Organisatie Trefpunt Vzw en Democratie 2000 presenteren een debat bij de Gentse Feestdebatten 2017 met de titel “Kunnen er bruggen worden gebouwd tussen de voor- en tegenstanders van een basisinkomen?”
- Kristof Calvo – Federaal fractieleider Groen-Ecolo; auteur van “F*ck De Zijlijn” (Borgerhoff & Lamberigts),
- Nele Lijnen (Federaal volksvertegenwoordiger Open VLD;Eerste Schepen in Hechtel-Eksel voor de partij HE; auteur van “Win for Life” – een pleidooi voor een basisinkomen
- Francine Mestrum – onderzoeker, activist, lid internationale raad Wereld Sociaal Forum; auteur van ‘Ontwikkeling en Solidariteit’ (EPO); initiatiefnemer Global Social Justice; laureaat Prijs Jaap Kruithof 2016),
- Rik Van Coillie – Coördinator vakbondsvorming bij BBTK federaal
- Sarah Van Liefferinge – Piraat
- Ive Marx – Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, onderzoek domeinen van ongelijkheid, sociaal beleid, arbeidsmarkt en migratie. Hoofddocent UA, opleidingen Sociaal-Economische Wetenschappen en Sociologie. Voorzitter departement sociologie en verantwoordelijke masteropleiding Sociaal-Economische Wetenschappen
- Thomas Decreus – politiek filosoof; hoofdredactie De Wereld Morgen; auteur samen met Christophe Callewaert “Dit is morgen” (EPO)
- Philippe van Parijs – filosoof en econoom; studeerde economie, rechten, sociologie en linguïstiek en behaalde een doctorsgraad aan Universiteit Oxford; hoogleraar universiteit Louvain-la-Neuve en Harvard; geniet wereldwijde bekendheid als promotor van het basisinkomen; stichtte in 1986 het Basic Income Earth Network; 2001 Francquiprijs, de meest prestigieuze Belgische universitaire onderscheiding
- Olivier Pintelon – politicoloog & expert sociaal beleid; kernlid Denktank Minerva
moderator/coördinator Eric Goeman
Since the election of President Macron in France, an intense debate is taking place over the future governance of the Eurozone, including calls for a Eurozone finance minister, a European Monetary Fund and a Eurozone budget. However, less attention is being paid to the prospects for reforming the Eurozone cornerstone’s institution itself: the European Central Bank (ECB).
Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, and through its quantitative easing programme, the ECB has played an important role in rescuing the Eurozone economy. But this has come at a cost. The ECB’s monetary policy has attracted heavy criticism from across the political spectrum, with many challenging the ECB’s legitimacy, and questioning its ability to respond to the next crisis.
Early 2018, Positive Money Europe was founded as a new Brussels-based nonprofit organisation whose role is to scrutinize the ECB and offer proposals to improve monetary policy in the Eurozone.
At the occasion of our launch, we are delighted to invite you for this conference. It will feature two keynote speeches by distinguished speakers. Former governor of the Bank of Spain Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez will outline a fresh perspective on how the monetary system could be made more stable and safe, and Professor Annelise Riles(Cornell University) will provide a critical but constructive perspective on the politics of central banking. Looking forward, we will host a panel debate on the prospects for future ECB reform, featuring MEPs Jonas Fernandez, Molly Scott-Cato, Bruegel’s director Guntram Wolff (tbc) and Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels.
Afterwards, Positive Money will offer a reception.
Registration is mandatory for the event. Please register by clicking below:
MIGUEL ÁNGEL FERNÁNDEZ ORDÓÑEZ
Former Governor of Banco de España
Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez graduated from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He initially lectured in Economic Policy at that University but has dedicated most of his career to the Public Administration, notably as State Secretary for the Economy, State Secretary for Trade, and State Secretary for Tax and Budget Policy, and was appointed as governor of the central bank of Spain from 2006 until 2012. He also worked in the OECD, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and currently he teaches at the IE University in Madrid. His experience as economist and member of the governing council of the European Central Bank during the euro crisis has led him to explore new ideas on how to reform the money and banking system.
Professor of Law and Anthropology, Cornell University
Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and the founder of Meridian 180, a multilingual forum for transformative leadership. Her work focuses on the transnational dimensions of laws, financial markets and culture. Her previous book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011) was based on 15 years of fieldwork among central bankers, financial lawyers and regulators in Japan and the United States. Her most recent book “Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking” outlines how a new relationship between central banks and the public can renew the legitimacy of central banks and address the democratic deficit in financial governance.
