EL Executive Board meeting Rome 17-18 April 2009

EL Executive Board meeting Rome 17-18 April 2009

The Executive Board of the European Left met this weekend, on 17 and 18 April in Rome, finalising the preparation of the common electoral campaign and linked activities in over 10 European countries.

The common electoral platform translated into 15 languages will serve as the fundamental document in the campaign, as agreed by consensus of the parties and its members. Another main topic of the meeting was the conclusions of the European Left after the G20 summit in London. With the participation of prof. Emiliano Brancaccio from the University of Sannio, prof. Riccardo Bellofiore from the University of Bergamo, and Bernard Sander from the Tranform! Europe network, the first day focused on the financial crisis and the socio-economic situation in the different European countries. Other important issues debated in Rome were the food sovereignty and the necessary reform of the GAP, the EU migration and asylum policy, new developments in Latin America and proposals for the further struggle in the EU and all European countries against precariousness. The adopted motions concerning these topics can be found below.

Grigore Petrenco from the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova reported about the political situation after the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova on 5 April. The European Left reaffirms its position that the defeated parties should accept the democratic will of the Moldovan people and find constructive ways of cooperation for a positive development in the country.

A public event on Piazza Navona of the European Left and its members Rifondazione Comunista and Comunisti Italiani took place on Saturday afternoon. With interventions by Lothar Bisky, Chairman of the EL, Francis Wurtz, President of the United Left/Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament, Francisco Frutos, General Secretary of the Spanish Communist party and Paolo Ferrero, General Secretary of Rifondazione Comunista, the event attracted more then 5,000 people.
Adopted motions: Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution
Motion for a free and open web
Solidarity with Evo Morales
Motion on migration and the economic crisis
The Europen Left on the G20 Summit
Motion on the post-electoral situation in the Republic of Moldova
A "Labour Standard" against the Black Wave, by Emiliano Brancaccio
Motion on the Middle East