18th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe

from 28-30 September 2012, organised by the EuroMemo Group, at the University of Poznan, Poland

The deepening crisis in the EU: The need for a fundamental change in policy

The EuroMemo Group conference in 2012 was held in Poland at the University of Poznan from 28-30 September 2012. The programme was as follows:

Friday afternoon: The political and economic state of the Union

  • Whither Europe? Values, institutions, policies. Grzegorz W. Kolodko (Kozminski University, Warsaw; former Polish Deputy Premier & Finance Minister)
  • The current economic situation in Europe. Aurélie Trouvé (University of Agronomy, Dijon; co-president of Attac France)

Saturday morning: Workshops

Saturday afternoon: Plenary on policy proposals from workshops and special plenary on current research and political initiatives

Sunday morning: Planning meeting: EuroMemorandum 2013 and other activities

The second day was dedicated to key themes of EU policy within five different workshops:

  • Economic and financial policy: a critical assessment of current policies in the EU and their impact; the limits of recent calls for a ‘growth pact’; the ongoing restructuring and concentration of capital; the failure to address the deepening ecological crisis.
  • Governance in the EU: the shifting power relations in formal and informal structures, the increasing dominance of large states and declining public legitimacy; the need to develop appropriate forms of economic democracy.
  • Restructuring the social agenda: contesting narratives of the crisis; how the crisis is being used to shift to more regressive policies; the impact on wages, labour rights and social programmes.
  • A development strategy for the European periphery: the transformation of industrial and institutional structures and the need for a comprehensive long-term investment programmes based on promoting skills and good jobs.
  • The crisis in global governance: the G20’s failure to develop a coordinated response to the crisis; the WTO’s failure to address global - and especially North-South - trade imbalances; the lack of prospects for advance in global environmental governance (‘Rio + 20’ conference; climate change).

The list of presentations scheduled for the workshops can be found here.
Papers for the conference are uploaded here.


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