EU crisis policies put on trial

15 May 2014 - Event

Transnational Institute (TNI), Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Transform!, with the support of several European networks and organisations1, are organising a People's Tribunal on EU Economic Governance on 15 and 16 May in Brussels. This event is organized in the frame of the Week of action organized by a broad coalition of social movements.

The Tribunal aims to analyse and expose the EU policy measures taken in response to the crisis, by presenting the social consequences of these measures in countries all over Europe.

The Tribunal will bring together a dozen witnesses from different European countries. In their testimonies, they will set out the social consequences of the EU's crisis policies related to an issue specific to their own country, for example:

  • Spanish anti-evictions campaign PAH
  • Greek neighbourhood solidarity initiatives
  • Portuguese dockworkers
  • German centre against precarious labour
  • Attac Hungary on the rise of neo-fascism.

The testimonies of the witnesses will be complemented by analyses of the broader European context in relation to the EU's crisis policies.

  • Jan Willem Goudriaan (EPSU) will cover the impact of EU policies on public services
  • Fintan Farrell (European Anti Poverty Network) will talk about the effects on poverty rates
  • Ronald Janssen (ETUC) will discuss the consequences for labour rights.

Furthermore, the European context related to debt, democratic principles and austerity policies will be part of the debate.

A conclusion will be provided in the form of a verdict presented as a synthesis of what has been said in the presentations by the witnesses and the rapporteurs. This will be discussed by a judges panel which includes among others economist Miren Etxezarreta and Walter Baier from the Transform! network.

Marco Buti, Director-General of DG ECFIN at the European Commission, has also been invited to provide a defense (presence tbc).

This People's Tribunal will be a unique event, providing for the first time a Europewide assessment of the realities of the EU austerity policies from the ground, across a broad cross section of witnesses and analysts from different countries and sectors. Live streaming will be arranged to move the discussions beyond the room in Brussels.

You are warmly invited to participate in the People's Tribunal on EU Economic Governance that takes place on 15 May from 14 to 17 hrs and on 16 May from 10 to 17 hrs. Please inform us whether you are coming via soltrumbovila [at] or leonie[at]

The live streaming address:

1 the European Attac Network and several of its national chapters, Stichting Weerbaarheid en Solidariteit, CADTM, Globalproject, European Anti Poverty Network , Alter Summit.