Political Platform of the European Left Party (EL) for the Elections to the European Parliament in 2014
An Exercise of Convergence, an Addition of Experiences and Ideas.
Toni Barberá, member of the Executive Committee of the European Left Party (EL), introduced the political platform of this Party for the European Elections of 2014 as an “an exercise of convergence, an addition of experiences and ideas”.
Barberá explained to the audience of 300 delegates that this political platform is not a substitute for the platforms of the parties in every single country. “Each district will write its own platform but this Congress has given us the extraordinary possibility of thinking over both from the national and European levels”.
There are five basic axes in this proposal: to challenge austerity policies, betting for a new development model; to take back people’s power, calling for a citizens’ revolution; to put special emphasis on a social Europe and an Europe of the rights; to bet for fair trade all over the world, completely rejecting the big transatlantic market; and to work for the Europe of the peace.
Barberá remarked that the document brought to this Congress is the result of the contributions made by the different parties making part of EL and by its working groups and networks, and underscored that it also contains many proposals coming from the organized civil society and the Social Summits, specially the Alter Summit held in Athens in June, proposals that are a summary of the excellent job done by social movements.
As a result of this large “exercise of convergence” two documents have been written: a generic short one and a big one that Barberá defined as “a large repository of ideas” to work on. In any circumstance, they form the ground required to start a campaign that will spread their contents.