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Conference 2017

The Green Group in the European Parliament is organizing a Spring Conference “Delivering progressive politics: Exploring the new Green resonant paradigms” together with Federation of Young European Greens. The conference, a now traditional annual event gathering young Green activists from all over Europe,  will take place in Madrid from 25 - 28th of May.

The focus of the conference is on the current emergence of new political forces within the progressive camp in various European societies. Built on the convergence of ecological, feminist, anti-racist, social struggles, strong enough to defeat the conservative neoliberal narratives and the rise of the far right. Based on the examples in Southern Europe, where the fight against austerity has led new coalitions to exist in the political spectrum, but also to reach to decision making positions, we will analyse, exchange and build strategies for Greens to be at the forefront of these progressive fronts in each of our societies.

 

We are expecting 90 young people from FYEG member organizations to attend this event, and even more to join from the local audience on the sessions that are open to public.

 

For further information, drop us an e-mail at: intern@fyeg.org (Feel free to use Spanish)

 

CONTEXT

Over the past few years, the political and economic crisis in Southern European countries, notably in Spain, has opened the door for a re-thinking of politics, with transparency, horizontality, accountability, and participation at the core of the people’s demands. All these values have historically defined Green parties and movements. Such revival of Green values and people’s demands has made it possible for Green politicians and policies to be present at all stages of the political changes that are taking place in Southern European countries, such as Spain, Portugal or Greece. And, at a moment where most contestation of EU-conducted austerity has come in the form of euroscepticism, Green politics in Spain and in other countries continue to be in favor of a further union on the European level. Allying environmental concerns, energetic transition, openness, the renewal of the democratic life, feminism, fight for the rights of the minorities, and a strong conviction for European cooperation, these emerging progressive alliances, eminently based on green values, have reached many of the European local, regional and national debates; and from Spain to Finland, from Turkey to the Netherlands, from Austria to France, they are today a strong and positive political force, often prefered by the youth, capable to defeat the far right populism and the neoliberal conservative narratives for an alternative future.

 

LOCATION

The Spring Conference will take place in  Centro Abogados de Atocha, address Sebastian Herrera 14, Madrid (Spain).

 

PROGRAM

Session marked with * are opened for public. For further informat

 

THURSDAY 25 MAY

17:30 - 18:00 OPENING OF THE SPRING CONFERENCE*

  • Ines Sabanes, Madrid city councilor for Mobility and Environment

  • Marie Pochon and Teo Comet, spokespersons of FYEG

  • Angel Esteban  Spokesperson of Red Equo Joven Madrid

 

18:00 - 19:30 FIRST WE TOOK THE STREETS, THEN THE PARLIAMENTS*

What started as a social movement in 2011 has now transformed into new political forms: from political parties to confluences.  How do Greens face de challenges of institutional politics, especially in Spain, where they are a relatively new force?

 

  • Adrià Belenguer Soria, FYEG executive committee member

  • Maria Eugenia Rodrigez Palop, professor at Universidad Carlos III. Madrid

  • Rosa Martinez, EQUO co-spokesperson

Moderator: Antonio García González, member of Red Equo Joven

 

20:00 - 21:00 THE LEFT VS THE RIGHT: THE GREENS AND THE ASHES OF THE TRADITIONAL POLITICAL DIVIDES

The Greens are in very different postures all over Europe, where progressive forces are being redefined through the opposition to right wing neoliberal conservatism, to populist far right movements. FYEG member organizations share their experiences.

  • Workshop 1 : ‘Is the future of the Greens eco-socialist?’ - the case of France

    • Moderation: Enora Chopard, Les Jeunes Ecologistes

  • Workshop 2: German case study

    • Moderation : Noortje Blokhuis, DWARS; Clara Kiesbye, Grune Jugend

  • Workshop 3: Greens VS  the new authorianism

    • Moderation: Klaudia Apostol, Lehet Mas a Jovo; Iva Markovic, Young Greens of Serbia; Berk Oktem, Young Greens of Turkey

  • Workshop 4: Greens in an exiting EU country

    • Hannah Clare, Young Greens of England and Wales

 

FRIDAY 26 MAY

17:15 - 18:00 A REVOLUTION WITHOUT MAJORITY : WOMEN AND NON-MALE EMPOWERMENT AS THE OTHER BATTLEFRONT

Following up from our non-male activity in Istanbul on empowerment of non-male activists, the goal of this session is to address specifically the challenges of non-male participation and inclusion within our organisations and the broader Green politics.

  • Georgia Tsaklanganos, Gender adviser, Greens/EFA

  • Terry Reintke, MEP Greens/EFA (video)

Moderator: Paula Espinosa, FYEG executive committee member

 

18:15 - 19:45 THE GREENS IN EMERGING PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENTS*

In order to defeat current threats and tackle today’s challenges, the Greens have had to form different alliances and coalitions. What are the limits of such coalitions? What is in the core of Green values and who are the best allies?

  • Georgia Tsaklanganos, Gender adviser, Greens/EFA

  • Juantxo Lopez Uralde, EQUO co-spokesperson and MP

  • Ernest Urtasun, MEP Greens/EFA (video)

  • Rosalie Salaun MP candidate with EELV (France)

Moderator: Anna Gümplová, spokesperson of Czech Young Greens

 

SATURDAY 27 MAY

9:30 - 12:00 RECLAIMING THE STREETS: CITIZENS IN THE CORE OF NEW DEMOCRATIC MODELS*

From 2011 on, Madrid has experienced the blooming of civil society and the re-appropriation of the city by its inhabitants. In every neighbourhood different associations are re-thinking the relationship between the city council and the people of Madrid. We will organize an open assembly between many organizations in one of the most beautiful parks of Madrid, El Retiroto explore political change when not only parties and institutional politics are involved.

  • 15M

  • Plataforma TTIPNo

  • Ecologistas en Accion

  • SOS Racismo

 

18:30 - 20:00 A PROGRESSIVE HEADWAY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION*

The 2008 crisis and the subsequent austerity measures forced by the European Union on national governments have damaged the image of the EU among citizens, which, along with the extended distrust in politics, poses a real threat to the survival of the European ideals of cooperation and integration. Greens are inherently pro-European, which, as a distinct feature, can serve to the purposes of creating our own narrative for an alternative Europe. What are the tools, within the current treaties, that the Greens in the European Parliament are using to influence the status-quo and how can we strengthen our discourse and actions for a social, open and solidaric Europe ?

  • Florent Marcellesi, MEP Greens/EFA

  • Lorenzo Marsilli, European Alternatives

  • Reinhard Buetikofer, MEP Greens/EFA

  • Iiris Suomela, Chairperson of ViNO

Moderator: Iva markovic, Young Greens of Serbia

 

SUNDAY 28 MAY

11:00 -13:00 TOWARDS 2019 : FYEG IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 13:00 CLOSING

Facing Euroscepticism, hope and pride of the European core values have yet proven to still remain strong and valuable, in last elections in Austria or in the Netherlands. Because our values remain connected to people’s demands, the key is how to communicate and allow people to identify the Greens as a valid alternative to other political alternatives. How will our partners within the Green family engage in this upcoming scrutiny, and how we, as young Greens, apprehend these elections?

  • Reinhard Buetikofer, MEP Greens/EFA, European Green Party

  • Ska Keller, MEP Greens/EFA (video)

  • Beatrice White, Green European Foundation

Moderators: newly elected FYEG spokespersons

 

13:00 -13:15 CLOSING OF THE SPRING CONFERENCE