Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Adam Ostolski: Ökologie ist in Polen ein mühsames Geschäft

Friedemann  Kohler: Herr Ostolski, war Polen ein guter Gastgeber für die Weltklimakonferenz?

Adam Ostolski: Die Konferenz hat leider die Befürchtung der ökologischen Bewegung bestätigt, dass Polen in der Klimapolitik keine positive Rolle spielt. Die Regierung verfolgte ein Alles oder Nichts. Sie wollte erreichen, dass alle Staaten der Welt sich in der Klimapolitik einigen – sonst lohnt es sich nicht, etwas zu tun. Polen verwarf damit das Konzept von Vorreiterschaft, dass einige Staaten, zum Beispiel die Europäische Union ehrgeizigere Ziele verfolgen als andere. Zweitens hat Polen die Klimakonferenz benutzt, um Lobbyarbeit für Kohleenergie zu betreiben.

Friedemann  Kohler: Warum ist Kohle so wichtig für die polnische Wirtschaft?

Es gibt Gründe, sich für polnische Kohle einzusetzen. Fast 90 Prozent unserer Energie stammt aus fossilen Brennstoffen. Polen hat eigene Braunkohle, und die Förderung lohnt sich. Steinkohle müssen auch wir importieren. Kohle zu beschränken würde große Verwerfungen in der Wirtschaft bedeuten, nicht nur im Bergbau, sondern auch in den Kraftwerken und anderen Branchen. Es fragt sich aber, ob die polnische Regierung zurecht so stark auf die Kohle setzt.

Selbst wir als polnische Grüne wollen keinen sofortigen und vollständigen Abschied von der Kohle. Wir wollen aber, dass die Regierung die ersten Schritte in die richtige Richtung macht. Das wäre ein Modernisierung des Leitungsnetzes, denn etwa die Hälfte der Energie geht beim Transport verloren.

Energiesparen ist überhaupt ein wichtiges Thema beim Klimaschutz, und das würde keineswegs einen sofortigen Ausstieg aus der Kohle bedeuten. Aber wenn man den Klimawandel leugnet und gar nichts tut, muss später alles auf einmal geschehen, und dann werden die gesellschaftlichen Kosten riesig sein.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Bartłomiej Kozek: Poland doesn't give a damn

Until COP 19 started, everything looked quite promising. Intense preparations for heated debates, new and interesting publications on politics of climate change, even some social mobilisation could be felt in the air. Quite surprisingly for myself even the Lutheran church, to which I went, greeted international delegates from the Climate Summit with a sermon on God’s creation, presented by a protestant bishop from Norway. A chance to (finally!) discuss and question the stance of the Polish centre-right government on climate and energy issues on a broader scale seemed possible.

Well, think again... - writes Bartłomiej Kozek in the Green European Journal.


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Zielone Wiadomości (Green News) on climate and politics

A special English-language issue of the Zielone Wiadomości devoted to climate and politics was published during the COP 19 in Warsaw. Click on the image to download the .pdf.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Green events at the COP19

1. Energy transition - necessity or chance? Three cases: Germany, France, Poland
Thursday, 14 November

2. Citizens' energy for a good climate
Friday 15 November & Saturday 16 November

3. March for Climate and Social Justice
Saturday, 16 November



Energy transition - necessity or chance? Three cases: Germany, France, Poland

Thursday, 14 November, 2pm - 6:30pm
Warsaw, Poland, pl. Defilad (special temporary construction of the City of Warsaw)

In the face of resource depletion and advancing climate change, energy transition towards sustainable/low carbon energy is becoming a necessity. Such a transition can also be an opportunity - to increase economic competitiveness and create jobs, to improve the quality of life through a cleaner environment, etc. However, this process should be based on a large public debate, in which citizens are an equal partner in a comprehensive and transparent discussion on the future of energy and on the way of life we want to pass on to future generations.

The climate summit in Warsaw provides an opportunity to promote the energy transitions of EU pillar countries such as France and Germany.

