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16th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS"

16th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

16th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

“THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS”

 

 

 

Brussels, The European Parliament

Wednesday 5th of February – 14:30 – 18:30

Thursday 6th of February – 09:30 – 17:00

 

 

PATRONS

 

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa

 

SHIRIN EBADI

Human Rights Lawyer

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

 

BIANCA JAGGER

The Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador

Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, the UK

 

NOAM CHOMSKY

Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy,

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA

 

LEYLA ZANA

European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought,

Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey

 

In cooperation with

 

 

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL INFORMATION

“HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ENTER THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT”

 

 

 

An official “European Parliament personal badge/pass” will be available for all participants who have already registered their names. 

 

Your “personal badge / pass” will be available at the main entrance of the European Parliament (Place de Luxembourg – main European Parliament’s building “Altiero Spinelli”

 

Wednesday 5th of February, 13:00 – 14:00

Thursday 6th of February, 08:00 – 09:00

 

All participants must take care of their own “EP badge / pass” during both days. If someone loses their “pass / badge”, the EP internal rules make it impossible to produce a replica.  

 

For any additional information, please contact the conference’s secretariat at:

[email protected]

 

 

 

Wednesday, 5th of February 2020, 14:30-15:30

The Opening Session, Room ASP 1G2 (Spinelli Building)

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

The Opening Speeches and Greetings

 

  • Kariane Westrheim, Chair of the EUTCC, University of Bergen, Norway

 

  • Nikolaj Villumsen, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Denmark

 

  • Andreas Schieder, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Austria

 

  • François Alfonsi, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France

 

  • Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of The European Parliament, Greece

 

 

 

Wednesday, 05th of February 2020, 15:30-17:00

 

Panel I – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

Oppression and Resistance in Turkey

 

Moderator: Mr. Joost Jongerden, University of Wageningen, EUTCC board member, The Netherlands

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

 

Conflict Over Vital Resources

  • Benoit Biteau, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France

 

Strengthening Democratic Forces in Turkey: Challenges vs. Options

  • Özlem Demirel, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Germany

 

Opposition Between Unity and Division

  • Cihangir Islam, MP, The Felicity Party (SP), Turkey

 

Turkey 2023: Dictatorship vs. Democracy

  • Gülistan Koçyiğit, MP, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey

 

 

 

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 05th of February 2020, 17:00-18:30

 

Panel II – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

The EU – Turkey Relationship: Accession Talks, Refugee Crisis and The Kurds

 

Moderator: Mr. Cengiz Aktar, Political Scientist

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

Accession talks – (Never) Ending Story?!

  • Andreas Schieder, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Austria

 

The Refugee Crisis and Europe’s Response

  • Tineke Strik, MEP, The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), The Netherlands

 

The Kurdish Question and Europe: Criminalization vs. Responsibility for Peace Building

  • Jan Fermon, Lawyer, Belgium

 

Key Point Imrali: The Power of Freedom

  • Newroz Uysal, Lawyer, The Asrın Law Office, Turkey

 

 

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

 

 

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 09:30-10:30

 

Panel III – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

The Middle East in The Context of Turkey’s Invasion of North-East Syria / Rojava

 

Moderator: Ms. Evin Incir, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Sweden

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

 

Turkish Invasion of North-East Syria / Rojava

  • Leila Chaibi, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), France

 

The Kurds: The Gordian Knot or The Central Key

  • Søren Søndergaard, MP, Enhedslisten – The Red-Green Alliance, Denmark

 

Turkey’s Expansionist Ambitions

  • Kirmanj Gundi, Tennessee State University, USA

 

Post-ISIS: Lines of Conflict with Ethnic and Denominational Impacts

  • Ferda Çetin, Journalist, Belgium

 

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

 

 

 

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 11:00-12:00

 

Panel IV – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

The Turkish Invasion of Rojava and its Impact on Women and Gender Equality

 

Moderator: Ms. Sira Rego, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Spain

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

 

Interview with Representatives of the Democratic Federation of North-East Syria / Rojava

 

  • Majdoleen Hassan, Deputy Co-Presidency of The Syrian Democratic Council, North-East Syria / Rojava

 

  • Khadija Barakat, The Kongra Star Representative, Germany

 

  • Nazire Gewriye, The Syriac Union Party, North-East Syria / Rojava

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 12:00-13:00

 

Panel V – Room ASP 1G2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

Europe and the Middle East: Self-Interest vs. Democracy

 

Moderator: Mr. Jürgen Klute, Former MEP, Germany

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

 

 

 

 

European Perspectives on The Complexity of The Middle East

  • Brando Benifei, MEP, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Italy

 

Europe and The Kurdish Battle

  • Thomas Schmidinger, Political Scientist, University of Vienna, Austria

 

Transformation Process from The Kurdish Perspective in The Context of Democracy, Ecology and Gender Equality

  • Dersim Dağdeviren, KURD-AKAD, EUTCC Board Member, Germany

 

Europe’s Approach Vis-a-Vis the Ocalan Case

  • Simon Dubbins, Director of International for UNITE the Union in the UK, the UK

 

 

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 06th of February, 15:00-16:00

 

Panel VI – Room ASP 1E2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

There Are Alternatives!

Moderator: Mr. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Journalist, The Netherlands

 

Interpretation in

Kurdish, Turkish, French, and English. (Passive in Spanish, Germany and Greek)

 

 

Towards European and International Politics Based on Solidarity

  • Malin Björk, MEP, The European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Sweden

 

Democracy in War Time: How a Society Reorganises Itself and Offers Perspectives Beyond the Middle East

  • Nazan Üstündağ, Sociologist, Germany

 

The Rise of Kurdish Women and Their Battle Against Feminicide

  • Aviva Stein, The New World Summit, The Netherlands

 

Rethinking Democracy: Kurdish Perspectives For 2023

  • Amed Dicle, Journalist, Belgium

 

Local Solutions to Global Challenges – Living International Solidarity

  • Juan Carlos Guerra Moldonado, Historian, Ecuador

 

Questions and Discussion with the Audience

 

 

Thursday, 06th of February 2020, 16:15-17:00

 

The Closing Session – Room ASP 1E2, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP)

 

Conclusions, Recommendations and The Final Resolution

Board of the EUTCC

Ms. Dersim Dağdeviren, Germany

Mr. Michael Gunter, USA

Mr. Joost Jongerden, Netherlands

Mr. Thomas J. Miley, UK

Ms. Estella Schmid, UK

Ms. Kariane Westrheim, Norway