The Party of the European Left (EL) relies to withstand in a radical way the austerity that is imposing the Troika and to fight in defence of public services

The Party of the European Left (EL) relies to withstand in a radical way the austerity that is imposing the Troika and to fight in defence of public services

On the closing day today, Sunday, the 300 delegates that attended the 4th Congress overwhelmingly approved the 'Policy Paper' and 'Programmatic Platform' that have been discussed

Pierre Laurent, the re-elected president of the EL in the ballot on which was also renewed its Exboard, while the leader of the Greek organization SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, has been appointed as its candidate for the presidency of the European Commission

The Party of the European Left (EL) relies to withstand on a radical an explicit way the austerity imposed by the Troika, and to consider how to deal critically and provide an alternative to the payment of the debt incurred by the States with speculative banks, to guarantee the public services and to reject firmly the approval of the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.A.

These proposals, raised to be integrated by the 26 organizations that make up the EL in their specific electoral programs for the European elections of May 2014, have been included in the documents that have been discussed by the 300 delegates since last Friday until today’s end of  the 4th Congress that this multinational force has organized in Madrid. The political forces that make up the EL have 27 MEPs integrated into the European United Left Parliamentary Group / Nordic Green Left (GUE / NGL) out of 754 and the forecast say that they will have a quantum leap in the elections next year.

Among the documents that have been subject of analysis and deliberation are the 'Policy Paper' of the congress and the 'Programmatic Platform' presented by the organization for the elections to the European Parliament. The first has been approved by 93% of the delegates, while the latter has received the support of 86.4%.

Moreover, in this closing session has undertaken the renovation of the Exboard of the EL. Pierre Laurent was re-elected for another term of three years with a support of 76% of the representatives of the member parties of this organization that were present at the congress. Also have been re-elected Maite Mola (Izquierda Unida) and Alexis Tsipras as vice presidents.

In the case of leader of the Greek organization SYRIZA, the Congress of the Party of the European Left has designated Tsipras as its candidate for the presidency of the European Commission for the election to take place in 2014.

In his speech to the Plenary, Alexis Tsipras, who heads the Greece opposition, urged his comrades from other international parties of the alternative left to not "miss the opportunity" that will involve the election next year in order to end with the neoliberal policies imposed from the top of the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that cause so much damage in his country and in most states of the European Union (EU).

In the approved documents the EL exposes various measures to deal with the severe economic crisis from a social and left perspective and sets as a priority the creation of employment, and the pursuit of a "social, ecological and solidary" economic development.

This new model of economic growth has to "abandon austerity plans" to avoid a "humanitarian catastrophe" and reform the common agricultural policy to ensure "food sovereignty".

Together with the rejection of the future Free Trade Agreement EU-US, the European Left proposes to suspend the agreement of the European Union and Israel as the authorities of that State remain "violating" human rights, and also the elimination of military bases outside the EU boundaries.

The 'Policy Paper' highlights proposals about the "emancipation" from financial markets in order to put the economy to the service of the people. The document makes clear that the EL does not pursuit to abandon the euro, since it does not lead "automatically" to more progressive policies