13 axes of discussion were defined for the European Social Forum - 2010 that will be held in Istanbul (1 to 4 of July), after the meeting of a working group last saturday (November, 21), in Paris, and a previous discussion in the European Preparatory Assembly (EPA) in Diyarbakir (September, 25 and 26). The ESF will be settled in the center of Istanbul and the calendar to prepare this big Forum is defined.
An "Assembly of the Assemblies" in the last day of the ESF, including topics discussed in the meetings of the previous days and inspired by the model created in the last World Social Forum (Belém – 2009), will be the most important novelty in the program of the European Social Forum, replacing the "Assembly of Social Movements". Another innovation inspired by the activities from Belém will be the initiative "Istanbul Expanded", that will allow activists and organizations that can not go to Istanbul to organize events using video-projection and internet.
Taskisla Campus of the Istanbul Technical University, 5 minutes away from Taksim Square (the most crowded area of the city), will be the main meeting place. All the places for the events are very close to each other (few minutes walking) and various movie theaters and cultural centers on Istiklal Street (linked to Taksim Square) will be used for these events. Yeni Melek Concert Hall will be the biggest place, with capacity for 2.000 persons. The European Social Forum will occupy the center of Istanbul, with a very strong visibility for the local population.
77 Turkish organizations are supporting the organization of the European Social Forum. Their appeal for participation states that "We struggled together against the privatization of public services, occupations in the Middle East, deadlock in Kurdish problem, deaths of the workers in dockyards, commercialization of water, violence against women, censor to media, unidentified murders, isolation in prison, urban transformation, environmental disasters and violation of trade unions and labor rights. We developed a common struggle and discussion culture. We will host the social movements of Europe and organizations that are in favor of labor, democracy and freedom in Istanbul in 2010. We believe that the European Social Forum in Istanbul is an important opportunity for the social movements which are active in Turkey in to meet with their corresponding organizations at the international level and to share their experiences".
The proposals for seminars can be presented from December, 15 to March, 15. Each organization can present up to 3 proposals, that will be merged, to avoid repetitions of similar seminars, in the last European Preparatory Assembly before the ESF, to be held in May (14 to 16). This Assembly will define the final program for the ESF in Istanbul. Before that, another EPA will define the logistics and organizational aspects of the Forum, in Berlin (January, 29 and 30).
The axes for the European Social Forum that were approved last saturday in the working group meeting in Paris were based on an exhaustive previous discussion in the European Preparatory Assembly held in September, in Diyarbakir, in the days before the Mesopotamian Social Forum. These axes (and subtitles) are: