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transform! will participate in the two-day event with contributions on issues as diverse as productive transformation and European industrial policy, ecological transition (in view of the UN International Conference on Climate Change, December 2015 in Paris), the challenges of labour, social economy and commons, the European struggle against austerity and with the Greeks, the contributions of universities for another Europe, the struggle for a democratic Europe, the evolution of the actors for the alternative in Europe.

The Forum, which will be an initiative of an unprecedented scale, is open from conception to implementation to all forces and interested citizens. Our goal is to organize a major political and popular event with the participation of at least 2,000 people, part European, high-level guests (European dimension of personalities including ministers of the new Greek government), political activists, unions, and social movements. Saturday, May 30 in the evening, we will organize a big concert at Republic Square in Paris named “Peoples, rise up”.

Thematic activities

(The names of the workshops are provisional)

Saying goodbye to austerity, for solidarity policies in Europe

  • A recovery? Where is the recovery? Investing to deal with social emergencies: a plan? For what kind of growth?
  • A high level of public services for a high level of rights (Energy / housing / childhood / health)
  • Equality: the struggles continue (Women’s rights / LGBT)
  • What future for the youth?

Regain power over money

  • Debt: European problem, European solutions
  • Change the banking system (banks / European Central Bank)
  • Taxation: justice and the fight against fraud and tax evasion
  • Budgets: popular sovereignty and European solidarity

What ecological and emancipatory production model?

  • Challenges and ecological alternatives (COP21 / success the ecological transition)
  • A modern industry: to produce what? For who? How?
  • Working in the 21st Century (new organization / new rights)
  • Collaborative economy, concrete alternatives (ESS / Open-models)
  • Reappropriate our food

For a real democracy, a Europe of freedoms

  • Building a democratic Europe of citizens power
  • Make the emancipated Europeans: what educational and cultural policies? (education / Cultural / Sport)
  • Big data, spying, anti-terrorist laws: how to protect our freedom and private life?
  • Ethics and general interest: the fight against corruption, conflict of interest and clientelism

Another Globalization

  • The 21st century: a world of mobilities. For a new migration policy
  • Towards a common development (to defeat the TTIP / EU partnerships with the world / commons / Mediterranean)
  • Building peace in Europe and all over the world (Ukraine / Security Policy disarmament or European army?)

Making the peoples of Europe win: go on the offensive!

  • After the victory of SYRIZA, making the left grow in Europe and beating the far right
  • Dominant Media, Alternative Media: win the battle of information
  • Social Struggles: meeting of unions activists
  • Active Solidarities
  • What cooperation of the elected left?


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Friday, 29 May

19:00 / Cultural Evening “Operation Correa”

Screening of Pierre Carles’ film, with the collaboration of Nina Faure and Aurore Van Opstal

PCF Headquarters (Dome), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th


Saturday, 30 May

10:00- 12:00 OPENING PLENARY

Austerity, enough. Our goal: human development in Europe

Main tent, Republic Square

5 politicians (3FR, 2EU) / 3 unionists / 3 personalities

Animation: Anne Sabourin & Igor Zamichiei, coordinators of the Forum

Translation: English


12:00 Happening by “Occupy your bank”

An action whose content will be revealed to you at the first plenary

Rue du Temple, Paris 3rd

12:30-14:00 / With the Greeks against austerity and for democracy – Together towards a week of European mobilization (20-27 June)

Meeting of European social movements (Altersummit, transform! europe, Copernic Foundation)

Main tent, Republic Square

Raffaella Bolini (Cambia Grecia – Cambia Europa, Italy), Felipe Van Keirsblick (Altersummit), Attac Europe, Yiannis Bournous (member of the secretariat of Syriza, responsible for foreign affairs), Corinna Genschel (Blockupy, Germany), Alexis Cukier, Elisabeth Gauthier, Pierre Khalfa and other members of the collective “with the Greeks”,  Vangelis Goulas (Syriza Paris), Collective “Marseille with Greeks”, 22M Representative (Spain)