For Germany, the abandonment of nuclear energy and the development of renewable energy are the most important. In France, the debate is ongoing, but the orchestration and ambition of the debate itself is worth promotion.  New ideas, like “circular economy," enter the debate to show that energy transition is just the beginning of profound systemic transformation that must happen in the future. Poland’s economy is based on coal, which is considered a national resource (even if more and more of the coal is imported). Poland’s transition to low-carbon energy seems to be possible mostly through energy efficiency, which we would like to promote.  We would also like to provide the Polish government the opportunity to share with the international public its ministerial vision of the energy future of Poland, in the context of climate change.

Source: http://energytransitioncop19.evenea.pl/

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Citizens' energy for a good climate
A Greens/EFA participatory conference about Poland and its future

Friday 15 November & Saturday 16 November
Palace of Culture and Science (IVth floor), Warsaw, Poland

At the next COP19, all eyes will be on Poland. Not only will the country have the chance to lead the UN climate negotiations and play a key role on the international stage, it will also have an opportunity to weight in the debate about the future of the European Union itself. For this reason, the Greens/EFA group organise a debate with both the Polish citizens and activists from around the world. Our aim is to give everybody an opportunity to express their views about the Polish, European and global choices about the future.

http://www.greens-efa.eu/citizens-energy-for-a-good-climate-10558.html

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March for Climate and Social Justice

Saturday, 16 November

This year’s international climate negotiations, the Conference of the Parties, take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11 to 22 November. During the middle weekend, on Saturday 16th, there will be a march under the heading “Just transition and decent work”. To show the negotiators that we’re still watching and still care, to show that we will not accept false solutions and to demand an agreement that is ecologically sustainable and socially just.

The March will start in the afternoon from the Palace of Culture and Science, in the historical centre of Warsaw, and will end at the National Stadium where the negotiations take place.

To make sure we get as many people there as possible the Belgian network, Climate and Social Justice, is organizing a train to Warsaw, like we did in 2009 for the March in Copenhagen. The train will leave from Brussels Friday 15th in the afternoon and can make extra stops in Aachen, Köln, Berlin and Poznán to pick up passengers. We’ll be back Monday 18th, early in the morning.

The ticket price for a round trip will depend on the number of passengers: if there are 500 people it would be 150 euro, from 750 onwards it would be 100. There won’t be a train for less than 500 people so register now and help us make this possible! We need you to book a seat on the train and spread the word.  This won’t happen without you!

More information on: train.climatejustice.eu

Source: Pusheurope.org.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

European Greens in solidarity with Piotr Ikonowicz

Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Greens / EFA) together with Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer (European Green Party) wrote to the President Bronisław Komorowski asking him to pardon tenants' rights activist Piotr Ikonowicz.


Friday, 18 October 2013

Adam Ostolski: Miners and Greens, unite!

In November 2013, we shall witness another climate conference (COP) – this time in Warsaw. It’s not hard to see the plan of Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk: it’s stopping the possibility of a global agreement that would force Poland to switch to renewable energy sources. Is there a chance that we can stop this? Yes, but only if we create a broad alliance against neoliberalism and for a just energy transition. In this endeavour, a crucial partner for ecologists could be miners.

Climate policy is the one policy area in which Donald Tusk’s right-wing government is impeccably consistent. Poland vetoed plans for a more ambitious climate policy of the European Union, is hesitant to implement the EU legislation on green energy or energy efficiency, and hampers global agreements regarding this issue. Talking climate to the Polish government is a Sisyphean task.

There is a good side to this – ecological circles seem to now understand that there is no use in trying to make the government change its mind. In effect they are starting talks with the miners. One striking example was a conference held in March 2012, called Black-Green Round Table, organised by Zielony Instytut (Green Institute) and the Trade Union of Miners in Poland (ZZG). Experts from both sides talked about Poland’s climate policy – a discussion which achieved some common points.

