Summer University 2016

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DATES From the 20th to the 24th of July 2016
VENUE Chianciano Terme- Tuscany (Italy)

Hotel Santa Chiara


Wednesday 20 July

Morning Arrival and accommodation

17:30 – 20:00 Opening session & Plenary Europe, after Brexit

– Fabio Amato, EL – Rifondazione Comunista (Italy)
– Maite Mola, EL Vice-President – Izquierda Unida (Spain)
– Haris Golemis, Transform! (Greece)
– Eleonora Forenza, MEP Altra Europa (Italy)

20:00 Dinner and welcome cultural activity

Thursday 21 July EUROPE

9:30 – 11:30 Plenary Alliance against austerity: debt, euro-zone, for a left alternative

– Connie Hildebrandt, Transform!
– Fabio De Masi, MEP Die Linke (Germany)
– Paolo Ferrero, National Secretary Rifondazione Comunista (Italy)
Moderator: Marga Ferré, Transform!

11:30 – 12:30 Workshop: Communication

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Culture Workshop “Border café” promoted by Ritva Harle (Finland)

16:00 – 18:00 Plenary The future of EU integration: the 5 Presidents’ report and the left

– Marisa Matias, EL Vice-President – MEP Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)
– Matt Carthy, MEP Sinn Féin (Ireland)
– Maite Mola, EL Vice-President – Izquierda Unida (Spain)
– Neoklis Sylikiotis, Vice-President of GUE/NGL – MEP AKEL (Cyprus)

Moderators: Fabio Amato, EL – Rifondazione Comunista (Italy) & Roberto Morea, Transform!

18:00 – 20:00 Two seminars:

EL-FEM Feminists fighting back right-wing attacks on Women’s rights in the areas of Women’s employment and labour legislation, reproductive rights, sexual diversity and family politics

– Bärbel Lange et al. (Die LINKE/Germany)
– Gitte Pedersen et al. (Red-Green Alliance/Denmark, EL-FEM)
Moderator: Judith Benda, EL – Die Linke (Germany)

Europe between hope and fear, the challenge of the left and the nightmare of the far right

– Yiannis Bournous, EL – SYRIZA (Greece)
– Gilles Garnier, EL – PCF (France)
– Joanna Gwiazdecka, Rosa Lux. Foundation Warsaw (Poland)
Moderator: Martin Schirdewan, Rosa Lux. Foundation (Germany)

20:30 Dinner

21:30 “Performing Politics”

Lecture presentation, video screening & theatre workshop

Friday 22 July LABOUR

9:30 – 11:30 Plenary Against precariousness and unemployment: working time reduction

– Pierre Laurent, EL President – National Secretary PCF (France)
– Gianni Rinaldini, President Sabattini Foundation and former General Secretary FIOM/CGIL (Italy)
– Benjamin Pestieau, member of the PTB Bureau (Belgium)
– Georgios Katrougalos, Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity of the Greek Government – SYRIZA (Greece)

Moderator: Roberta Fantozzi, Responsible of Economic policies Rifondazione Comunista (Italy)

11:30 – 12:30

Book presentation “Ci è rimasta la ragione”, meeting with the author Ivan Nardone
Informal EL-FEM Meeting Organization of our next conference and the Women’s Assembly at the Party Congress

13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Informal EL-FEM Meeting continued

15:00 – 17:00 Plenary TTIP and the others. Trade liberalization and social, environmental and human rights

– Eleonora Forenza, MEP member of International Trade committee – Altra Europa (Italy)
– Adoración Guamán, Transform!
– Hanna Sarkkinen, MP Vasemmistoliitto (Finland)
– Monica Di Sisto, Fairwatch Vice-President
Moderator: Natasa Theodorakopoulou, EL – SYRIZA (Greece)

17:00 – 19:00 Two seminars:
EL-FEM Feminist critique of neoliberal economy and the places it assigns to Women: strategies against impoverishing Women

– Imma Barbarossa (EL-FEM, European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI/Italy)
– Marina Gržinić, artist, philosopher, Academy Science&Arts (Slovenia)
– Katerina Papatheodorou, EL-FEM, Department for feminist Policy and Gender of SYRIZA (Greece)
Moderator: Hilde Grammel, EL-FEM – KPO (Austria)