Translation: English


13:00-16:30 / Common goods and public services of tomorrow

Seminar in 2 stages

Seforex Hall (Theatre), 10 Cité Joly, Paris 11th

Water, a common good

Struggle for Water in Ireland (Sinn Féin), Ricardo Petrella (European citizens’ initiative “Right2Water”, Italy), JC Oliva (President of the Association “water common good”), Ernst Urtasun (MEP, ICV, European Greens, Catalonia), a local councilor

Animation: Emmanuelle Planque (Collective for Public services, North)

Public services of tomorrow

Michel Jallamion (President of Convcergence of Public services), Christophe Delecourt (UGFF-CGT), Murielle Guilbert (Solidaires Public-finance), Pablo Sanchez (EPSU – European Public Services Union), Marc Mangenot (Copernic Foundation), FNME Representative, Michael Galin (FSU), Manolis Kosadinos (Psychiatrist, France-Greece Health Solidarity), transportation unionist

Animation: Janine Vaux (Collective for public services, Corrèze)

Translation: English, Spanish


13:00- 16:30 / Fighting against youth unemployment and job insecurity: the case of the youth guarantee

PCF Headquarters (Conference Room) 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Claudia Candeloro (National Secretary of the Giovani Comunisti, Italy), MJCF, JOC, UNEF, MJS, Young environmentalists, young GU, Ensemble youth DIDF young, CGT-young (TBC), UNL

Animation: MJCF

Translation: English


13:00-15:00 / Cooperating against tax evasion

PCF Headquarters (Dome), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Hervé Falciani (former HSBC employee, whistleblower of the “Lagarde list”), Sophie Binet (UGICT-CGT), Eric Bocquet (Senator, France), Raoul Hedebouw (MP, PTB, Belgium), Jean-Marc Durand (PCF, France), Aurélien Beleau (club of the « Afflicted Socialists »)

Animation: Jean-François Bolzinger

Translation: English


13:00-16:30 / What are the alternatives to challenge the neoliberal offensive in education, higher education and research?

Workshop in 2 stages

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe Auguste, Paris 11th

Introduction: Sonia Crivelli (EMP)

Part 1 – Higher-Education: Vinzenzo Pavone (researcher, Italy), Marc DELEPOUVE (unionist), Jean Paul Lainé (FMTS), Sigfrido Ramirez (University of Copenhagen, transform!), Adoracion Guaman (University of Valencia, director of FEC, Spain), Janine Guespin (Espace Marx, transform!), Annicq Jacq (Orsay University)

Part 2 – educational policies: Marine Roussillon (PCF), representing e-FSU, Maria Gassouka (Syriza, Greece)

Animation: Maxime Benatouil and Hugo Touzet

Translation: English


13:00-15:15 / Diversions and exploitation of the Social and Solidary Economy by the capitalism: the “Social impact Bonds”

Ecole des métiers de l’information, 7 rue des Petites Ecuries, Paris 10th

Screening of a short film

Introduction by JC Boual (Collective of citizen associations, France)

With: transform! europe, Gabriel Peri Foundation, Association for self-management, collective of citizens’ associations, social Dating, PCF, Global social justice, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, S4A, Nicos Poulantzas Institute

Translation: English


13:30-16:30/ Convergence of social and ecological struggles: where are we?

