Programme of the 18th Spring Council, Madrid, 10-12 May 2013

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Venue: NH Eurobuilding Hotel, Calle Padre Damián 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain

Thursday, May 9 - DAY of EUROPE


Deadline for tabling draft emergency resolutions


Registration opens @ NH Eurobuilding Hotel

17.30 - 19.00

Action Day of European Youth Solidarity (organised by Red Equo Joven and FYEG) at Puerta del sol

The youth wing of EQUO and FYEG are preparing a flashmob action (just before the #YouthDebate) in the Puerta del Sol (the symbolic centre of Madrid and the whole country), where we expect to see all of you! It will consist of a performance in which they will show the situation of the Spanish youth and where they propose answers and alternatives to the measures taken by the current conservative Government.

19:00 – 21:00

Public event "Reclaim the future: Emancipatory action by, for and of European Youth" (translation provided in: EN, ES, FR)

Open discussion with international and Spanish youth organisations, Red Equo Joven / Joves d'Esquerra Verda / Federation of Young European Greens (more)

Speakers: Reinhard Bütikofer, EGP Co-Chair, MEP, Karima Delli MEP, Raül Romeva MEP, Terry Reintke FYEG Co-Spokesperson, Guillermo Jiménez, Juventud sin Futuro, Ricardo Ibarra, President of the Spanish youth Council (Consejo de la Juventud de España), Javier Pueyo, Jóvenes CCOO (youth group of the trade union)

Separate Location: Utopic_US, calle Concepción Jerónima, 22


Green Cocktail (at the Utopic_US)


Friday, May 10


 E-cafe and registration open

09:45 – 12:30

Public Conference: Energising Europe and Spain Sustainably (ES, EN, FR, DE, Catalan passive) 

The debate will focus on how to unleash the potential of renewables and how to overcome obstacles for the development of renewable energies in Spain, followed on the role of the EU for a sustainable energy future (EN, ES).

Moderated by Rebecca Harms MEP, Co-President of the Green Group in the European Parliament

Speakers: Javier García Breva, Chairman, Fundación renovables, Juan López de Uralde, Co-Spokesperson, Equo, Laia Ortiz i Castellví, MP, Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds, Claude Turmes, Vice-President, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, Bärbel Höhn, Vice-President, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Group in the German Parliament 

12:30 – 13:15

Press-conference (Press only): more information in ES

12:45– 13:45

Film screening "Oligopoly 2" (in Spanish, with English subtitles)

A documentary unveiling the economic dominance of the big energy companies in the Spanish electricity market and the huge political influence they exercise on the government, realised through crowfunding by the Plataforma por un Nuevo Modelo Energético and under the direction of Alba del Campo. 
(more in EN, in ES)

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 16:00

Party Leaders lunch (on invitation only)

14:00 – 15:30

Parallel sessions

15:30 – 15:45



15:45 – 17:15

Parallel Sessions

17:15 – 17:30


17:30 –


Plenary session

Welcome and presentation of EQUO

Speakers: Mar Garcia, EGP Committee Member, Reyes Montiel, EQUO Co-Spokesperson

17:45 – 19:45

Plenary session: Towards EQUOlogy

The opening debate of the Council is dedicated to Spain and Europe. We will discuss on the economic situation and rising unemployment in Spain and Europe. We will propose balanced solutions for the debt crisis that do not crunch the people, as well as alternatives to the current practice of house-evictions in Spain.   

Moderated by: Reinhard Bütikofer, EGP Co-Chair

Keynote speech: "Recovery from the crisis: a vision for a modern, ambitious and future-oriented EU" by Monica Frassoni, EGP Co-Chair 

Speakers: Rebecca Harms, GGEP Co-President, Juan López de Uralde, EQUO Co-Spokesperson, Dolors Camats, ICV Co-President, Fernando Rodrigo, Economist, Liliane Spedeler, Friends of the Earth Spain, Ramón Linaza, Social Movements Mareas

19:45 – 20:00


20:00 - 21.00

Plenary session: Digital Rights

Discussion with the delegates on the draft policy paper “Green views on digital rights and digital commons

Comments and moderation by Jacqueline Cremers, EGP Secretary General, and Panu Laturi, EGP Committee Member

Contributions from the floor: Celine Scavennec, Malte Spitz, Silvio Heinze, Maria Dokupilova

21.00  Buffet reception (At the NH Eurobuilding hotel)


Saturday, May 11

09:00 – 09:30

Plenary Session for Discussion on Resolutions

This session will involve all delegates to discuss the draft resolutions and emergency resolutions

09:30 – 11:00

Plenary Session: Discussion on  2014 European election campaign

Presented by: Monica Frassoni, EGP Co-Chair, Reinhard Bütikofer, EGP Co-Chair, MEP, and Jacqueline Cremers, EGP Secretary General

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:45

Discussion on the 9 proposals in the draft paper moderated by Reinhard Bütikofer, EGP Co-Chair, Mar Garcia, EGP Committee Member and Terry Reintke, FYEG Co-Spokesperson. 

Contributions from the floor: Michael Bloss, Vesna Jusup, Delfina Rossi, Inés López-Dóriga

12:45 - 12:55

12:55 – 13:00

Presentation of the Cross-border Campaign: Iron Curtain Bike Trail by Michael Cramer MEP


Deadline for tabling amendments to draft emergency resolutions 

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break 

14:30 – 15:45
Plenary Session on Pensions
Discussion on a draft policy paper “Towards sustainable and fair Pensions" (more)

Moderator: Philippe Lamberts MEP

Speakers: Joan Coscubiela, ICV MP in Las Cortes, Jiří Čáslavka, Head of the economic and financial sector of Glopolis

15:45 – 16:00


  • Food Campaign by Bart Staes MEP (more)
  • LGBT Campaign by Ulrike Lunacek MEP
  • Climate Change website by Bas Eickhout MEP

16:00 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:45

Parallel Sessions
  • Compromise amendment session on emergency resolutions (more)
  • Green Local Councillors Network meeting (more)
  • Climate Change WG: Workshop "The emissions Trading Systems ... What's next?" (more)
  • Workshop on Recycling in Europe (more)
  • LGBT Network meeting (more)
  • WG on Green New Deal: input for Campaign proposals (more)
  • Q&A on Multiannual Financial Framework (more)



18:00 – 19:30

Parallel Sessions
  • GEF workshop on Food: the (agri)cultural revolution (more)
  • Workshop “The EU and Arms Exports” (more)
  • Workshop on Sotchi Olympics (more)
  • Workshop "The German Energy transition in the European context possible approaches for Green Actors in Europe (more)
  • Working group on Future of the EU: long-term perspective
  • Global Greens Network meeting (more)

Dinner and Party (dancing starts around 22.30)

Separate location: Círculo de Bellas Artes, Calle Alcala, 42, 28014 Madrid



Sunday, May 12

09:00 – 10:00

Closed Session on Membership (for delegates only)

10.00 - 10.30

Plenary session: 

- 2012 Accounts and Activities report

- 2013 Revised Activities plan and Budget  (incl. outline of the Campaign plan 2014)

10.30 - 10.45

Election of the EGP representatives to the Global Greens Coordination

10:45 – 13:00

Voting Session


Closing of the 18th European Green Party Council

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