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Date Fri, 12 Dec 2003 16:27:56 +0100 (CET)

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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 Summit.

The following topics have been announced for discussion at the European
Economic Summit:
Economic Outlook: Does Western Europe's downturn call for structural
Eurozone Economics: What are the political implications of a two-speed
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:

* [Ed. Note: initiative of anarchists and non-authoritarian left]

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