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

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