The Left in Government II: Latin America and Europe Compared

Organisation: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels
Venue: Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels
Languages: Spanish and English
Contact: Marlis Gensler, Email, Phone: +32 (0)2 738 7663

The conference “The Left in Government II: Latin America and Europe Compared” at 28/29 June 2010, brought together experts from Latin American and European countries, among them government representatives on the ministerial level and intellectuals from left movements. The presentations and debates focused on how the exertion of governmental power by left forces and the participation of left forces in governments for profound change, both in Europe and Latin America, and as a means of developing transformatory social, political and cultural forces. Transnational cooperation between the left in the different world regions is of great importance in that regard.
 
Documentation:

>> Book publication
>> Documentation of country reports
>> Conference report
>> Photos of conference
 
Participants:
 
Europe:

  • Bisky, Lothar, President of European Parliamentary Group GUE/NGL (Die Linke), President of the Party of the European Left
  • Bockhahn, Steffen, Member of Parliament (Die Linke), Germany
  • Brie, Michael, Director of the Institute of Social Analysis, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany
  • Chavez, Daniel, New Politics Programme Coordinator, Transnational Institute, The Netherlands
  • Cirera, Daniel, General Secretary of the Scientific Advisory Board, Gabriel Péri Foundation, France
  • Daiber, Birgit (Ms.), Head of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels Office
  • Dupret, Paul-Emile, European Parliament, GUE/NGL
  • Erlingsdóttir, Auður Lilja (Ms.), Left-Green Movement, Iceland
  • Fratoianni, Nicola, Regional Minister (Apulia, Italy) for youth and migration policies, and transparency
  • Gabbert, Karin (Ms.), Head of regional department Latin America, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany
  • Hildebrandt, Cornelia (Ms.), Researcher at Institute of Social Analysis, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany
  • Hunko, Andrej, Member of Parliament (Die Linke), Germany
  • Liebich, Stefan, Member of Parliament (Die Linke), Germany
  • Ohly, Lars, Chairman of the Left Party, Member of Parliament, Sweden
  • Scholz, Helmut, Member of the European Parliament, GUE/NGL (Die Linke), Member of the Board of the European Left Party
  • Schulz, Dietmar, International Department of the Party The Left (Die Linke), Germany
  • Seierstad, Dag, Member of Party Committee of the Socialist Left Party, Political Council of the Parliamentary Group on European Issues, Norway
  • Stahl, Gerhard, General Secretary of the Committee of the Regions, European Union
  • Stanislawski, Bojan, Journalist at OPZZ union magazine, Poland
  • Süssner, Henning, Researcher at the Institute of Social and Welfare Studies, University of Linköping, Sweden
  • Trochowski, Daniela (Ms.), State Secretary, Ministry of Finances, Party Die Linke, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Tuominen, Laura (Ms.), Researcher at Left Forum, Finland
  • Wahl, Joachim, Working Group Latin America, Party Die Linke, Germany
  • Zimmer, Gabriele (Ms.), Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL (Die Linke)

Latin America:

  • Bonilla, Blancaflor (Ms.), Mayor of Ayutuxtepeque, FMLN, El Salvador
  • Codas, Gustavo, Paraguayan Director of Binational Itaipu, Paraguay
  • Cuadra Núñez, Arlen Jahoska (Ms.), Member of the International Secretariat, FSLN, Nicaragua
  • García, Graciela (Ms.), Political Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of External Relations of Uruguay, Frente Amplio, Member of the National Directory of MPP and member of the Central Com-mittee of MLN, Uruguay
  • González Bozzolasco, Ignacio, Deputy Secretary General, Movement to Socialism Party, Paraguay
  • Ilíada, Iole (Ms.), Director of the International Cooperation Department, Perseu Abramo Foundation, Brazil
  • Laborde, Oscar, Secretary for International Relations of Frente Transversal, Special Representative for teh Integration and Social Participation for the Foreign Affairs Ministry (Cancilleria), Argentina
  • Páez, Pedro, President of the Presidential Technical Commission of Ecuador for the Design of the New Regional Financial Architecture - Banco del Sur, Ecuador
  • Pomar, Valter, Workers Party (PT), Member of the National Board, Excecutive Secretary of the Foro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Rodas Chaves, Germán, Lecturer at the Andean University Simón Bolivar, Socialist Coordination of Latin America, Socialist Party, Ecuador
  • Rodríguez Gelfenstein, Sergio, International Analyst, Professor of the Pedro Gual Institute for High Diplomatic Studies of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, PSUV, Venezuela
  • Ruiz, Juan Ramón, Responsible for Europe in the Interantional Relations Secretariat of URNG-MAÍZ, Member of the Executive Secretariat of the Political Council of URNG-MAÍZ, Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity URNG-MAÍZ, Guatemala
  • Silva Cuadra, Esteban, National coordinator of the Movement of Socialistas Allendistas of Chile/Frente Amplio, Director of International Relations at the Latin-American Institute of High Social Studies (ILAES Postgraduate), Chile
  • Stefanoni, Pablo, Journalist, Economist, Social Researcher, Director of Le Monde Diplomatique Bolivia, Correspondent of Clarín, Il Manifesto and Brecha, Bolivia

Programme:

Sunday, 27 June 2010


Opening Reception, from 18:00 onwards, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Ave. Michel-Ange 11, 1000 Brussels
 
Monday, 28 June 2010

Conference, 10:00 - 17:30, Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 53, 5th floor, Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

09:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome
Birgit Daiber (Ms.), Head of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels Office
Gerhard Stahl, General Secretary of the Committee of the Regions, European Union

10:30 - 11:30 Introduction
Lothar Bisky, President of European Parliamentary Group GUE/NGL (Die Linke), President of the Party of the European Left: International exchange of experiences within the left - an essential source for progress
Daniela Trochowski (Ms.), State Secretary, Ministry of Finances, Party Die Linke, Brandenburg, Germany: Conditions for left budgetary and financial policy in the German region Brandenburg
Birgit Daiber (Ms.): Conclusions of first conference and introduction
Facilitation: Birgit Daiber

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 13:30 Limitations and opportunities of left governmental policy
Michael Brie, Director of Institute of Social Analysis, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany: For a fundamental political change: the struggle for participation of the left in governments in Europe
Páez, Pedro, President of the Presidential Technical Commission of Ecuador for the Design of the New Regional Financial Architecture - Banco del Sur, Ecuador: Processes of social participation linked to the New International Financial Architechture
Iole Ilíada (Ms.), Director of International Relations Department, Perseu Abramo Foundation, Brazil: Correlation of forces as central question for the left in government
Discussion, Facilitation: Dario Azzellini, author and political scientist, Germany

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch buffet, Atrium 5, 5th floor

15:00 - 17:30 Synthesis of Latin American country reports
Valter Pomar, Workers Party (PT), Member of the National Board, Executive Secretary of the Foro de Sao Paulo, Brazil: Analysis of Latin American country reports
Discussion, Facilitation: Dario Azzellini
 
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Conference, 10:00 - 17:30, Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 53, 5th floor, Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

10:00 - 11:30 Synthesis of European country reports
Cornelia Hildebrandt (Ms.), Researcher at Institute of Social Analysis, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany: Analysis of European country reports
Discussion, Facilitation: Michael Brie

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00 Synthesis of European country reports (continued)
Discussion, Facilitation: Michael Brie

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch buffet, Atrium 5, 5th floor

14:00 h -15:30 Comparison
Discussion, Iole Ilíada (Ms.): Introduction and Facilitation

15:30 - 17:300 Final conclusions
Discussion, Facilitation: Birgit Daiber (Ms.)