[read the full article in the Green European Journal]

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bartłomiej Kozek: Triumph of the German Mother

My friends tend to be surprised with the fascination that I share with one of my friends on social media. He regularly sends me pictures of the German Chancellor in everyday, yet funny, situations. Our enthusiasm explodes when we see photographs of her cutting meat for a traditional Turkish kebab or receiving a statue of a golden hen from her faithful electorate. We also analyse every colour of her two-piece suits and the energy that we feel emanating from her famous rhombus-shaped hands that featured in her CDU party’s election billboards.

Just to be absolutely clear – we feel that this in no way contradicts our progressive, green political views.

So are the political opinions of some of my friends, which in recent days surprised me with their appraisal of Merkel and the sense of stability she supposedly brings to Germany. Many analysts look with envy on the German economic model, its labour market reforms and the presence of a strong industrial base. If there is any criticism in the media for the CDU it is because of the perceived irrationality of the energy transition of our western neighbour. From time to time we therefore hear about people going to the woods to fetch some lumber, because the energy from wind or the sun it told to be extremely high. But – then again – the Germans are rich because of their protestant work ethic, which Merkel’s a symbol of, so they can afford to be extravagant (ecological awareness in a coal-based country is considered as such), can’t they?

[read the full article in the Green European Journal]

Friday, 13 September 2013

Greens and trade unions on Europe from below

Europe after the fiscal compact, education and health care as common goods and the issues of digital citizenship were among the topics discussed at the congress “Europe from Below”, co-organized by the Polish Green Party, the Polish Teachers' Union, and the National Union of Nurses and Midwives on 7th September. The congress took place in the old building of the Polish Teachers' Union in the Warsaw district of Powiśle.




The opening speeches were delivered by the co-leaders of the Polish Greens, Agnieszka Grzybek and Adam Ostolski, the president of the Polish Teachers' Union, Sławomir Broniarz, the president of the National Union of Nurses and Midwives, Lucyna Dargiewcz, and the director of the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Wolfgang Templin. “We need to build an open and solidary Europe,” said Agnieszka Grzybek in her opening speech. “We took our Europe away from nationalists and warmongers,” said Adam Ostolski, “and we won't give it back to them. But we allowed this Europe to be taken over by rating agencies and bureaucrats without imagination. We must give Europe back to its societies.”

The discussion “Europe after the fiscal compact” focused on the state of the European Union and Green alternatives. The moderator, Łukasz Moll (Greens) reminded that both parliamentary parties claiming to represent left-wing voters, Democratic Left Alliance and Palikot Movement, supported the fiscal compact without any conditions or hesitation. Francisco Padilla, adviser to the Greens in the European Parliament, present via Skype, explained the flaws in the current system of economic governance, christened by him a “self-defeating cocktail.” Agnieszka Grzybek (Greens) reminded that a genuine European Union needs a genuine budget, according to the Polish Greens it should be 20 per cent of the European GDP. Professor Leokadia Oręziak (Warsaw School of Economics) spoke about the creation of debt in the peripheries of the eurozone due to the “unfinished construction” of the single currency. She also spoke about the role of private pension funds in the creation of public debt in Poland. Her speech was received with a long ovation.

The next panel was devoted to education, it was moderated by Dorota Obidniak (Polish Teachers' Union). The discussion was both broad and deep: from the privatisation of education, through relations between education and labour market, to the role of education in resisting neoliberal arrangements. Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA MEP) said that education should not be reduced to training: education is not about preparing workforce for the labour market, but first of all about openness, curiosity of the world, and self-fulfilment. Professor Elżbieta Gajek (University of Warsaw) explained the challenges of new technologies in school: “What we need is a model of co-learning by students and teachers.“ “There is no crisis of education,” said Sławomir Broniarz (Polish Teachers' Union), “There is a crisis of education policies.” Danuta Kuroń (activist of Solidarity movement in the 1980s, now the founder of the Open University in Teremiski) reminded that there can be no change in the education system without a change in the political system. In the discussion, Łukasz Moll (Greens) said that it is not enough to be in public hand to be a truly public good, the education system needs to teach cooperation and create social bonds, instead of preparing students for a world of ruthless competition.