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe Auguste, Paris 11th

Christophe Aguiton (Coalition climate 21), Hervé Bramy (PCF), Marlis Gensler (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany), Marc Delepouve (unionist, transform!), Siham Houri (ANSASS), Filippos Gkanoulis (Green Party, Greece), Aurélie Trouvé (Attac France)

Organised by Climate Coalition 21, transform! europe, Copernic Foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, ANSASS, Foundation for Political Ecology

Translation: English, Greek


14:00-16:30 / Priority for jobs and social emergencies

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe Auguste, Paris 11th

Judith Benda (Die Linke, Germany), Nasos Iliopoulos (Syriza secretariat member for Labour), Paloma Lopez (MEP GUE-NGL, Izquierda Unida), Macron law (trade unionist), activist of the 22M movement (Spain), Asbjørn Wahl (trade unionist, Norway)

Translation: Greek, Spanish, English


14:00-16:30 / Building a democratic Europe of the citizens’ powers

BSA, 11-15 rue Courat, Paris 20th

Etienne Balibar (Philosopher), Christophe Ventura (Mémoire des luttes), Natasa Theodorakopoulou (Syriza / EL, Greece), Gustave Massiah (World Social Forum, CRID), Barbara Spinelli (MEP, Italy), Jean-Marc Roirant (European Civic Forum, General Secretary Teaching League), Patrice Cohen Seat (Espace Marx)

Animation: Francis Wurtz

Translation: Italian, English


14:30-16:30 / A world of mobility: for a new migration policy

Main tent, Republic Square

Introduction: Marie-Christine Vergiat (MEP Front de Gauche) and Michel Agier (CNRS researcher)

Hatem Geribi (watch the Med network), Leonard Vincent (journalist specialized in Eritrea), Nicola Delvino (Amnesty International – Europe), Stefano Galieni (PRC, Italy), Fabien Perrier (journalist), Raffaella Bolini (PRC, Italy)

Translation: Italian, English


14:30-16:30 / A new ethic in politics: the fight against corruption, conflicts of interest and vote-catching

PCF Headquarters (Cafeteria), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Margarita Mileva (Vice-President of the EL, Bulgaria), Evelyne Sire Marin (Magistrate), Giorgos Vassiliadis (General Secretary for the fight against corruption, Greece), Bruno Piriou (Local councilor, author of “Cursed Money”), an Anticor representative

Animation: Nicole Borvo (former senator, Espace Marx)

Translation: Greek, Italian, English


14:00-16:30 / Reappropriating our food, quality food for all

MRJC Headquarters, 53 rue des Renaudes, Paris 17th

Maxime Bergonso (Rural Movement of Christian Youth), Jean-Christophe Robert (Farmers Association), Jean-Marie Le Lame (unionist, public agricultural teacher), Lydia Senra (MEP Izquierda Unida, Via Campesina, Spain), Fanny Gaillanne (PCF Advisor for the city of Paris in charge of food), INDECOSA – CGT, Friends of the Saharawi Republic (Western Sahara), Laurent Pinatel (Spokesman of the Peasant Confederation), Jean Mouzat (Chairman of MODEF), Xavier Compain (Agriculture Coordination EL)

Animation: Olivier Morin (journalist)

Translation: Spanish, English


14:00-16:30 / From Big Brother to Big Data: defend our freedoms

Screening of a short film followed by a debate

PCF Headquarters (room 26-27), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Judges’ union representative, Yann Le Pollotec (PCF), Dominique Curis (Amnesty International France), Quadrature du Net representative, EELV representative

Translation: English


14:30-16:30 / Modern industry: Produce what? For whom? How?

Seforex (Plenary Hall), 10 city Joly, Paris 11th

FGTB representative (Belgium), FIOM representative (Italy), Bernard Devert (CGT), Jürgen Klute (former MEP, Die Linke), Heinz Bierbaum (Die Linke, Germany), Savas Robolis (Institute of Greek labour), Elisabeth Gauthier (Espace Marx, transform! europe), Nicolas Bonnet (President of the group PCF-FdG at the Paris City council), Cédric Durand (economist)

Amination: Christian Pilishowski

Translation: Italian, English


14:30-16:00 / What instruments to build a peaceful world? The culture of peace, from local to global

Wedding Room of the 10th arrondisment city hall (72 rue du Fbg St Martin)

