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Green European Foundation hosted a special workshop during the The 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest. The event was organised on the 2nd of September 2016, together with Research & Degrowth.
Could we say that degrowth has entered parliamentary politics? Notably several party figures, especially in Europe, have raised the issue of degrowth in their parties and in the parliaments.
For this session, we invited outstanding politicians from various European countries and political parties that, in different ways, have engaged with degrowth. First, we asked them to share with the degrowth community the experiences they have had while attempting to promote degrowth within their parties and/or parliaments looking specifically at the opportunities and challenges they are facing. Second, we wanted to know what opportunities they see for the future and whether degrowth could gain momentum in public debates, electoral campaigns and in the parliaments. Third, we were eager to understand whether and how the degrowth community, which includes grassroots activists, practitioners and researchers, could eventually support such processes from outside the parliaments.
The focus was on the national and European levels. On the one hand, these levels are potentially very relevant to implement degrowth ideas in a systematic way, but –on the other hand- they are also places were decision-making processes are complex, the balance of powers not favorable, and mainstream ideology very strong.
- Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Spokeperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, member of Ecolo (Belgium);
- Sabine Leidig, former director of Attac Germany, and Member of the Bundestag for Die Linke (Germany);
- Florent Marcellesi, Spokesperson of EQUO in the European Parliament (Spain);
- Rebeka Szabó, Vice-Mayor of the 14th district of Budapest – Zugló.
- Aurélie Maréchal, Director of the Green European Foundation;
- Federico Demaria, researcher at Research & Degrowth, and ICTA UAB.
VENUE: Corvinus University auditorium, Budapest
TIME: Friday, the 2nd of September 2016, 16h30 – 18h30
Budapest, 1093 Hungary