The discussion on healthcare focused on the relations between the needs of patients, the labour relations, and the system. Dr. Kinga Dunin (Medical University of Warsaw and Krytyka Polityczna) spoke about patients' rights and the unwillingness of the system to realize them. Lilianna Pietrowska (National Union of Nurses and Midwives) presented the results of her sociological research on how nurses in Poland perceive the problems of healthcare system. Ska Keller (Greens/EFA MAP) explained the disastrous impact of austerity policies on health and healthcare across Europe. Adam Ostolski (Greens) reminded that health in as human right, and this includes not only the right to healthcare, but first and foremost the right to healthy conditions of life and work, as inscribed already in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Both Green participants spoke also about alternatives to the present system of pharmaceutical patents; Ostolski reminded that the Polish Greens advocate full nationalization of pharmaceutical research.

The Internet and digital citizenship was the topic of the last panel. Two guests participated via Skype: Eleanor Saitta (OpenITP) and Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation). Saitta focused on the links between state and corporate opression in the context of growing surveillance, while Bauwens explained the relation between Internet and nature as different sorts of “commons.” Józef Halbersztadt (Internet Society Polska), Radosław Pietroń (Polish Pirate Party) and the moderator Bartłomiej Kozek (Zielone Wiadomości/Green News) discussed issues such as relations between technological change and political change, the right to access to network, and the role of the state in securing digital rights of people. After this last panel some of the participants moved to the protest against PRISM in front of the US Embassy in Warsaw.




The congress attracted over 200 participants from trade unions, social movements, as well as Green and left-wing milieus. A welcome surprise was the presence of the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish Parliament) Wanda Nowicka (independent). The daily Trybuna prepared a special pull-out devoted to the congress, and there were stalls of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Kontakt (magazine of young Catholic left), the Krytyka Polityczna, the Zgrzyt (local newspaper in the town of Zgierz), and the Zielone Wiadomości (Green News). There was a good, amicable atmosphere and, in the air, there was a palpable need of continuation.

More photos: click here.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Europe from Below


Europe from Below is a conference co-organized by the Polish Greens, the Polish Teachers' Union and the National Union of Nurses and Midwives in Warsaw, 7th September 2013.

Programme in English

11.00-11.30 Opening of the Congress and welcome speeches

11.30-13.00 Europe after the Fiscal Compact

In which direction is the European Union heading to? Is there a chance to build Europe oriented to the needs of its citizens, rather than banks and financial markets?

Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA MEP), Agnieszka Grzybek (Co-leader of the Polish Greens), Łukasz Moll (Greens, moderator), Leokadia Oręziak (Warsaw School of Economics)

13.00-13.30 - Lunch

13.30-15.00 - Education - a common good

All over Europe, austerity policies include cuts in education. Will education survive the present crisis? What reforms can we, and what reforms should we demand in response to the neoliberal policies?

Sławomir Broniarz (President of the Polish Teachers' Union), Elżbieta Gajek (Professor at the University of Warsaw), Danuta Kuroń (founder of the Open University in Teremiski), Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA MEP), Dorota Obidniak (Polish Teachers' Union, moderator)

15:00 - 15:15 - Coffee break

15.15-16.45 - We are all patients

There is a strengthening pression to privatize health care and limit access to health services, not only in countries affected by austerity. What are the consequences of such policies and how can we oppose it? What sort of health care harmonization should we demand on the EU level?

Kinga Dunin ("Political Critique", Medical University of Warsaw, moderator), Ska Keller (Greens/EFA MEP), Adam Ostolski (Co-leader of the Polish Greens), Lilianna Piotrowska (National Union of Nurses and Midwives)

16.45-17:00 - Coffee break

17:00-18.30 - Internet and digital citizenship

ACTA is down, but new threats to the freedom and privacy on the Internet are looming large. Negotiations on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership may bring about laws similar to those in the ACTA. The PRISM scandal revealed the extent to which citizens of Europe are already invigilated. How to oppose these tendencies and build a world where our digital rights would be safeguarded?

Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation), Józef Halbersztadt (Internet Society Polska), Bartłomiej Kozek ("Green News", moderator), Radosław Pietroń (Polish Pirate Party), Eleanor Saitta (Open Internet Tools Project, Geeks Without Bounds)

18.30-18.45 - Closing of the Congress

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Adam Ostolski: The crisis of European integration and social struggles

"The crisis of European integration and social struggles" - my lecture on transnational political education delivered at a conference of teachers' unions in Berlin, December 2012 - appeared in the publication "Trade union education for solidarity in Europe" prepared by IG Metall.


Friday, 8 March 2013

La Revue Durable: Enquête sur l’écologie en Pologne

De l’Oder au Bug, de la Baltique aux Carpates, les écologistes polonais se heurtent à des difficultés classiques, mais de façon peut-être encore plus aiguë qu’ailleurs : réussir à faire entendre les mauvaises nouvelles, convaincre qu’une autre forme de prospérité n’est pas juste une option alternative, mais une question de stabilité ou d’effondrement à l’horizon du siècle, parvenir à adopter, à l’échelle du pays, des modes de vie plus sains pour les écosystèmes et plus solidaires, faire advenir un cadre légal qui protège la qualité de vie des générations suivantes.

Partout en Pologne, en dehors des écologistes convaincus, la réaction est la même : « Donnez-nous du temps. Notre démocratie est encore jeune. Laissez-nous d’abord nous développer. » A cela, il faut rétorquer : « Non, non et non ! La Pologne est en démocratie depuis vingt-trois ans. C’est déjà plus que durant l’entre-deux-guerres (vingt et un ans) et c’est maintenant – ou jamais – qu’il faut cesser de considérer l’écologie comme un supplément d’âme, opérer un virage à 180 degrés, profiter de la manne budgétaire européenne qui n’aura pas de lendemain pour réorganiser la charpente énergétique, économique et sociale du pays afin de préparer l’avenir. »

Ce dossier exceptionnel de LaRevueDurable est un plaidoyer en faveur de l’écologie en Pologne, pays majeur de la construction européenne. C’est un acte de respect pour ce grand pays, en particulier pour ses femmes et ses hommes qui se battent pour le placer sur une autre trajectoire, durable et solidaire. LaRevueDurable l’a rédigé après y avoir effectué un voyage de cinq semaines durant l’été 2012 et à l’issue d’une longue enquête.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Green New Deal in Poland: The Social Dimension

In the fifth year of the comprehensive crisis we are facing, social questions have come to the top of the political agenda and the public debate in Europe. This Green European Foundation publication, initiated by Zielony Instytut and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Warsaw office, links the European level social policy goals to a concrete national example, Poland.

Two of the contributions to this publication ("Social Policy - An Introduction" by Ryszard Szarfenberg and "Social Policy - Green debates" by Bartłomiej Kozek) have been translated into English. They are available at the website of Green European Foundation.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Let's play for a better Europe!


We are joining the European Union in order to change it and have influence on the standards of living in the future common Europe.
Green Manifesto, 2003

LET’S PLAY FOR A BETTER EUROPE


When we were campaigning for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum on Poland’s accession into the European Union, we underlined that we were wanted to join the EU in order to help enact change. . We stressed that EU membership was first of all an opportunity to ensure Poland's sustainable development in its social, ecological and economic aspects. That it would be a chance for us to ensure social justice and solidarity, better protection of women’s rights and equal opportunities for women and men and to respect cultural diversity and the rights of minorities.

In 2009, when the first symptoms of the financial and economic crisis struck Europe, we stated in our European Manifesto that the European Union needed a change. Today Europe is suffering from multiple crises at the institutional level which is closely linked with a democractic deficit in the EU and rooted in the uncertainty and fear felt by many people due to thethe lack of social, economic and ecological security. It leads to increasing nationalistic and xenophobic attitudes in the European countries and hostility towards strangers and migrants. Neoliberal policies implemented in the recent years have made the dream of building a Europe free from poverty a distant one. Instead of a social union, we only have a monetary union. Instead of a democratic union, we have a technocratic entity which becomes less and less understandable for ordinary citizens who are losing their faith in the sense of the European project.