Philippe RIO (Mayor of Grigny, President-AFCDRP Mayors for Peace France), Behar Abraham (President Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), Miho Shinma (Ambassador for peace from the city of Hiroshima), Manolis Glezos (MEP Syriza, Greece), Peace Movement representative, UNESCO representative

Animation: Michel Cibot (General Delegate of AFCDRP)

Translation: Greek, English


15:15-16:30 / Cooperative development in Europe

Ecole des métiers de l’information, 7 rue des Petites Ecuries, Paris 10th

Benoit Borrits (Association for self-management), Jean Huet (Gabriel Peri Foundation), Sylvie Mayer (FGP), François Longérinas (SCOP leader)

With: transform! europe, Gabriel Peri Foundation, Association for self-management, collective of citizens’ associations, social Dating, PCF, Global social justice, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, S4A, Nicos Poulantzas Institute

Translation: English


15:30 / Feminist happening by “Zero Macho”

Passers-by and participants in the Forum will be invited to act for women’s rights with boards and flatirons.

Republic Square

With the presence of Hélène Bidard (Mayor deputee of Paris for Women’s and Human Rights)


17:00-19:00 PLENARY 2

Democracy versus banks. Regain power over finance

With politicians, economists and other personalities

Main tent, Republic Square


17:30 – 19:30 / LGBT rights in Europe: what progress?

Le Duplex (25 rue Michel Le Comte, Paris 3rd)

Anni Kivisto (LGBT Working Group of the EL, SKP, Finland), Ian Brossat (Mayor deputee of Paris, PCF, France), Cristina Semblano (Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal), SOS Homophobia (France), InterLGBT collective (France)

Translation: English



Cultural evening dedicated to the migrants

Republic Square


Sunday, 31 May

9:00-11:30 / Financing public spendings and public services in Europe

Main tent, Republic Square

Giorgos Katrougalos (Greek Minister of Public Services, Syriza), Trevor Evans (EuroMemorandum, Germany), Frédéric Boccara (Economist, PCF), Alain Grandjean (N. Hulot Foundation, France), Pouria Amirshahi (PS MP, France), Christiane Marty (Copernic Foundation), Marisa Matias (MEP Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal), Patricia Tejas (CGT-Finance), DGB Economist (Germany)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Concrete solidarity

Forest Hill, 28b Avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris 19th

Myrto Bolota (Solidarity for All, Greece), Collectif France-Greece for health, Sofie Merckx (spokeswoman of “Medicine for the people”, Belgium)

Animation: Amadou Deme

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Women’s Struggles in Europe

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe Auguste, Paris 11th

Giorgia Ekonomou (Greek finance ministry cleaners), Fatou Doumbia (Hair-cutters of the 57 bvd Strasbourg), Member of Parliament of Navarre (PCE, Spain), Malin Bjork (MEP, Sweden), Christiane Marty (Copernic Foundation), Laurence Cohen (Senator, PCF), FAE representative

Animation: Hugo Pompougnac

Translation: English, Spanish


9:00-11:30 / Defeat the TTIP

PCF Headquarters (Dome), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Patrick Le Hyaric (MEP, Director of l’Humanité), Eleonora Forenza (MEP Rifondazione comunista, Italy), Collectif Stop Tafta (France), Representative of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP”, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Theodora Kotsaka (Nikos Poulantzas Institute, Greece), Kenneth Haar (Corporate Europe Observatory, Denmark)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Dominant Media, Alternative Media: win the information battle

BSA, 11-15 rue Courat, Paris 20th

Norma Rangieri (Director of Il Manifesto, Italy), Gunther Walraff (writer and investigative journalist, Germany), Pasquale Serrano (investigative journalist, columnist Mundo Obrero, Spain), Vagelis Papadimitriou (ERT unionist, Greece), Christophe Kantchev (editor of Politis, France), Patrick Apel Muller (Mankind, France), Henri Malher (Acrimed, France)

Curzio Maltese MEP (Italy)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / An audit of the debt, an European issue

