European industrial policy - a tool for a Green New Deal

European industrial policy - a tool for a Green New Deal
Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 14.30 – 18.30, Brussels
European Parliament Room ASP 1G2

We need a green planning at EU level with massive public investment to achieve a socially just ecological transition respecting the planetary boundaries. With this conference we want to present our own demands for a people’s centred green new deal and a left European industrial policy vis-à-vis the neoliberal commission’s approach.

This initiative of GUE/NGL and Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels in cooperation with transform!europe aims at bringing together partners from different member states such as representatives of progressive parties in the EU and the U.S., trade unions, climate justice organisations and economists.


14.30 – 15:40

Opening of conference by Manon Aubry (President of GUE/NGL)

Panel 1: Setting the scene – Industrial policy and the Green New Deal, Moderation by Cornelia Ernst, MEP, DIE LINKE

  • Thea Riofrancos (USA), Assistant professor of political science (Providence College), Democratic Socialists of America, Steering Committee of the Ecosocialist Working Group
  • Gianna Fracassi, Vice General Secretary, CGIL, Italy
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director responsible for industrial transformation and advanced value chains, European Commission, DG GROW


15.40 – 16:50

Panel 2: A Left European industrial policy, Moderation by Manuel Bompard, MEP, France Insoumise (2 min)

  • Matteo Gaddi, member of the Board of Punto Rosso Cultural Association and of the Scientific Committee of Claudio Sabattini Foundation, Italy
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey (UK) – Députée travailliste (tbc)
  • Olivier Mateu (UD CGT 13) – Secrétaire générale de l’Union départementale CGT des Bouches-du-Rhône (tbc)


16.50 – 17:00

Coffee Break


17.00 – 18:10

Panel 3: A Green new deal for Energy, Transport and Buildings, Moderation by  Marc Botenga, MEP, Parti du Travail de Belgique

  • Vera Weghmann from the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich
  • Raf Van Gestel biochemist and has been working at “Air Liquide” Antwerp since August 2011 in the production of hydrogen and carbon monoxide
  • Stephan Krull, Coordinator of Working group on transport policy of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • Charline Dufournet (négaWatt) – Chargée des relations publiques et européennes, (tbc)
  • Alba del Campo, activist in the field of energy transition (tbc)


18.10 – 18:30

Conclusions Opening of concluding panel by Sira Rego, MEP, Izquierda Unida