The EU needs a change! The problems which have been arising in the European countries – such as 30% level of poverty in the countries struck by the crisis, 50% unemployment among young people and the dismantling of social security – will not be solved by a new financial architecture of the European Union as embodied in the fiscal compact. Monetary policy narrowly focused on controlling inflation and fiscal discipline makes it impossible to implement anti-cyclical policies that would give a chance to create new green jobs and make sustainable investments.

Despite the lofty ideals of European integration, the EU became a battlefield of national interests which we could observe at the last EU Brussels Summit when the future EU budget for 2014-2020 was negotiated. Poland is unfortunately a discreditable example. Despite the social interest and common good, the Polish government has been blocking ambitious EU climate policies which could counteract climate change caused by the irrational exploitation of human behavior. The Crisis related to climate change is a reverse of the economic crisis. If we do not transform our economies from high- into low-carbon economies so troubles will only increase.

The proposed solution are policies combining economic security with social and ecological security, alongside a democratization of the European Union.

We do believe that a different Europe is possible – open and strong, founded on social and ecological solidarity. We do believe that sustainable development of Europe without crises from which everyone can benefit is possible. It must be based on the shift from the philosophy of growth based on the rapacious exploitation of natural and human resources to a philosophy of sustainable development. This aim can be achieved due to the ecological transformation of the economy.

We want Europe for ants and not for anteaters which is rooted in a vision of the following ten rules:

  1. The foundation of sustainable development is based upon four freedoms stated in the Atlantic Charter: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom from fear and freedom from want. A united Europe must embody these freedoms and guard them.

  2. Deeper integration can be achieved not by writing a new treaty, but by rebuilding citizenship in all its aspects: reclaiming civic, political and social citizenship. European institutions may not be less democratic than the institutions created in the nation states during the 20h century. Social citizenship needs to be defined at the European level – all Europeans shall exercise the same social rights.

  3. We shall be united not only by the memory of World War II, but we shall also be aware of challenges related to the climate crisis. Climate federalism means energetic solidarity, joint investments in the ecological transformation of the economy, independence from economic growth. The countries which are dependent mostly on carbon and may have difficulties shifting rapidly to a low-carbon economy shall be especially supported.

  4. Europe needs a more solid budget based on truly European taxes. The EU budget shall need to constitute 10-20% of EU GDP if we want to ensure EU stability and an adequate level of redistribution between different regions. It shall be spent on: a) ensuring all Europeans a minimum of social rights, b) research, especially searching for new medicines and developing renewable technologies, c) just transition towards low-carbon economy.

  5. United Europe needs a fundamental reform of the financial sector. The financial sector must serve the real economy, and not vice versa; and the economy must serve human needs, and not vice versa. In the countries suffering from growing public debt an audit shall be conducted by the citizens or public debt shall be cancelled. The European Central Bank shall be reformed: members of trade unions and environmental experts shall be a part of the council deciding on monetary policy. Keeping low inflation at any price cannot be the only goal of the European Central Bank. It shall take care of “economic justice, full employment and social security for all European citizens” (“10 ATTAC’s Rules for Democratic and Social Constitution”).

  6. Europe can be a continent of many currencies. There is a place not only for euro but also for local, regional and national currencies. We must free our imagination! Democracy, diversity and subsidiarity shall be taken into consideration while designing monetary system. Diversity makes the system more resilient. Subsidiarity favors democracy. Functions which are designed for a local currency cannot be imposed on a national currency and functions which are designed for a national currency cannot be imposed on the euro. A policy which helps to create currencies by local communities at the grassroot level shall be implemented. EU member states shall have a choice about whether they would like to keep their own national currency (or to bring it back) or adopt the euro as their basic currency. Separate nstitutions for the eurozone shall not be build except for those which are necessary from a purely technical point of view.