AGECA (main room) 177 rue de Charonne, Paris 11th

Zoe Konstantopoulou (President of the Greek Parliament), Thomas Coutrot (Collective for a debt audit, France), Citizens’ Initiative on debt (Portugal), Henri Sterdyniak (economists, France), Eric Toussaint (Commission for Truth on the Greek debt, CADTM)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Defeat the populists and the far Right

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe Auguste, Paris 11th

Gyorgi Droppa (Hungarian anti-fascist Movement, European Greens, Hungary), Finn Sørensen (MP Red-Green Alliance, Denmark), Mirko Messner (Leader of the Austrian Communist Party), Left Alliance representative (Finland), representative Union campaign against the FN, Elisabeth Gauthier (Espace Marx, transform! europe)

Animation: Louis Weber

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / The EU and the Mediterranean

PCF Headquarters (Conference Room), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Inger Johansen (Red-Green Alliance, Denmark), AKEL representative (Cyprus), Tunisian political organization, Said Sougty (Democratic Voice, Morocco), political organization from Spain

Animation: Claudia Haydt

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Peacebuilding in Ukraine and Europe

Pelleport Room, 66 Avenue Pelleport, Paris 20th

Francis Wurtz (honorary MEP, PCF, France), Elena Tchaltseva (researcher and political scientist, Ukraine), Heinz Bierbaum (International Department of Die Linke, Germany), Nils Anderson (Political analyst, community activist on peace issues, disarmament and the UN), Magali Picano Nacci (member of the National Council of the Movement for Peace, moderator of the Peace Committee of Lyon)

Animation: Lydia Samarbakhsh

Translation: Russian, English


9:00-11:30 / Social Justice, Climate Justice: mobilizing the youth for the Cop 21

AGECA, 177 rue de Charonne, Paris 11th

With the Young Friends of the Earth, Warn, Alternatiba, MJCF, PG sector university, GU youth, Ensemble youth, MJS, Nouvelle Donne Campus, Young Greens

Translation: English


9:00-11:30/ Make banks and ECB useful for jobs and a real economy

Pelleport Hall (Great Hall), 66 avenue Pelleport, Paris 20th

Corinna Genschel (Blockupy, Germany), Dominique Plihon (economists), Denis Durand (Economist, PCF), Pierre Khalfa (Copernic Foundation), Kent Hudson (for bank transparency on local activities, USA), Fabio De Masi (MEP Die Linke, Germany), Haris Golemis (transform! europe, Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Greece)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Work in the 21st century: new organization, new rights

Gymnasium Philippe Auguste, Avenue Philippe August, Paris 11th

Laurent Garrouste (Copernic Foundation), Christian Pilichowski (transform! europe), Véronique Sandoval (PCF / EMP), Roland Merieux (Ensemble), Tony Fraquelli (CGT group on Health at Work), Adoracion Guaman (FEC, Spain), Yann Lelann (Espace Marx), Mathieu Gregoire, Lucien Jallamion (R & S)

Translation: Spanish, English


9:00-11:30 / Commons, autogestion, pathways toward the alternative

Ecole des métiers de l’information, 7 rue des Petites Ecuries, Paris 10th

Chantal Delmas (transform! europe), Francine Mestrum (Global Social Justice), Marlis Gensler (Rosa Luxembourg Foundation), Marie Christine Vergiat (MEP, Intergroup EHS, Left front), Roberto Musacchio (transform! italia), Theodora Kotsaka (Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Greece)

Translation: English


9:00-11:30 / Fighting against all kinds of racism

PCF Headquarters (26-27 Room), 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 19th

Human Rights League representative, MRAP, Fabienne Haloui (PCF), René Monzat (Front de Gauche anti-racist)

Translation : english



After the victory of Syriza, an alliance to win the European showdown?

Main tent, Republic square

With politicians and movements personalities

Animation: Elisabeth Gauthier

Translation: English