European Forum 2021

European Forum of Left, Green and Progressive Forces 2021


transform! europe will participate in the 2021 European Forum, a unique space where the left, greens and progressives can come together and discuss on ways to built another future for Europe.


This year’s Forum will be held in Brussels and online between 15 and 27 November. Join us!

To register for participation (on-site or online), please klick here.

For further information, klick on the website of the European Forum.

languages: English
via Zoom with translation into French and Spanish


Friday, 26 November

16:00 – 17:00: Opening session: The big challenges for the future of Europe


  • Pierre Laurent (Vice-President of the European Left)
  • Dorothy Guerrero (Global Justice Now, COP26 Coalition)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (former Leader of the Labour Party)
  • Yolanda Diaz (Spanish Minister of Labour) (TBC)
  • Chloé Meulewaeter (International Peace Bureau)
  • Luca Visentini (General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC)
  • Monica Valente (Executive Secretariat of the Forum of São Paulo)

17:00 – 17:30: Welcome drinks

17:30 – 19:30: Plenary: Economic and social issues after the pandemic


  • Heinz Bierbaum (President of the European Left)
  • Zofia Malisz (Party National Councilwoman of Razem, Poland)
  • Martin Schirdewan / Manon Aubry (Co-Chair of the Left in the EP)
  • Anu Koljonen (General Secretary of the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation, NTF, Sweden)
  • Janine Wissler (Co-Chair of Die Linke, Germany)
  • Julie Steendam (No profit on pandemic’ campaign, Belgium)


19:30 – 20:00: Book presentation: “Radical in Diversity: Europe’s Left 2010-2020”

20:00: Dinner

Saturday, 27 November

10:00 – 11:30: Plenary: Strategies for Democracy and Peace in Dangerous Times – Common struggles against the far right, militarisation and for real democracy in a global crisis


  • Kostis Papaioannou (Golden Dawn Watch)
  • Riccardo Petrella (Agora of the Inhabitants of the Earth)
  • Conny Hildebrandt (Co-President of transform!europe)
  • David Rinaldi (Director of Studies & Policy at the Foundations for European Progressive Studies-FEPS- and Associate Professor at the ULB – Institute for European Studies)
  • Natalie Bennett (Green European Foundation, GEF)


11:30 – 12:00: Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30: Plenary: One decade to save the planet. What now?


  • Zakia Khattabi (Minister of Climate, Belgium)
  • Rossella Muroni (Independent MP, Member of Environment Committee, Italy)
  • Urszula Zielińska (Zieloni, Deputy Chair of Environment Committee, Poland)
  • Andreu Escrivà (Writer and scientist, Spain)
  • Julia Poliscanova (Emobility & clean vehicles director at T&E)
  • Diego Pary Rodríguez (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bolivia)
  • Silvia Modig (MEP, Left Alliance, Finland) (TBC)


  • Hervé Bramy (French Communist Party, coordinator of the EL Environment WG, France)

13:30 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Culture Assembly + Youth Assembly

Culture Assembly: «The social question at the heart of culture»


  • Yannis Panagopoulos (International Relations, Hellenic Actors Union)
  • Dave Sohanpal (Artist, Malaysia/UK)

Youth Assembly: «Post-Covid-19 democracy: a crucial debate»

The Youth Assembly will only be held face-to-face

Interpretation: FR, EN

16:15 – 18:15: Women assembly + Trade Unionists’ Assembly

Women assembly: «The rise of the far right and women’s rights»


  • Cristina Simo (Communist Party of Spain)


  • Michelle Urquiza (Sororidad sin fronteras, Mexico)
  • Cristina Romano (Organisation Juanita Moro, Argentina)
  • Clara Serra (Lawyer, Association “Stop Violències”, Andorra)
  • Ewa Majewska (Naprzód Foundation, Poland)
  • Elena Kountoura (MEP, Syriza, Greece)
  • Clara Alonso (Director of Communication of the Ministry of Equality, Spain)
  • Maria Karamessini (Professor at Panteion University, Greece)


  • Katerina Papatheodorou (Syriza, Greece)

Trade Unionists’ Assembly: «Reflecting on the future of Europe: a new Social Contact for the 21st Century»

The Trade Unionists’ Assembly will only be held face-to-face

Interpretation: FR, EN

18:30 – 19:00: Presentation of the book «Diario de Turín. La solidaridad en tiempos de pandemia» by Enrique Ubieta (director of “La Calle del Medio”, Cuba) (TBC)

19:15 – 20:45: Closing of the Forum


  • Cornelia Hildebrandt (Co-President of transform! europe)
  • Dirk Holemans (Co-Chair of the Green European Foundation, GEF)
  • Ania Skrzypek (Director of Research & Training at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, FEPS)

Plenaries and Assemblies reports

Final declaration and action plan


  • Jose Luis Centella (President of the Spanish Communist Party)

21:00: Tapas + Concert “Stop the blockade against Cuba now! For a world of peace and solidarity!”

Group Tumbao Cubano

(Throughout the Forum: Book Corner: exhibition of books, bilateral meetings for exchanges on publications)