Green economy  |  Events  |  09.11.2012

The Ulysses Conference – Relaunching European Integration from the Periphery

„The economic depression in the Euro area’s periphery requires a thoroughgoing recovery plan that will make full use of the European Union’s capacities for public investments and for the execution of long term development projects. There can be no sustainable recovery or indeed genuine reforms against the headwinds of socially and economically harmful austerity measures. Policies which focus exclusively on fiscal targets are destined to miss the broader picture and to underestimate the often pernicious effects they can have. In drawing from the lessons of the Great Depression and the New Deal, we propose the launch of the Ulysses project as a decisive and determined response to the crisis and as a proposal to enrich the political dialogue on governance and the role of civil society.“

Date: 12th and 13th of November 2012
Venue: European Parliament (PHS P4 B001 (12th) and PHS P3C050 (13th))
Language: English

What is the Ulysses Project?

The Ulysses Project is not just a development programme with the exclusive objective to draw a line under the crisis. Properly understood the Ulysses Project is a network, a project and a movement.

First it is a network of people coming from diverse social and academic backgrounds, sharing the belief of a better European Union in which the peripheral countries of the Eurozone will will converge with those of the centre, in terms of economic robustness and political openness, ultimately paving the way for progress in all internal and external fields.

Second it is a project aiming at the redesign of the euro area's periphery in everything that concerns the state, the people and daily life, with emphasis given on the comparative advantages of each country, in order to bring prosperity through sustainable growth, employment and investment opportunities and to balance out the structural asymmetries that now exist within the euro area in particular and the European Union in general.

Third it is a movement of ideas, aiming at enriching the public dialogue on issues concerning the state and the society, so that cultural and political progress may be realized.

The central objective, which lies at the heart of the Ulysses project, is a new political and economic model in the countries that need it most. This model relies in participatory governance and participatory economic growth. 

The Ulysses Conference 

To lauch the Ulysses Project, a two day conference will be held in Brussels on Novemer 12 and 13.

The following speakers have confirmed their presence and will provide an insight into the project: 

  • Rui Tavares, Member of the European Parliament, Portugal
  • Savvas Rompolis, Director of the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek workers
  • Eugenia Pires, Economist, SOAS University of London, Portugal
  • Pasqualina Napoletano, former MEP / Sinistra Ecologia Libertà, Italy
  • Joaquin Nieto, Director of ILO Office, Spain 
  • Nikos Chrysogelos, Member of the European Parliament, Greece
  • Stuart Holland, University of Coimbra, UK
  • Nikitas Kanakis, President of Medecins du Monde, Greece
  • Sandro Mendonça, ISCTE, Portugal
  • Pedro Bacelar de Vasconcelos, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Grigoris Tsaltas, Dean of Panteion University, Greece
  • Eleni Takou, Hellenic League for human rights, Greece
  • Joana Gomes Cardoso, Amnesty International, Portugal
  • Giovanni Melogli, International Alliance of Journalists, Italy
  • Raul Romeva