Solidarity is not a Crime


Le Ciminiere
Viale Africa 12


Two days of debate on the current migration policies in Europe, with activists, civil society, and forces of the left.


Organized by Party of the European Left, Partito della Rifondazione Comunista, and transform! europe.


Friday, 15 November

Opening by Maite Mola (EL Vice-president)

Welcoming by Claudio Fava (Regional Councillor in Sicily elected by the Left)

PANEL 1 (10:00-13:00)

From Frontex to illegal repatriation agreements. Repression is a wrong choice


  • Stefano Galieni – Responsible of Movement, Peace and Immigration/ PRC, Italy
  • Mini Minawi – Chairman of SLM and SRF in Darfour
  • Elly Schlein – MEP S&D, Italy
  • Nancy Porsia – Journalist/freelance (Middle East and Arab Countries), Italy

Moderator: Anna Mikkola – EL Migration WG / Left Alliance, Finland


PANEL 2 (14:00-18:00)

European Left solutions: universal welfare, legal entry channels for migrants  and asylum seekers, common European strategy


  • Maite Mola – EL Vice President / PCE, Spain
  • Eleonora Forenza – MEP GUE/NGL, Italy
  • Berta Cao – Local Consultant on Migration and Refuge in Madrid, Spain
  • Olga Athaniti – Coordinator of the EL Migration WG / Syriza, Greece

Moderator: Thiago Queimado Silva – EL Migration WG / SKP, Finland



Saturday, 16 November

PANEL 3 (10h-14h)

A Euro-Mediterranean Road Map. Alliance among progressive political forces, activists, journalists, lawyers and NGOs to protect people and human rights.


  • Giovannella Scifo – Mediterranean Hope Elena Mazzoni – Fair Watch
  • Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo – Associazione Diritti e Frontiere Flore Morard Yovanovich – Journalist and writer
  • Senka Neuman Stanivukovic – University of Groningen, International Relations and International Organization / Euroculture
  • Médecins sans frontiers
  • ARCI

Moderator: Katerina Anastasiou – transform! europe


Closing remarks by Maurizio Acerbo, PRC National Secretary


In front of Frontex in Catania with letter addressed to Fabrice Leggeri (Frontex Executive Director)