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From: andereu {AT} andereuropa.xs4all.nl

JOIN THE ALTERNATIVE SUMMIT!

TOWARDS A DIFFERENT EUROPE

June 12 - 17 1997

Amsterdam

As the EU's treaty revision process enters its decisive phase,
there is decreasing hope that the governments will choose for
the fundamental reforms that are necessary to take the
European Union out of its current credibility crisis. More
than ever it is time to come together across the borders of
countries and movements and demand change!

The Dutch Coalition for a Different Europe invites you to take
part in the alternative summit for a democratic, ecological,
social, peaceful and feminist Europe, before and parallel to
the Summit of the EU government leaders.


PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

The programme of the alternative summit has the following
structure: debates and workshops in smaller groups in the
morning and the afternoon, and a large debate (1000+ people)
in the evening. On some days, there is still space for more
workshops. Get in touch with the secretariate of the Dutch
Coalition for a Different Europe if you have a proposal. A
more detailed programme will be sent to all participants
before the event.

NB: this programme does not include the exhibitions, cultural
events, actions and many other activities which will be part
of the alternative summit.

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THURSDAY 12/6: TOWARDS A DIFFERENT EUROPE
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Opening Debate:

The Democratic Crisis of the European Union
With speakers from organisers of previous alternative summits
(June 1993 in Copenhagen, December 1995 in Madrid, June 1996
in Florence and December 1996 in Dublin).


SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM!
Intercultural evening (information exchange, social evening)


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FRIDAY 13/6: TOWARDS A SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL EUROPE
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Morning: debates

EMU and Social Europe
Including:
* EMU and the socio-economic impacts for women (Henriette
Maas-van de Brink, economist, Netherlands)
* The impacts of EMU in Souther Europe (Michel Hussont, Action
Contre La Chomage!, France)
* Sweden and the end of the welfare state - perspectives for
change (Magnus Ryer, economist, Sweden)

How Sustainable is the EU?
Including:
* EU transport policies - the case of Spain (Ramon Fernandez
Duran, AEDENAT, Spain)
* The EU promoting biotechnology (Christina von Weizacker,
Germany) * The EU's waste policies (Sabina Voogd, Greenpeace
Netherlands)

In the afternoon workshops on:
* Highspeed trains and the environment
* Ecological Tax Reform
* transport actions in Europe
* Central and Eastern Europe
* Biotechnology
* Air traffic
* Renewable energy
and many other issues

Evening debate:

Strategies towards a Social and Ecological Europe
Including:
* the Europe of Maastricht and the environment (Nicholas
Hildeyard, The Ecologist magazine, UK)
* Europe and the global environment (Vandana Shiva, Foundation
for Science, Technology and Ecology, India)
* Strategies for a social Europe (Christophe Aguiton, European
Marches against Unemployment, Social Exclusion and Poverty)


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SATURDAY 14/6
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Final demonstration of the Marches against Unemployment,
Social Exclusion and Poverty


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SUNDAY 15/6: TOWARDS A EUROPE OF PEACE AND SOLIDARITY
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Morning: debates and workshops

Towards a Peaceful Europe
Workshops, including:
* Tribunal against nuclear weapons
* Weapon trade
* Conflict prevention
* Interlocking institutions (on EU, WEU, NATO)

Free trade, protectionism and social clauses
Including the following speakers:
* Miriam van der Stichelen (TNI)
* Vandana Shiva (Foundation for Science, Technology and
Ecology, India)
* Marcus Aruda (Brazil, CUT, PT)

Afternoon: seminar and workshops, including
* Seminar on non-proliferation and nuclear weapons in Europe

Workshops on:
* Solidarity with Latin-America
* The Lome Treaty
* Asia-Europe
* China
* Conflict prevention
* Medicine in the Third World
* Afrika
* Biotechnology, patenting
* Central and Eastern Europe
* Impacts of the EMU for the South
* Sexual diversity in Europe (GALA)
* Trade in women

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The EU's Heads of State and Government arrive Sunday afternoon
for their 16&17 June Summit
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evening debate

Towards a Europe of Peace and Solidarity.
Including the following speakers:
* Susan George (author of "The Debt Boomerang")
* Javier Elloriaga (Frente Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional,
Mexico)
* Mai Britt (Sweden)