Collective bargaining and reconstruction of industry policy in Europe

– Domenico Moro, author of Globalization and Industrial Decadency
– Paloma Lopez, MEP Izquierda Unida (Spain)
– Loudovikos Kotsonopoulos, Transform!
Moderator: Maxime Benatouil, Espace Marx (France)

19:00 Departure to Siena: Wine tasting, dinner and visit

Saturday 23 July PEACE

9:30 – 11:30 Plenary Migrants, refugees and wars

– Aslı Aydın, EL – ÖDP (Turkey)
– Heinz Bierbaum, Die Linke (Germany)
– Nektarios Bougdanis, member of the Secretariat of the Foreign Policy Department – Syriza (Greece)
– Stefano Galieni, PRC (Italy)
Moderator: Inger V. Johansen, EL – Red-Green Alliance (Denmark)

11:30 – 12:30 Book presentation “The radical left in Europe”, meeting with the author Marco Damiani, PhD in Political Science, University of Perugia

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Workshop: Migration “Hosting refugees and migrants – solidarity and integration policies vs. Xenophobia”

16:00 – 18:00 Two seminars:
EL-FEM The global humanitarian crisis: women trapped between (civil) wars and European border regimes

– Sabine Lösing, MEP – Die Linke (Germany)
– Ioanna Kanavou, Head-coordinator of the Department for Feminist Policy and Gender – Syriza (Greece)
– Myassa Kraitt, Co-founder and advisor at the Extremist Information Center (Austria-Irak)
Moderator: Birge Krondorfer, EL-FEM, Political philosopher

EU neighbours policy and NATO expansion

– Claudia Haydt, EL – Die Linke (Germany)
– Veronika Sušová-Salminen
– Inna Shupac, EL – MP Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova
Moderator: Giovanna Capelli, EL – Rifondazione Comunista (Italy)

18:00 – 20:00 Plenary: Conclusions of the Summer University & Plenary

For a socialist, ecologist and feminist alternative

– Pierre Laurent, EL President – National Secretary PCF (France)
– Alberto Garzón, Izquierda Unida coordinator (Spain)
– Paolo Ferrero, National Secretary Rifondazione Comunista (Italy)
– Eleonora Forenza, MEP Altra Europa (Italy)
– Monica Valente, Foro de São Paulo, Executive Secretary – PT (Brasil)
– Roberto Musacchio, Altra Europa (Italy)
– Yiannis Bournous, SYRIZA (Greece)
– Connie Hildebrandt, Transform!

20:30 Dinner

21:00 Departure to the Thermal Bath “Itheia- the bath of the Etruscans”

Sunday 24 July

*** Departure ***

Working languages: English, French, Italian
Plenaries and seminars: Professional translation.
Workshops: Militant self-organized translation.

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Shuttle bus transportation will be provided from all Rome airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino) to Chianciano Terme the 20th of July, and the 24th of July.

The 20 of July, the last shuttle from Rome airports is planned at 3 pm, to arrive in Chianciano Terme before the Opening Session of the Summer University.

Shuttle bus transportation could be provided also from Pisa airport and from Florence to Chianciano Terme on arrival the 20th of July, depending on the number of participants arriving in these cities.

Alternatively, please find more details as follows:

How to arrive from Rome – Fiumicino airport:

– take the “Leonardo express” train to “Roma Termini” train station
– then, take the “regionale veloce” to “Chiusi-Chianciano Terme” train station.

How to arrive from Rome – Ciampino airport:

– take the “Terravision” bus to Roma Termini Rail Station
– then, take the “regionale veloce” train to “Chiusi-Chianciano Terme” train station.

How to arrive from Florence airport:

– take the “Vola in bus” to the “Santa Maria Novella” Florence’s train station
– then, take the “regionale” train to “Chiusi-Chianciano Terme” train station.

How to arrive from Pisa airport:

– take the “PisaMover” bus to the Pisa’s central train station
– then, take the “regionale” train to the “Santa Maria Novella” Florence’s train station
– then, take the “regionale” train to “Chiusi-Chianciano Terme” train station.

From “Chianciano Terme” train station there is a public bus service which reaches the city center in no more than 20 minutes.


The participation fee includes all events in Chianciano Terme, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in a three stars hotel.

200 euro in single room (no more room available)
160 euro in double room (40 euro per day per person)
140 euro in triple room (35 euro per day per person)
120 euro in triple room for students and unemployed (30 euro per day per person)

Daily visitors are of course also most welcome!

To register please follow this link:

The deadline for registration is 10 July 2016

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