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Brussels event: The People’s Tribunal

Two day event to analyse and expose EU policy measures since 2008 financial crisis

May 13, 2014
2 min read

Transnational Institute (TNI), Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Transform!, with the support of several European networks and organisations, are hosting a People’s Tribunal on EU Economic Governance on the 15 and 16 May in Brussels. The Tribunal will analyse and expose EU policy measures taken in response to the 2008 financial crisis by presenting their social consequences. A dozen witnesses from different European countries will provide testimonies as to how these policies impact in their country, for example:

  • Spanish anti-evictions campaign PAH
  • Greek neighbourhood solidarity initiatives
  • Portuguese dockworkers
  • German centre against precarious labour
  • Attac Hungary on the rise of neo-fascism
  • The testimonies of the witnesses will be complemented by analyses of the broader European context:

  • Jan Willem Goudriaan (EPSU) will cover the impact of EU policies on public services
  • Fintan Farrell (European Anti Poverty Network) will talk about the effects on poverty rates
  • Ronald Janssen (ETUC) will discuss the consequences for labour rights.
  • Based on what has been said by the witnesses and rapporteurs a verdict will be presented and then discussed by a judges panel which includes, amongst others, economist Miren Etxezarreta and Walter Baier from Transform! Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission, Marco Buti, has also been invited to provide a defence (presence TBC).
    The organisers of the People’s Tribunal invite you to what will be a unique event, providing for the first time a Europe-wide, on the ground assessment of the realities of EU austerity policies, across a broad cross section of countries and sectors. To register your attendance email here or here.

    The People’s Tribunal
    Thursday 15 May (14:00pm – 17:00pm)
    Friday 16 May (10:00am – 17:00pm)
    Rue Pletinckx 19
    Brussels
    Belgium


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