• GUE/NGL Seminar, in cooperation with the Forum Social Europe
  • Focus on Central and Eastern Europe

  • The seminar deals with economic, social and political developments, the situation of the trade union movement and the challenges of the political and trade union Left.

    The Forum Social Europe is a European network of trade unionists.


Draft Agenda

Thursday, 11 April 2013

15.00 – 15.15
Welcome by Gabi Zimmer (GUE/NGL President) and Horst Schmitthenner (FSE)

15.15 – 16:00

Twenty years of economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Milica Uvalic, economist, University of Perugia, Italy

The rise of the radical right in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Jiri Mastalka MEP, GUE/NGL, Czech Republic

16.00 – 16.30 

Discussion, concluding remarks

16.30 – 17.30 

The situation of organised labour in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Grigor Gradev, Executive Secretary, Pan European Regional Council
  • Marek Tosil, President OSCMS DPP trade union, Czech Republic
  • Petre Damo, Regional President, Teachers Union, Romania

The new labour market in Europe – status of EU regulations
(posting of workers enforcement directive, groundhandling directive)

  • Thomas Händel MEP, GUE/NGL, Germany

17.30 – 18.00:

Discussion, concluding remarks

18.00 – 18.30:

Schedule and planning for the next GUE/NGL and FSE meeting 


Friday, 12 April 2013

09.00 – 12.30: 

Meeting of the Forum Social Europe – Network of Trade Unionists

1. Report on the trade union disputes in the construction industry in Cyprus, on Legoland and in the public transport sector in Athens

  • Tim Lubecki (NGG, DE) and Søren Kruse (3F, DK) on Legoland dispute
  • Pieris Pieri (PEO, Cyprus); N.N. (Greece)

2. The new labour market in Europe: workers migration, exploitation and social dumping – and our response

  • Eduardo Chagas, General Secretary, European Transport Workers’ Federation: Social dumping in road haulage
  • Roy Pedersen, LO Oslo, Norway: How construction workers in Oslo succeeded in organising migrant workers: 

3. Update on the resistance against austerity policies in Europe – including the 14 November 2012 actions, the Alter Summit process and the europeanisation of the struggle

  • Fausto Durante (ETUC Executive Committee, CGIL) on 14 November 2012 and March 2013 actions follow up
  • Walter Baier (Coordinator transform! europe) on Alter Summit process

4. Any other business


Interpretation for both meetings: FR, DE, NL, IT, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, SV, CS