The Vice-President of the Greek Parliament Tasos Kourakis visited the European Parliament and the SYRIZA Delegation

Amongst the participants were the MEPs Konstadinka Kuneva, Dimitrios Papadimoulis and Stelios Kouloglou

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Debt in peripheral countries, cohesion policy, austerity and social inequalities, solidarity with the Greek people were on the agenda.

The GUE/NGL Group organised its Study Days in Athens, Greece, from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th of June at the InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel.

The event focused on several themes, including: debt in peripheral countries, causes, consequences and solutions; cohesion policy as a response to the financial crisis; the fight against austerity and social
inequalities, alternative options for Europe and solidarity with the Greek people."

GUE/NGL Study Days in Athens (Greece)

02 & 03 June 2015

Venue and Accommodation:

InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel

Syngrou Avenue 89-93, Athens

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Interpretation: DE - EN - IT - EL - FR - ES - PT (+ Danish in passive)

19.05

TUESDAY, June 2nd
9.00 - 09.45

Opening of the meeting and welcome

      Gabi ZIMMER , President of the GUE/NGL Group

      Yannis Dragassakis, Vice President of the Government and responsible of the Governmental Council on Economic Policy

      Dimitris PAPADIMOULIS, GUE/NGL MEP and EP Vice President

Periphery Debts: Causes, consequences and solutions

1st panel: “A Political Economy of the Periphery Debt Accumulation”

2nd panel: “The uneven geographies of the European Crisis”

09.45 - 11.15

1st panel, Chair: Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Gabriel Colletis (Professor of Economic Sciences, University of Toulouse 1 -Capitole/ France)

      Alekos Kalyvis (responsible of SYRIZA political bureau on economic policy and the party's programme )

      Debate

11.15-11.30 Coffee break
TUESDAY, June 2nd (morning session - continuation)

11.30-13.00

2nd panel, Chair: Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Mariana Mortagua (economist/ Portugal)

      Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Marina Albiol (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

TUESDAY, June 2nd (afternoon session)

3rd panel: "Standing with the Greeks for a European Alternative"

4th panel: "For a European Solution to the Periphery Debts"

15.30 - 17.00

3rd panel, Chair: Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Walter Baier (economist and coordinator of "transform! europe" network / Austria)

      Myrto Bolota (coordinator of "solidarity4all" network/ Greece)

      Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

17.00 - 17.15 Coffee break
17.15 - 19.00

4th panel, Chair: Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Eric Toussaint (CADTM and Representative of the Audit Committee for the greek debt)

      Fabio de Masi (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

WEDNESDAY, June 3rd

“The response of Cohesion Policies to the Economic Crisis”

1st panel: "When competitiveness undermines cohesion: employment and social welfare in the spectrum of the Agenda 2020"

2nd panel: "A critical Assessment of the austerity policies in the EU"

 
9.00 - 10.30

1st panel, Chair: Kostadina Kuneva (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Rania Antonopoulou (Deputy Minister to   tackle unemployment)

      Rina Ronja Kari (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

 
10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break  
10.45 - 12.30

2nd panel, Chair: Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Henri Malosse (President of the EESC)

      Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

 
13.00 - 15.00 Break  
(14.00 – 14.30 Press conference - interpretation will be provided only in EL and DE)  
Wednesday, June 3rd (afternoon session)
"Another Europe is possible - Fighting austerity, inequalities and imbalances"  
15.00 - 16.30

Chair: Dimitris Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Nikos Chountis (Deputy Minister on European Affairs)

      Malin Bjork (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Lola Sanchez (GUE/NGL MEP)

      Debate

 
16.30 - 16.45 Coffee break  
16.45 - 18.00       Continuation of the debate  
18:00 - 18:30             Conclusions by Gabi Zimmer  

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