Following Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen and Rome, the 5th Plan B summit will take place on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017 in Lisbon, claiming back democracy for the peoples of Europe and asserting democratic cooperation and solidarity as true alternatives to the increasing democratic and social deficit imposed by the Lisbon Treaty 10 years ago. In the Lexit Blog we document the call for this conference.
The 4th Plan B Summit took place last weekend in Rome. The conference declaration says: “Facing impossibility of deep reorientation of EU, we commit to engage our countries to regaining control of their basic tools for intervening in the economy. With close cooperation among States, we want to implement our progressive agenda of fiscal, social, economic and environmental justice.
Let us be clear on a key element. Between our people and saving the euro, our choice is clear : we chose the people. We propose, as an alternative to the Plan A, a Plan B for an “amicable divorce” of the euro or a euro-exit plan for a single country. In general, a framework for monetary cooperation based on national currencies and a common European accounting unit.”
The full statement is available in several languages here.
On 2-3 December 2016 the Paris branch of the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy (EReNSEP) hosted an international conference on “France and Europe after Brexit”. Documentation on the conference (papers and videos) can be found here.
The participants of the conference agreed on a common statement, which we document below.
We document here the final declaration of the Plan B Summit, which took place on 19-20 November 2016 in Copenhagen
We, the undersigned, elected representatives, academics, trade unionists, social movements, party organisations, commit ourselves to a standing Plan B for Europe as a force of opposition and alternative to the European institutions. We refuse a Europe of permanent austerity, attacks on social and labour rights and devaluation of labour. We deplore the erosion of financial stability on our continent. We contest the shift from public to private which redirects common resources and public finances to service debt owned by banks.
The steamrolling of the Greek left wing experiment in 2015 has shown the need for a platform that specifically addresses the blackmail and the attempt to impose neoliberal policies via the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). An alternative is needed urgently, as the EMU is set to become even more dangerous in the coming years.
Last weekend the 3rd international summit for a Plan B in Europe took place in Copenhagen. Around 200 participants discussed alternatives to the Europe of Austerity. You can read the conference call here. The video stream of the whole conference is online here. We present today the video of Costas Lapavitsas speech, with is worth seeing.