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MONDAY 16/6: TOWARDS A SOCIAL AND FEMINIST EUROPE
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Morning:

Lecture series I

Europa in a globalising world economy.
* New protectionism as an alternative to globalisation (Colin
Hines, International Forum on Globalisation)
* Feminist critique on the EU's free trade policies (Mariama
Williams, Women in Development Europe)
* Green-alternative critique on the EU's Concept of
Globalisation (Frieder Otto Wolf, Greens in the European
Parliament)
* Strategies on globalisation from a feminist perspective (Jo
Brew, Women in Development Europe, Forum of European Left
Feminists)

Lecture series II

A Feminist perspective on Europe
* A feminist perspective on Europe (Gisela Dutting, Working
Group Towards a Feminist Europe)
* Black, migrant and refugee women confronting Fortress Europe
* Social security and poverty

Afternoon: workshops (some of which are mixed, other for women
only), including
* the other side of the Dutch economic model
* linking the Beijing results and the EU
* strategies on abortion in Europe
* feminist politics in elections
* strategies for including lesbian women
* poor women, organising ourselves
* views and organising models of Eastern European women
* linking Eastern, Southern and Western European women
* women's movement and other social movements
* young women's space

Evening debate:

Towards a Social and Feminist Europe
* EU and the welfare state (Schmidhenner, IG Metall - invited)
* Women's strategies for a social and feminist Europe (Jane
Pillinger, Forum of European Left Feminists - invited)
* Fortress Europe, migration and prostitution: controlling
women's bodies (Gail Phetersen - invited)


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TUESDAY 17/6: STRATEGIES TOWARDS A DIFFERENT EUROPE
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Morning debates

Towards a Sustainable Europe: Greening the Future (in
cooperation with Greening the Treaty-II)
Including the following speakers:
* Tony Long (WWF)
* Louise Gale (Greenpeace)

The EU's internal security policies.
Including the following speakers:
* Claudia Roth (Greens in the European Parliament)
* Tony Bunyan (Statewatch, invited)

Afternoon: workshops

Evening debate

Responses to the EU Summit (including a new treaty?)


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"Our Europe must be a Europe that carries out a strong social
and environmental policy, creates jobs, eliminates the
democractic deficit, offers equal opportunities to women and
men, safeguards the rule of law, is hospitable to refugees, is
open to the East and in solidarity with the South, disarms in
order to contribute to peace, and promotes sustainable
development both inside and outside of Europe" (from the
declaration of the Dutch Coalition for a Different Europe)
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PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

REGISTRATION
As the interest for the Alternative Summit is considerable, we
recommend you to register quickly. The participation fee will
be around 30-40 guilders. This gives access to the evening
plenary debates as well as to all other activities during the
Alternative Summit as long as there is space. You can reserve
your participation in specific activities at the start of the
ALternative Summit.

LODGING
Due to financial and practical constraints, the Dutch
Coalition for a Different Europe is not able to offer lodging
for the participants of the alternative summit. We can help
with is a list of hotels, youth hostels and campings in
Amsterdam which you can get in touch with. We recommend
everybody to arrange lodging as soon as possible as Amsterdam
is going to be extremely full during the period around the EU
Summit. For participants who are satisfied with sleeping on
the floor, we will try to arrange free lodging in community
centres or schools, etc.

TRANSPORT
Organisations in a number of countries are planning to
organise cheap transport to Amsterdam. Let us know if you want
to know more about this and we will send you any information
we have.


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REGISTRATION FORM

Name:

Organisation:

Postal address

City:

Zip code:

Country:

Phone:

Fax:

Email:

I would like a list of hotels, hostels and campings:

I would like a free sleeping place:

I would like information on cheap transport:

Remarks, proposals, etc.:




---> Please send this coupon to:

Dutch Coalition for a Different Europe
P.O. Box 54
1000 AB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 4222712
Fax: +31 20 4223171
Email: ander.europa {AT} xs4all.nl

WWW: http://www.snore.org/different-europe


The Dutch Coalition for a Different Europe brings together
more than 50 Dutch NGOs and political parties. The Dutch
Coalition has working groups on issues like EMU, environment,
Marches against Unemployment, democracy, anti-racism, EU and
the South, Feminist Europe and Peaceful Europe. The
Alternative Summit has the support of hundreds of groups from
all over Europe.
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