It will be a general assembly open to all – not just D19-20 members – so this is the opportunity to bring friends and acquaintances.
Read the open letter against the police repression in Brussels, signed by many including the D19-20 alliance:
Starting point: Place Poelart 8am, Thursday, May 15!
SURROUND THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
WE WILL NOT LET BIG BUSINESS DICTATE EUROPEAN POLITICS !
NO TO AUSTERITY*!
NO THE GREAT TRANSATLANTIC MARKET (TTIP**) !
DEMOCRACY FROM BELOW !
The D19-20 Alliance brings together farmers, citizens, workers, unemployed, artists, trade unions, NGOs, not-for-profits, activists etc. struggling against austerity policies* and the ‘Great Transatlantic Market’ (the EU-US free trade deal, or ‘TTIP’**) pushed by Karel de Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade. As active members of Belgian civil society, we are determined to build and maintain a counterbalance against the attacks by the European Union on all parts of the population.
15 May 2014: Democracy in Danger!
This May 15, Europe’s biggest businesses have invited our political leaders (Karel de Gucht, Didier Reynders, Guy Verhofstadt, Kris Peeters etc.) to the Egmont palace for the ‘European Business Summit’. The organisers of this great lobbying jamboree have stated their goal: to influence European leaders a few days before the elections.
The ‘Transatlantic Partnership’ (TTIP**) will be at the heart of the debate. Negotiated away from democratic scrutiny, refusing to meet those who oppose it, Karel de Gucht’s ears are open exclusively to big business, who see this treaty as an unmissable opportunity to increase their power within the EU.
We won’t let them!
This May 15, from 8am, Surround the Egmont Palace!
* Austerity: A policy which aims to make workers, employed and unemployed pay for the economic crisis, while the real perpetrators – banks and big business – are not only exempt from all liability but directly benefit from the policies.
**TTIP: Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the US (formally called the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’, or TTIP), which, if passed, will privatise public services, increase competition between workers, crush small producers (agricultural and other), lower existing social protection, health and environmental standards, allow the use of chemical products and production methods currently banned in Europe, prevent new regulations in the financial sector, overprotect privately-held intellectual property, compel countries in the global South to accept commercial deals that harm their sovereignty, entitle investors to sue states in secret courts which citizens are made to pay for and which seriously limit our legislative capacity.
Tel: 0479 43 21 11 (Luc Hollands)