Minutes available here.
As usual at conference, Brussels Labour is jointly hosting the international breakfast with the EPLP – Tuesday 28 September at 8.30am, Manchester Central Charter 3
This year, the topic is
Europe in the World: Actions to Match Ambitions
Chair: Lord Kinnock
Douglas Alexander, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Massimo D’Alema, President of FEPS and former Italian Prime Minister
Richard Howitt MEP, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Emma Reynolds MP, former member of Brussels Labour
The Labour International Coordinating Committee meeting will take place on Sunday 26 September from 1000 to 1300 at The Mitre Hotel, 1 Cathedral Gates, Manchester.
At this year’s Labour Conference the European Parliamentary Labour Party will have a stronger presence than ever. Along with the Europe Reception held on Saturday evening, at which the EPLP welcomed the new leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, the EPLP has fringe meetings throughout the week, in collaboration with Brussels Labour, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the GMB.
The EPLP will also have a brand new stall, brimming with the latest information on Labour’s work in Brussels and Strasbourg.
The EPLP events programme and a schedule of other events at which MEPs are speaking can be found at eurolabour.org.uk and in the files below:
Next Left: Insecurity, fairness and the new social democracy
Monday 27 September, 0800 to 0930 // Lord Mayors Parlour, Manchester Town Hall, 2 Albert Square, Manchester M60 2JT
John Denham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,
Dr Alfred Gusenbauer, Former Chancellor of Austria,
Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint
Sunder Katwala, General Secretary of the Fabian Society
With the support of the Fabian society
European Social Democracy: The Path Back To Power
Monday 27 September, 1230-1430 // Midland Hotel, Alexandra B
Roger Liddle, Policy Network
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Party of European Socialists
Claude Moraes MEP, EPLP Deputy Leader
Roland Rudd, Business for New Europe
Rushanara Ali MP
In cooperation with the European Parliamentary Labour Party
On Wednesday 15 September, Maria Damanaki, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, spoke to Brussels Labour. Here is the full transcript of her speech:
The European debt crisis – lessons for the left
Dear colleagues/comrades, I would like to thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to address you today. I think it is very important that we increase our cooperation inside the European socialist family. I know that the Brussels branch has been very active all this years, and has played a historic role in our political family. I thank you for it. Such collaboration is particularly important in this period when the majority of European governments are led by more conservative voices.
I agreed to speak today about the European debt crisis, a fundamental problem that we need to tackle urgently. Many in the socialist family insist that the European debt crisis is one element of a much wider issue, namely the European economic crisis. And rightly so. Look at the forest, not just the tree.
We should be careful however not to let this very valid point dilute the importance we ascribe to the debt crisis, and to the concrete responses we must take. Look also at the tree, not just the forest. Continue reading Commissioner Damanaki’s speech to Brussels Labour in full
A reminder of our upcoming events in 2010:
Wednesday 13 October
John Fitzmaurice Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Martin Westlake
The Centre, Avenue Marnix 22, 1000 Brussels
Wednesday 10 November at 19.30 (note change of date!)
Brussels Labour Quiz, with Michael Cashman as compere
The Staff, Rue de Trèves 42, 1050 Brussels
Teams of four can register by emailing the Secretary and making a transfer of €20 to the Brussels Labour account: 001-1128765-52. Please include your team name and indicate that it is for the quiz.
A raffle will be held to raise funds for the flood victims in Pakistan.
Wednesday 8 December
Brussels Labour Christmas Social, hosted by David Earnshaw and Jo Wood
Square Ambiorix 6, 1000 Brussels
The latest edition of Brussels Labour’s newsletter, Germinal, is now online.
Click here to read more about our meetings with the Labour leadership candidates and other news.
EUROPEAN TRADE UNION DAY OF ACTION ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2010
100 000 WORKERS TO DEMONSTRATE IN BRUSSELS
1 September 2010
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in reaction to the austerity measures in force in a number of European countries, is sponsoring a major European mobilisation on 29 September, with support from all its member organisations. Around 100 000 people are expected to take to the streets in Brussels and protest actions will also be held in different European countries.
A major day of action organised by the European trade union movement will be held on 29 September. Trade union delegations from across Europe will march in the streets of Brussels to protest against austerity measures. Employees cannot be the only ones to pay for the irresponsible speculation of certain financial institutions. In parallel with the Euro-demonstration in Brussels, a general strike will be held in Spain and protest movements are planned in Portugal, Italy, Latvia and Poland. The effort of the trade union organisations is focused on the Euro-demonstration in Brussels.
ETUC General Secretary John Monks commented : “On 29 September, we will demonstrate to voice our concern over the economic and social context, which will be compounded by austerity measures. We are particularly alarmed over unemployment and rising inequalities. To cope with increasing precariousness, priority must be given to quality jobs.”
Call to demonstrate: http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf_Tracte_A4_EN_DEF4.pdf
Link to the page dedicated to the European Day of Action : http://www.etuc.org/a/7407
Information for the press: http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf/INFORMATION__LA_PRESSE_EN.pdf
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) speaks with a single voice on behalf of the common interests of workers, at European level. Founded in 1973, it now represents 82 trade union organisations in 36 European countries, plus 12 industry-based federations.
For more information:
ETUC Head of Press and Communications
+ 32 (0)2 224 04 30
+ 32 (0)477 7 7 0 1 64
E-mail : Pgrillo@etuc.org