Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A Plan B for the EU and the Euro-Zone

Following Paris, Madrid and Copenhagen, the 4th Plan B summit took 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.

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 was held at the Campidoglio where the Treaty of Rome was signed 60 years ago. The European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy was there to explore options, share positions and discuss concrete alternatives to break with the current treaties and policy agenda.

More information on the summit here.