Dublin 2012: Europe of Solidarity

Table of contents

1. Alliances to fight poverty

2. Program of the Dublin seminar

3. Powerpointpresentations

4. Texts you need

1. Alliances to fight poverty

120 million of Europeans are living in extreme poverty or insecurity. As the crisis hits hard in several countries, the number of people living in poverty or uncertainty will not decrease over the coming years.

Social security is under pressure or threatened in all European countries. Savings plans are very severe. And in all countries, the governments aim to simplify the job market or want to organize less protection for workers. However, all studies indicates that we need more instead of less social protection.

We need a social policy to reduce poverty. We need a more equal society where everyone has equal rights. Poverty reduction is then the outcome of a broad struggle for social protection, for a equal society for all. Therefore we need new visions and new hopes for a better future. Poverty reduction therefore requires a commitment of all. The responsibility for a poverty reduction policy should therefore not only rest on the shoulders of the grassroots organizations. It is a responsibility of civil society in collaboration with those organizations.

This is the basic idea of alliances for poverty reduction. Together we are stronger to demand more social protection in order to reduce  poverty effectively.

ACW, the umbrella of the Flemish and Brussels Christian workers’ movement, and MOC,  the umbrella of the Walloon and Brussels Christian workers movement , started 2 years ago to explore the idea of alliances against poverty.

The result was that we must invest in better and new ideas and good practices about a social future forEuropeand that we must invest in bringing together civil organizations, antipoverty organizations and trade unions. We worked this two goals out inRome, in Brussels and now  in Dublin.

We discussed about the European fiscal policy, about common minimum wages and common social protection, about a better democratic European policy. We want a stronger European policy that guaranties an European social model and a more equal society.

We bring each time the “living society” together: members of antipoverty organizations, of civil society and trade unions. Alliances starts when people meet each other and bring their experiences and their ideas together.

We will go further on this path. We will invest further in new ideas and good practices about housing, social services, social measures, social and democratic economic and financial models, and democratic models forEurope.

In 2013 we want to discuss a lot of revendications and recommandations.  In 2014 we want to confront the European parties with our vision, our ideas, our good practices of solidarity.

2. Program of the Dublin seminar

Thursday, 10th of May 2012

9.30 am : Welcome and objectives of the seminar by Joyce Loughnan (CEO FocusIreland) and Ann Demeulemeester (Secretary General ACW)

9.45 am : The state of play of the European socio- economic and poverty policy ( European Semester). Overview by Hugh Frazer (National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland)

10.30 am :  The consequences of the EU and national economic and social policy.

Ireland(Mike Allen, The Poor can’t pay campaign)

Italy (Nicoletta Teodosi, CILAP and Mauro Giacosa, CNCA)

 Portugal (Maria José Domingos, EAPN)

UK(Peter Kelly, The PovertyAlliance) and Jonathan Butterworth (Just Fair)

Greece(George Dassis, Economic and Social Committee EU)

 From crisis towards a Europe of solidarity

 2.00 pm : From Inferno to Solidarity: An Agenda for the Precariat.                   Guy Standing (University of Bath)

2.45 pm : Poverty and social welfare: blind spots in the European policy?

Brian Nolan (University College Dublin)

Ramón Peña Casas (European Social Observatory,Brussels)

Robert Salais (Paris, IDHE, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, University of Nantes)

Mahmood Messkoub (UniversityofRotterdam and EUROMEMO GROUP)

Mary Murphy (University of Maynooth)

Cécile Barbier (European Social Observatory,Brussels)

Friday, the 11th of May 2012

From housing crisis towards a Europe of solidarity

9.00 am : Welcoming

9.15 am :   Living inEurope in diversity: overview housing policy.                    Michel Debruyne (ACW –Brussels)

9.45 am : Housing market in time of crises: case-studies

Ireland(Simon Brookes, Housing Association CluidIreland)

Spain(Javier Urbina, UGT)

The Netherlands( Marja Elsinga,UniversityofTechnologyDelft)

France (Christophe Robert, Fondation Abbé Pierre)

Romania (Ramona Sinca,  FDAAM)

Brussels (Olivier Lambert, MOC)

 11.35 am :  Homelessness as a sign of the European housing crisis. Ruth Owen (FEANTSA)

12.00 am :  Towards a sustainable housing policy. Marja Elsinga (UniversityofTechnologyDelft, TheNetherlands)

From crisis towards a Europe of solidarity

 2.00 pm :    A torn Europe or aEurope of solidarity.

Political debate by  : Emer Costello (MEP, Labour/PES), Paul Murphy (MEP, Socialist/GUE), Mary Lou Mc Donald, Lucinda Creighton T.D (Minister of State for European Affairs)

3. A torn Europe. The Dublin Seminar: the presentations 

Changed presentations

4. Necessary texts

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