Member of the European Parliament (Greens-EFA)
Molly Scott-Cato is a British Green politician, economist, environmental and community activist and current Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. As MEP, Molly Scott-Cato seats in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs where she focuses on sustainable finance and the monetary policy and is a member of the TAX3 Committee where she is working on tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Member of the European Parliament (Socialists & Democrats)
Jonás Fernández-Alvarez is a Spanish politician (PSOE) and member of the European Parliament since 2014 where he seats in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. In 2017, he was the rapporteur on the Parliament’s annual resolution on the European Central Bank. Jonás Fernández Álvarez holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School (2010-12), MA in Economics and Finance from CEMFI-Bank of Spain (2002-04) and was chief economist of the consultancy firm Solchaga Recio & Asociados.
Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
Head of the ECB representation in Brussels since 2017, he previously works at the IMF, the bank of Russia, the Banque de France and the ECB for many years.
Director of Bruegel
Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the European economy and governance, on fiscal and monetary policy and global finance. He regularly testifies at the European Finance Ministers’ ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale). From 2012-16, he was a member of the French prime minister’s Conseil d’Analyse Economique.
Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch
Fran is Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch. Fran studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and went on to complete a PhD researching carbon dioxide storage.
Fran became interested in economics and money creation after realising that the huge environmental and inequality crises we face could not easily be fixed without re-thinking how the current economic system works, and how to redesign it. Fran has worked at various global organisations including the United Nations, Greenpeace and BP.
By Fran Boait, Executive director at Positive Money
And Benoit Lallemand, Secretary General of Finance Watch
Why Positive Money Europe?
By Stanislas Jourdan, Head of Positive Money Europe
“Secure Money and Banking Liberalization”
Keynote speech by Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, former governor of the Bank of Spain
“Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking”
Keynote speech by Annelise Riles, Professor at Cornell Law School
Panel debate: Does the ECB need reforms?
- Jonas Fernandez – MEP S&D
- Molly Scott-Cato – MEP Greens
- Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
- Guntram Wolff – Director of Bruegel (tbc)
- Annelise Riles
Moderation: Fran Boait, Positive Money
The first ever UBIE Summer School on the Politics of Basic Income will take place in Barcelona, from 13 to 16 September, 2018. Experts, policy-makers and civil society activists have been invited to speak about the opportunities and challenges of basic income in EU politics, with a specific focus on the 2019 European Elections.
Learn, discuss and build a European campaign with Unconditional Basic Income Europe! Let us try to understand together the political opportunities and challenges of making basic income a hot topic in the political marketplace of ideas in the European Union. Join us for the first European Summer School of UBIE in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2018!
The main outcome of the Summer School should be a concrete campaign plan to promote basic income during the 2019 European Elections. To achieve this, we plan to structure the programme in the following way:
The planned programme of the event is as follows:
- Thursday 13th: Welcome Dinner
- Friday 14th: Lectures and roundtables with invited experts
- Saturday 15th: Workshops to develop a campaign plan for the 2019 European Elections
- Sunday 16th: Finalising the campaign plan and sightseeing in Barcelona with UBIE activists!
UBIE does not have a huge budget for this event – which means that it can only be a success if you lend us a hand. There is plenty on things to do in preparation for the event, e.g. programme coordination (identifying and inviting speakers), participant coordination (following up registrations, helping with travel arrangements), logistics (accommodation, catering, equipments), internal and external communications, budgeting/fundraising, leaflet and programme design…
Barcelona started conducting a minimum income trial experiment (known as “B-MINCOME”) last year, which many local people would like to develop into an actual basic income pilot. So we will also use the opportunity to discuss with local politicians and project partners how this attempt could increase public support for a real paradigm shift in social policies – towards a fully unconditional basic income.
Would you rather help out during the event? There are plenty of tasks, like participant coordination, event assistant, speaker assistant, and translator.
Can you help in any other way? Do you have questions? We will be delighted to hear! Please write to [email protected] to let us know any way in which you can help before or during this event!
Going to join us? Great! Please fill in the registration form and do not forget to indicate how you can help!
We will organise a coordination phone call during next week to discuss preparations with all those who wish to help make this happen. The date and time is yet to be confirmed.
Greetings on behalf of the organising team,
Leire, Dániel and Barb