Newsletter Belgium - 2014-05

Conferences-Debates with Michel AGLIETTA in Brussels on 29 & 30 September, 2014

Breaking news, 1st September, 2014

These conferences were initially planned on last June 5, 2014 and unfortunately had to be postponed at the last minute.

Now they are planned for the dates as indicated above.


Michel Aglietta is a French economist, a specialist in international monetary economy, known for his work on the functions of financial markets. He is one of the first to sign the Manifesto for a European Plan for sustainable development and employment written when we were still in the preparatory phase of the formal recognition of our citizens' initiative by the European Commission. Beginning of 2014, he published (Edition Odile Jacob) a noticed and remarkable book under the title: UN NEW DEAL pour L'€UROPE !


  This book poses a burning question: is European construction still a common goal, shared by all the E.U. states and legitimised by their citizens?
Michel Aglietta and Thomas Brand propose a three-pronged reply. First, they examine the present crisis and offer a diagnosis that is both precise (they show that the euro remains a foreign currency, for cultural and institutional reasons) and original (they argue that public debt is not the cause of the European crisis). Secondly, they denounce a series of errors, committed since 2010, from austerity measures that pit citizens against one another to timorous efforts to strengthen bank balance sheets. Finally, they propose solutions closely linking reforms in European governance with a solid project for economic growth.
A firm conviction underlies this book: the euro’s sovereignty may depend on European federalism but without a new social and economic contract Europe’s citizens will remain suspicious of all forms of federalism. Redefining the Central European Bank’s mandate and setting up a banking union are both highly necessary but also completely insufficient measures. Europe must share its industrial policies and set up common regional projects. Only then will a real European Union come into existence.


Detailled programme for both Conferences-Debates:

  • 15 minutes : Welcome and short presentation of the ECI's objectives on the theme: "Yes, it is possible"!
  • 45 minutes : Conference by Michel Aglietta on the theme: "And it is surely necessary!"
  • 15 minutes : Presentation of the French committee and its projects in France
  • 30 minutes : Questions-Answers with the audience
  • 15 minutes : Signatures of the ECI: everybody is invited to sign the ECI with his/her own tablet or with computers made available in the conference room.

 Time and Venue

  1. The first conference-debate is on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 06.00pm in the large meeting room of CESI (European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions), Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée, 1-5, in Brussels. 
  2. The second conference-debate is planned from 12.30pm to 03.00pm in the large meeting room of the Staff committee of the European institutions, 80 Rue de la Loi in Brussels. This discussion meeting is specifically intended for staff of the European institutions.

There will be no simultaneous translation. The conference will be delivered in French. Yet, Questions & Answers could be in English or French.


Participation is free and open to all who register using the form below. For additional information please contact the Belgian committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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