Following Paris, Madrid and Copenhagen, the 4th Plan B summit will take place on 11-12th of March 2017 in Rome as an alternative summit to the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

In the face of multiple crises on multiple fronts, European leaders, this year, are expected to launch a new process for deepening neoliberal integration, and will pursue an economically, socially and democratically unsustainable route.

The Plan B Summit in Rome will offer concrete alternatives to break with the current treaties and policy agenda.  Europe can no longer continue down the destructive path of neoliberal economic and monetary integration, which has eroded welfare states in the service of private banks and created distrust and nationalism by pitting workers against each other in a single market under a single currency.

The Plan B Summits are intrinsically linked to the goal of re-establishing democracy and popular sovereignty for European peoples and to remind the purpose of existence of any European Union: the prosperity of its people and its societies.

Plan B initiative was launched as a political reaction to the European Institutions’ blackmail of the Greek people in the summer of 2015. This strategy combines various proposals for a renegotiation aimed at a deep re-orientation of the European project (Plan A). To this end, we are committed to openly disobey the undemocratic European practices and neoliberal rules. Should renegotiation fail, we stand ready to engage in a more radical break, national or multilateral, with the current European framework (Plan B).

2017 offers us a unique occasion for mobilising public support for a break with the neo-liberal order of the EU and euro-zone as people will have their say in the Dutch, French, German and probably Italian elections. This year could become a year of radical change for the people of Europe.

The Plan B Summit in Rome will be a 2 half-day summit with plenary debates and workshops held at the Campidoglio where the Treaty of Rome was signed 60 years ago. The European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy will be there to explore options, share positions and discuss the next steps.

More information on the summit here.


Summit Agenda

Saturday, March 11

Palazzo Senatorio – Protomoteca

12.00- 13.00: Registration

13.00- 14.00:  Plenary session

Presentation, introduction and interventions

Stefano Fassina (Mp, Sinistra Italiana, Italy),  Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Mep, France Insoumise, France), Zoe Konstantopoulou (Head-Course to Freedom, President-Truth Committee on Public Debt, former President of the Hellenic Parliament), Jonas Sjöstedt, (MP, Left Party, Sweden), Eleonora Forenza (Mep, L’Altra Europa, Italy)

14.00-14.30: Greetings from Nicola Fratoianni (National secretary Sinistra italiana). John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Labour Party) and Paolo Ferrero (PRC national secretary-Vice President European Left Party)

15.00-17.00: Parallel sessions

Palazzo Senatorio – Protomoteca

  • The European integration turns Sixty: blueprint for a different EU: A peoples’ European integration – Social and environmental standards’ harmonization – The case for a social and environmental protectionism – No tax havens and tax competition – Migration
    Chair: Eric Coquerel (Parti de Gauche, France),
    Speakers: Xabier Benito (MEP, Podemos), Monica Di Sisto (Vice President Fair Watch, Stop TTIP- Italia), Luca Visentini (Secretary General, ETUC), Lorenzo Marsili (DIEM25), Monica Frassoni (European Green Party, Co-chairperson), Emma Wallrup (MP for the Swedish Left party)

Palazzo Senatorio – Piccola Protomoteca

  • The Maastricht Treaty: a regressive “constitution” for democracy in the EU: The neoliberal nature of Maastricht Treaties – Labour devaluation and the nature of the European crisis – Treaties against national Constitutions – Democracy within the EU: social dialogue and involvement of movements
    Chair: Christophe Ventura (Mémoire des Luttes, France)
    Speakers: Vladimiro Giacchè (President, Centro Europa Ricerche), Raffaella Bolini (La Nostra Europa citizen intiative), Nikos Chountis (Popolar Unity),  Fabio Massimo Castaldo (Mep, M5S, Italy), Manuel Monereo (MP, Podemos and editor of El Viejo Topo)

17.00 – 17.30: Coffee break – Palazzo Senatorio – Sala dei Busti

17.30 – 19.30: Parallel sessions

Palazzo Senatorio – Protomoteca

  • Is a pro-labour euro possible? How to reform the ECB – Wage-led growth vs mercantilism and labour devaluation – Coping with high public and private debts – The political conditions for a viable currency union
    Chair: Massimo D’Antoni (University of Siena)
    Speakers:  Heiner Flassbeck (University of Hamburg), Cristina Quintavalla (Cadtm Italy- debt audit), Iolanda Fresnillo (Economist, Platform for a citizen audit of the debt, PACD), Andreas Nölke (University of Frankfurt), Felipe Van Keirsbilck (Secretary General of Centrale Nationale des Employés (CNE) )

Palazzo Senatorio – Piccola Protomoteca

  • A European future beyond the euro. An amicable divorce for the euro: which Plan B?  – The rehabilitation of nation-state economic policy – A monetary regime for a truly cooperative Europe
    Chair: Marisa Matias (MEP, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal),
    Speakers: Costas Lapavitsas (University of London), Sébastien Villemot (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques, OFCE), Sergio Cesaratto (University of Siena), Giulio Marcon (Sbilanciamoci, Italy), Gennaro Zezza (University of Cassino, Italie), Giorgio Cremaschi (Eurostop campaign)


Sunday, March 12

Palazzo Senatorio – Protomoteca

9.30 – 11.30: Plenary session

Concrete cases of disobedience. Towards a network of city councils and mayors for an EU of the peoples

Welcoming from Luca Bergamo (Deputy Mayor, Roma),

Speakers: Corinne Morel Darleux (Regional Council Rhone-Alpes Auvergne, France),  Luigi De Magistris (Mayor, Napoli),  Diamantis Karanastasis (Course to Freedom, Greece), Martin Straker Welds (Councillor, Birmingham) (TBC), Carlos Sánchez Mato (Izquierda Unida, Madrid Councillor of Economy and Finance and IU Responsible for Economic Affairs), Clara Lindblom (Vice-Mayor, Stockholm), Myriam Martin (Regional Council Occitania, France),

11.30 – 13.00: Plenary session

Reports from the workshops, discussion and presentation of the “Rome 2017 statement”

Marina Albiol (Izquierda Unida, MEP and IU Responsible for International Affairs), Susan George (President, Transnational Institute), Francesco Piobbichi (Rete Autorganizzazione Popolare, RAP, Italy), Fabio De Masi (Die Linke, Germany), Catarina Martins (MP, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)