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(en) Poland, help needed with anti WEF site - WHAT WE WANT http://www.alter.most.org.pl/aes/

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Date Sun, 21 Dec 2003 08:38:36 +0100 (CET)

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After many years of lying there unchanged, the WEF page got a bit of a (much
needed) cosmetic makeover. Still, we have a serious lack of texts in English
(not to mention just about nothing in the local language). Can anybody send some texts or links to texts?
If there are any interesting texts, not so much about protests but about WEF
itself and a critique of it, please send them even in German, French,
Spanish, Russian or Serbo-Croatian because maybe we can translate the bext ones. L.
We do not believe that capitalism can be reformed. The problem goes beyond "corporate
greed"; the problem is the hierarchical planning of the economy whereby labour
is hired and stripped of its power to make decisions and control the products of its
production. Not to control production in order to accumulate wealth - not
to accumulate wealth at all but to take back power, to create a world in
which direct democracy rules, not meetings of elites.

Instead of elites meeting, we should be meeting. We should be making all
the decisions which effect our lives. Nobody should be making policy
decisions for anybody else.

In short, we want workers' control and anarchism.
On the eve of accession to the European Union (significantly
planned for May 1 to change the nature of that holiday), the
European Economic Summit (which was cancelled in Dublin due
to planned protests) is coming to Warsaw.
On this occasion, we would like to great the Summit not only
with protest but with criticism and alternative visions. It is with
this aim that we are calling for participation in an Alternative
Economic Forum.
The Forum will be open in nature and it is our intention to attract
an audience from the general public as well as the activist
community. The Forum will consist mainly of two sorts of events:
lectures or presentations and discussions/ workshops. Other
events may be included but the main focus shall be on advancing
a critique of current economic trends and practices and proposing
radical alternatives to them. In particular, we would be interested
in addressing at least some of the issues to be discussed at the

The following topics have been announced for discussion at the
European Economic Summit:

•Economic Outlook: Does Western Europe's downturn call for structural reform?
•Eurozone Economics: What are the political implications of a two-speed Europe?
•The Common Agricultural Policy: Can it be reformed enough to meet the demands of enlargement
•The Future of the Stability Pact: Propping up a cornerstone of the EU
•Beyond Enlargement: What will be the timetable for the next round of accession negotiations?
•Effects of an Expanded Union on Business
•The Regulatory Environment
•Attracting Investment
•Labour Markets
•Risks and Liabilities: How can foreign companies evaluate
and manage the new risk environment?
•Europe in the Geopolitical Context
•Transatlantic Relations: What difference does enlargement make?
•Banking and Financial Services
•Consumer Markets in Central Europe
•The Oil and Gas Industry in the New Europe
•Infrastructure: How much will be distributed through transfer funds?
We feel that the following topics should be addressed during
the Alternative Forum:

•Labour Markets
•Structural Reform in Western Europe in Light of European Enlargement
•The Stability Pact - What it Means
•Business and the Future of Capitalism in an Enlarged EU
•The Impact of New Investment in Accession States
•The Situation in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey
•Russian Economic and Geopolitical Strategy in Light of EU Enlargement

Proposals for additional topics are extremely welcome.

At this point we would like to invite organizations and
individuals to support this initiative by:
• passing on this information to other interested parties
• agreeing to organize a talk or other event
We invite abstracts or short summaries of proposed events.
The languages of the presentations are open to negotiation.
Summaries should include the subject matter, form of event,
name of speaker(s) or organizers, time and space expectations
and language(s) of the main organizers.

Please send proposals or queries of interest by February 28
to: cube-A-zigzag.pl

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