Online event: Municipalize Europe!

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, municipalities across Europe have played a crucial role in responding to the public health emergency and the threat of economic collapse. In many cases, municipalities have stepped in where global corporate supply chains have collapsed and national governments have failed. Even before the corona crisis, many cities had turned their backs on dominant neoliberal policies and introduced bold and innovative progressive policies addressing,among many other pressing issues, affordable housing, energy democracy, and public transportation. Front-runner cities like these are fundamentally important in the battle to avoid catastrophic climate change and runaway inequality.

Municipalize Europe! will be an opportunity to learn about the efforts of transformative cities during the COVID-19 crisis and the solutions that they are putting on the agenda for the social and economic recovery. The conference will feature sessions on how cities are fighting the covid-19 crisis, the housing crisis and the climate crisis, and explore what the European Union (EU), especially the EU institutions, should do to support these efforts and how to enforce the collaboration between EU and municipalist cities.

November 5th, 2020 – online event
Simultaneous translation available in English, French and Spanish.
Registration to the panels is required


9.30h-11.00h A short introduction to municipalism and the municipalist networks
Participants: activists from Catalunya En Comú, Barcelona En Comú and other social municipalist movements
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11.30-13h Opening panel: the role of municipalist cities after the COVID-19 crisis, and the need for EU funding for cities
Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona.
Rutger Groot Wassink, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam.
Tessza Udvarhelyi, the Head of the Office for Community Participation in the 8th district of Budapest.
Ernest Urtasun, MEP, Greens/EFA, Catalunya, Spain.
María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop, MEP, GUE/NLG, Spain.
Moderation: Eva García Chueca, Senior Researcher specialized in cities.
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16-17.30h Housing crisis: cities and struggle for affordable housing for all
Kim van Sparrentak, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (rapporter in EP of Affordable housing in the EU).
Leilani Farha, Former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing.
Lucía Martín, counselor in Barcelona City Hall and previous housing activist.
Michaela Kauer, director of the Brussels Liaison Office of the City of Vienna (“Vienna House”). 
Moderation: Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory(CEO).
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18:00-19.30h Making the European Green Deal work for cities
David Dessers, Vice-Mayor of Leuven, Belgium.
Anne Sophie Olmos, Municipal Councilor in charge of Commons and Public Procurement, Grenoble, France.
Joan Herrera, Director of the Environment and Energy at the city council of Prat de Llobregat (Catalunya).
Blanca Bayas Fernández, Observatori del Deute en la Globalització, Espanya.
Anna Cavazzini, MEP, Greens/EFA, Germany.
Moderation: Hans van Scharen, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO).
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