green European Foundation (GEF), Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and transform! europe) (TBC)
Thierry Bodson (President of the FGTB, Belgium)
Tibor Szanyi (IGEN, Hungary)
Cori Bush (Presumptive incoming Member of Congress, USA) (TBC)
Lula da Silva (ex President of Brazil) (TBC)
Maite Mola (Vice President of the Party of the European Left)

11 November 18:00 – 20:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
News from the frontline: fighting racism and the far-right during the pandemic
Diane Abbott (MP, Former British shadow Home Secretary, UK)
Fabian Figueiredo (Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)
Fundacja Naprzód, Poland (TBC)
La Desbanda, Spain (TBC)
Maria Spiliotopoulou (Syriza, Greece)
Ulrich Schneider (VVN-BDA, Germany)
Moderation: Kate Hudson (Left Unity, UK)

12 November 18:00 – 20:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
The experience of the Covid-19 crisis: the future of health in Europe
Cornelia Möhring (MP Die Linke, Germany) (TBC)
Cuban Doctors Brigade (TBC)
Joan Benach (Professor at University of Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain)
Karystinaki Fotini (Greek nurse, Board of the workers’ union in Evangelismsm Hospital)
Loïc Pen (emergency doctor, France)
Saila Ruuth (State Secretary for the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland)
Tugdual Le Lay (responsable Europe of Générations) 
Vittorio Agnoletto (Truth and justice, Italy)
Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB)

13 November 12:00 – 14:00 – Workshop (Women Assembly)
Physical violence

14 November 10:00 – 19:00 – Workshop (Transform)
The Radical Left in a Pandemic World: Perspectives from Europe

17 November 17:00 – 19:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
International trade between climate change and pandemic: what solutions facing free trade?

19 November 18:00 – 20:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
Global Warming: what priorities for a fair and inclusive ecological transition?
Asbjørn Wahl (Trade-Unionist, Norway)
David Cid (MP Catalunya en Comu)
Federation of Young European Greens
Inger V. Johansen (Red-Green Alliance, Denmark)
Jens Holm (MP of the Left Party, Sweden) (TBC)
Lorenz Gösta Beutin (MP Die Linke, Germany) (TBC)
Marisa Matias (MEP Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)

20 November 16:00 -18:00 – TRANSFORM WORKSHOP
Christian-Marxist Dialogue on Achieving Ecological Ecumenism

21 November 17:00 – 20:00
CULTURE ASSEMBLY – No future without Culture

23 November 18:00 – 20:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
What global security for European solidarity and world peace?
Akel, Cyprus (TBC)
Federation of Young European Greens
Giorgos Katrougalos (MP SYRIZA, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece)
Reiner Braun (Co Président International Peace Bureau, Germany)
Turkey (TBC)
Moderation: Katerina Anastasiou (transform) and Axel Ruppert ( Rosa Luxemburg Foudnation)

24 November 16:00 – 18:00
TRADE UNIONISTS ASSEMBLY: The coronacrisis and its effects on trade unions

24 November 18:30 – 21:00

25 November 18:00 – 20:00 – WORKSHOPS (Transform and Rosa Luxembourg Foundation)
How is security debated within Europe’s Left and progressive forces? Considerations for a new Left concept of security

26 November 18:00 – 20:00 – THEMATIC FORUM
What new model for production and work facing the explosion of unemployment?
Edouard Martin (ex MEP S&D, France) (TBC)
Fabien Roussel (National Secretary of the French Communist Party)
Gianni Rinaldini (ex-General Secretary of FIOM, Italy)
Károly György (International Secretary of Hungarian Alliance of Trade Unions)
Luc Triangle (General Secretary of industriAll)
MEP Greens/EFA (TBC)
Victoria Velásquez (MP of the Red-Green Alliance, Denmark) (TBC)

Presentations of the conclusions of the debates and presentation of the final declaration
Dimítrios Papadimoúlis (MEP Syriza, Vice-President European Parliament, Greece) (TBC)
Ernest Urtasun (MEP Greens/EFA) (TBC)
Jose Luis Centella (President of the PCE, Spain)
Julie Steendam (Citizen committee of the Right2Cure campaign, Belgium)
Manon Aubry and/or Martin Schirdewan (Co-Chair of the GUE/NGL) (TBC)
Minister from the Spanish Government
Monica Valente (Forum de São Paulo) (TBC)
Pierre Laurent (Vice-President of the Party of the European Left)

To be confirmed
GUE/NGL SEMINAR on Migration
GUE/NGL SEMINAR on Environment

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