Join us for two days of debate, action & celebration to launch the Alternative Trade Mandate
The current trading system isn’t working. Tons of food – often unsafe – gets thrown away while millions of people go hungry. Deregulated banks have brought the economic system to the brink of collapse. Very high demand for resources is destroying our planet whilst threatening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable in society. EU trade policy has played a significant role in causing and exacerbating the current crises in our economy, food, energy and the environment. But the recent launch of the EU-US trade negotiations shows that the EU wants more of the same, namely destructive trade agreements which eliminate social and environmental safeguards in pursuit of corporate profit. We’ve been told that this is the only way out of the crisis. But we don’t believe it. We’ve been told that there is no alternative. But we know there is. And we have developed it. The Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance, a group of almost 60 civil society groups from across Europe (including Corporate Europe Observatory), has developed an alternative vision for European trade policy – one that puts people and the planet before big business. Join us on 26 - 27 November in Brussels, shortly before the summit of the World Trade Organisation in Bali, when we will present this alternative to the world and outline our plans for a powerful campaign towards the European elections which will help to make our vision a reality.
26 November 2013
13:30-18:00 Assembly with activists from Europe and the global south, to present and discuss our alternatives and our campaign towards the European elections in 2014 18:00-22:00 Delicious food & drink and live music
27 November 2013
10:00-12:00 Joint action: walk of resistance and alternatives through the EU quarter
13:00-15:30 Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance meeting to discuss the EU election campaign
Please register for the event by 10 November.