  7. A common economic zone in Europe shall favor localization of production and exchange. Europe shall not favor either social or ecological dumping or cthe ommodification of public services, but it shall create instruments which help to improve living standards.

  8. Freedom of speech means also open access to culture, open sources, wide and non-restricted access to Internet and patent laws which favor the common good and not the interests of big corporations.

  9. Europe shall support food sovereignty in the respective countries, regions and local communities. Instead of extensive agriculture we shall support smaller and more ecological farms. Europe shall be a continent free from GMO. The Common Agricultural Policy shall be reformed according to the proposal made by the European Movement for Food Sovereignty Nyéléni.

  10. Europe cannot close itself to migrants especially those who leave their countries in order to avoid persecutions. In accordance with the principles stated forth in the Atlantic Charter, Europe shall support fair trade instead of “free trade” in international negotiations.
Manifesto adopted at the 7th Congress of the Green Party, co-sponsored by Agnieszka Grzybek and Adam Ostolski.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart: Le VII Congrès du parti des Verts polonais

C'est avec plaisir que je partage avec mes amis francophones les résultats du VII Congrès du parti des Verts polonais. Le congrès a élu pour deux ans de nouvaux co-présidents (la parité statutaire oblige…): Agnieszka Grzybek et dr Adam Ostolski.



Agnieszka Grzybek commence ainsi son troisième mandat (deuxième consécutif), Adam Ostolski, sociologue, tête pensante et l’homme des compromis du parti, s’est porté candidat pour la première fois et a tout de suite eu confiance de la grande majorité des délegués présents. Tous les deux ont la même compréhension des thèmes stratégiques, entre autres la même vision de l’Europe.

"Nous avons besoin d'un débat honnête sur l'Europe”, a déclaré Adam Ostolski dans le communiqué officiel du partii émis après le congrès. „Au lieu de s’enfermer dans une fausse alternative „plus ou moins d’Europe", nous devrions enfin commencer à débattre de comment cette Europe doit être, de quelle Europe nous voulons et de ce que nous pourrions bâtir. Les Verts se prononcent en faveur de l’Europe des citoyens et des citoyennes, qui garantirait à tous les droits sociaux fondamentaux et la possibilité d'un développement durable. Nous sommes pour l'Europe qui ne met pas sur le dos des populations le coût de la crise provoquée par les banques. Pour l'Europe au budget fédéral solide et à l’ambitieuse politique de protection du climat. Nous invitons aujourd'hui toutes celles et tous ceux qui partagent cette vision de l'Europe, à travailler ensemble avec nous".

„Nous voulons convaincre les gens que la politique peut être différente. La crise qui frappe l'Europe depuis des années est le résultat des politiques irresponsables et non durables, fondées sur l'exploitation des ressources non renouvelables. Il est temps de rétablir l'équilibre. C'est pourquoi nous parlons de la nécessité de connecter la sécurité écologique avec la securité sociale et économique. Nous offrons le Green New Deal qui offre une vraie chance de surmonter la crise et d’assurer le développement durable”, a déclaré Agnieszka Grzybek. „La transformation écologique de l'économie créera des milliers d'emplois verts dans les secteurs liés à l'énergie renouvelable, à l'efficacité énergétique, aux transports publics, à la construction écologique. Une partie intégrante de cette réforme devrait être le développement des services de soins.”

Suite aux modifications du statut du partii, le nom officiel du partii a été changé: le nom „Zieloni 2004” (Les Verts 2004) devient un nom historique (toujours protégé) et le parti dorénavent porte le nom „Zieloni” (Les Verts). Le Bureau n’étant plus éligible par le Congrés, ce sont les co-présidents qui ont proposé sa composition, validée ensuite par le Conseil nouvellement élu. Ainsi le partii sera gouverné par une vraie équipe des gens qui s’entendent et qui ont la meme vision de la stratégie et des priorités. Souhaitons beaucoup de succès aux Verts polonais, notamment aux prochaines élections européennes.

Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart
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