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Are you worried as policy makers do not address the existing challenges in Europe such as affordable housing in urban areas, precarious employment and the lasting migration and refugee policies crisis? Join us for our New Political Course Days in Barcelona where we want to debate solutions to secure a sustainable, just and democratic European Union.
The current times in Europe are characterised by political uncertainty and instability in regard to domestic as well as foreign policies. As it is clear that we are living in times of fundamental change, citizens all over Europe must be equipped with the tools to take a new political course and they must be empowered to face the challenges ahead.
Many countries across the EU face similar challenges in various areas that affect citizens’ daily lives: insufficient access to affordable housing, high unemployment rates and precarious jobs, sexist violence and the ongoing migration and asylum policies crisis. At the same time, we can observe a neoliberal drift as well as the rise of nationalist, undemocratic forces in some EU member states that is counterproductive to find sustainable solutions to those challenges.
Only with an extensive participation of citizens, the radical changes that are needed to face those challenges can be made.
About the event
The upcoming New Political Course Days, organised with the support of Fundació Nous Horitzons and in collaboration with a variety of other actors such as Fundació l’Alternativa and Instituto 25M Democracia, will provide a space for debate with agents of change and to formulate demands towards the political representatives for this era of change in Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
Friday, 14 September
17:30 DISCUSSION WITH ADA COLAU
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona
18:15 PANEL DEBATE Multilevel governance, politics of scale and social transformation
Lucía Martín, ECP representative in the Congress of Deputies: Housing policies
Pablo Cotarelo, Engineer and consultant for the energy sector: A new energy economy
Marta Junqué, Fearless Cities: From the neighbourhoods to Europe – the relation of local and global
Moderation: Marc Parés, Professor of Geography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and head of the Research Group on Urban Governance, Commons, Internet & Social innovation at the Institute for Government and Public Policies
Saturday, 15 September
10:00 PANEL DEBATE Europe, sovereignty and democracy
Ernest Urtasun, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA Group
Fabio de Masi, Member of the German Parliament of Die Linke
Elly Schlein, MEP of S&D
Moderation: Lucile Schmid, Co-President of the Green European Foundation
11:15 PANEL DEBATE A new economic, social and environmental model for Catalonia
Jordi Angusto, Economist: A new economic model for Catalonia
Sandra Ezquerra, Professor of sociology at Universitat de Vic Barcelona: A feminist economy
José Antonio Donaire, Professor of geography at Universitat de Girona: A sustainable economy
12:45 PANEL DEBATE Start of the new political course: the challenges ahead for progressive forces in this moment of change
Elisenda Alemany, Member of the Catalan Parliament for Catalunya En Comú Podem
Ione Belarra, Representative in the Congress of Deputies for Unidos Podemos
Enric Juliana, Deputy Director of La Vanguardia
Gemma Ubasart, Professor of political science at Universitat de Girona
Moderation: Dolors Comas d’Argemir, President of Fundació Nous Horitzons
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Barcelona, Catalonia 08018 Spain