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GUE/NGL seminar - Focus on Central and Eastern Europe


10 Apr 2013 22:00 to 11 Apr 2013 22:00


European Parliament room ASP 1 G 2

Event Type

M - Seminar, presentation

Organiser type

Federations / Associations


Central Europe
Europe's East

Event Location


Event Description

GUE/NGL seminar, in cooperation with the Forum Social Europe (European network of trade unionists) Focus on Central and Eastern Europe Economic, social and political developments, the situation of the trade union movement and the challenges of the political and trade union left

11 & 12 April 2013
European Parliament, Brussels, room ASP 1 G 2

Draft Agenda

Thursday 11 April 2013

15.00 – 15.15 Welcome by Gabi Zimmer MEP (GUE/NGL President) and Horst
Schmitthenner (FSE)

15.15 – 16:00 Twenty years of economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Milica Uvalic, economist, University of Perugia, Italy

The rise of the radical right in Central and Eastern Europe
Jiri Mastalka MEP, GUE/NGL, Czech Republic
16.00 – 16.30 Discussion, concluding remarks

16.30 – 17.30 The situation of organised labour in Central and Eastern Europe
Grigor Gradev, European Trade Union Institute ETUI, Brussels
Marek Tosil, President OSCMS DPP trade union, Czech Republic
Petre Damo, Regional President, Teachers Union, Romania

The new labour market in Europe – status of EU regulations
(posting of workers enforcement directive, groundhandling directive)
Thomas Händel MEP, GUE/NGL, Germany
17.30 – 18.00: Discussion, concluding remarks

18.00 – 18.30: Schedule and planning for the next GUE/NGL and FSE meeting 

Friday, 12 April 2013

09.00 – 12.30:  Continuation of the seminar

1. Report on the trade union disputes in the construction industry in Cyprus, on Legoland and in the public transport sector in Athens

Tim Lubecki (NGG, DE) and Søren Kruse (3F, DK) on Legoland dispute
Pieris Pieri (PEO, Cyprus); N.N. (Greece)

2. The new labour market in Europe:
workers migration, exploitation and social dumping – and our response

Social dumping in road haulage
Eduardo Chagas, General Secretary, European Transport Workers’ Federation
How construction workers in Oslo succeeded in organising migrant workers
Roy Pedersen, LO Oslo, Norway

3. Update on the resistance against austerity policies in Europe
– including the 14 November 2012 actions, the Alter Summit process and the europeanisation of the struggle

Fausto Durante (ETUC Executive Committee, CGIL) on 14 November 2012 and March 2013 actions follow up
Walter Baier (Coordinator, transform! Europe) on Alter Summit process

4. Any other business
Interpretation for both meetings: FR, DE, NL, IT, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, SV, CS


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