Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt
CADTM

Debt in Northern countries

SMA

Social movements

For a European coordination of struggle against the debt and austerity plans !

18 August 2010 by CADTM

For a European coordination of struggle against the debt and austerity plans !

Adressees: All social movements and political parties in Europe that are convinced that a popular respond must be developed against the offensive launched by the Capital under cover of the explosion of the public debt.

Dear friends, dear comrades,

On the occasion of its European seminar in Namur (Belgium) 22 to 24 May 2010, CADTM and its European network launched a call to a transborder mobilization against the dictatorship of creditors. Relying on this call, our delegation at the European Social Forum (ESF) in Istanbul in early July 2010 worked towards the construction of a European coordination against the debt and austerity plans.

The various actions planned in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe on 29 September, called a.o. by the European Trade Union Confederation, are crucial. We hope that they will bring large numbers of participants together and be the beginning of a concerted response to the attacks launched on behalf of capital owners and of creditors against social benefits.

The CADTM-Europe network calls all political forces, trade unions and citizens associations to come together and set up a common platform and a schedule of initiatives and actions on a European scale.

With the help of the IMF and of the European Commission, Capital and the leaders of European countries are resolved to have the lower classes pay for the crisis.

What is at stake is social regression, rising unemployment, and a challenging of peoples’ fundamental rights.

Popular mobilizations, starting with that of the Greek people directly and unprecedently aggressed, may not be successful if we cannot construct a united and offensive response, coordinated at the European level.

As you already know, for twenty years now CADTM (www.cadtm.org/English) has developed an expertise in the field of public debt in terms of diagnosis and of alternatives. Over the last two years it has developed an analysis of the public debt issue in industrialized countries, and it now wishes to share it (as well as proposals for demands) with as many social and political movements as possible. CADTM took the initiative of this meeting that aims at setting up a light and nimble concertation so as to decide together on the meeting’s agenda.

We invite all political and social organisations to send a delegation to Brussels for a first meeting towards such concertation using the occasion provided by the demonstration called upon by ETUC on 29 September.

Proposed meeting on 29 September from 8.30 am to 12.15 am in Brussels

Venue : Centrale Générale des Services Publics,
9-11 Place Fontainas, 1000 Bruxelles
(it is less than 10 minutes walk from the departure point of the ETUC demonstration which begins at 13:00 at the gare du midi)

(see agenda on next page)

A reminder will be sent in early September 2010 with a list of participating organizations. Organizers do not see to accommodation and meals. On the other hand, they do organize translation into at least two working languages: English and French.

Each delegation will have to make sure that at least one of its members can translate into their national language from French or English.

We look forward to seeing you on 29 September and send you our best activist greetings,
For the CADTM-Europe network,
- Eric Toussaint and Myriam Bourgy, President and secretary general of CADTM Belgium
- Pascal Franchet and Sophie Perchellet, Vice-presidents of CADTM France ;
- Juan Tortosa, CADTM Switzerland,
- Jérôme Duval, CADTM Spain
- Giorgos Mitralias, Committee against the Debt (Greece)

Proposed agenda:

- 08.00: registration of participating organisations;
- 08.30: general debate on the crisis and on current mobilizations;
- 09.45 – 10.00: pause;
- 10.00–11.30 : proposal of common demands and of a schedule of initiatives and actions;
- 11.30 -12.15: setting up a liaison committee.
- End at 12.15
(The present agenda can of course be changed)

Will you kindly fill the form ? This will help practical organisation.

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Eng. invitation 29 september
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