Rewrite the world - 2nd progressive parliamentary leaders’ conference, Rome 19-20 April

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 00:00

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The Parliamentary Group of the Italian Democratic Party, in cooperation with Global Progress and the Progressive Parliamentary Network, held the 2nd progressive parliamentary leaders’  conference “Rewrite the world: events are global, progressives too” in Rome on 19-20 April 2012.

Recognizing the relevance of a parliamentary gathering of all progressives to find common answers to common challenges, Hannes Swoboda and Javier Moreno Sanchez, respectively co-Chair and Secretary General of the Global Progressive Forum, attended the event intervening on the need for a global progressive movement and for networking among progressive parliamentary groups.

Hannes Swoboda, GPF co-chair and Leader of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, said: “It is crucial for progressives to have this kind of parliamentary frameworks of discussion and coordination. I believe as a movement we should focus on four areas. The financial and economic crisis should be addressed firmly by focusing on the regulation of financial markets and the introduction of a financial transaction tax. Increasing income differences and a widening gap between rich and poor worldwide require a fairer income distribution. In a context of rising pressure on public budgets and painful measures of fiscal consolidation, the grey areas of demand new aggressive measures to ensure additional tax revenues and much needed investments in sustainable growth and jobs. The historical events in the Arab world have reminded us how vital it is to uphold and promote democratic development and strong human rights records across the planet. These are the priority areas where I see there is a strong need for cooperation amongst progressives beyond the EU borders.”

Javier Moreno Sanchez, Secretary General of the Global Progressive Forum, stated: “At a moment where citizens pay three times the high price of a crisis they have not caused with banks saved with public money, with lost jobs and cuts in basic public services and with financial speculation against entire state economies, as progressives, we reiterate that there are alternatives to the mismanagement of conservatives. Austerity-only policies are not the solution and it is crucial to shift the focus again towards people. We have to listen to citizens, to work with citizens and to work for citizens. The Right has failed; it has not only lost the confidence of the markets but that of the people too.” 

The organisers of the event, including the Italian Democratic Party, agreed to work on a common program of initiatives together with the Global Progressive Forum in 2012.  Amongst those taking part to the Conference were Pier Luigi Bersani, Leader of the Italian Democratic Party, Dario Franceschini, Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the Italian Democratic Party, Massimo D’Alema, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Financial Services, ALP Australia, Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sports and Recreation, ANC South Africa, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of the Constituent Assembly, Ettakatol Tunisia, Jim Rosapepe, State Senator, DP USA, Wayne Marston, Member of Parliament, NDP Canada, Victor Ponta, Leader, PSD Romania, Paulo Teixeira, Member of Parliament, PT Brazil, Antonio Seguro, Leader, PS Portugal,  John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress USA, and Alberto Breccia, Minister Secretary of Presidency, Frente Amplio Uruguay.

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