European Strategy meeting in Amsterdam

19 December 2013 by Sol Trumbo Vila

A strategy meeting in Amsterdam became a critical milestone for the convergence of different European social movements on the frontlines of resistance against the neoliberal EU austerity regime.
TNI hosted in Amsterdam (4-6 October 2013) a European strategy meeting which brought together different European social movements on the frontlines of resistance against the neoliberal EU austerity regime.

Austerity, privatization and attacks on social rights, imposed by the European Commission, have become a reality for people across Europe. While there have been many impressive struggles at the national level - especially in Southern Europe - European coordination is still weak apart from sporadic days of joint action.

In recent years European social movements have organized numerous meetings to analyse the situation. However, it also became clear that European social movements required a common strategy. Following the results of the EU economic governance assembly organized in the Alter Summit in Greece (7-8 June 2013), the Amsterdam strategy meeting was called to coordinate European struggles against the Troika Troika Troika: IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank, which together impose austerity measures through the conditions tied to loans to countries in difficulty.

’s imposition of neoliberal policies under the new EU economic governance regime.

A European square

Coming from all over Europe, 60 organizations and networks [see complete list below] from well-established groups with a long history to the most recent social movements, gathered over three days in Amsterdam to share Share A unit of ownership interest in a corporation or financial asset, representing one part of the total capital stock. Its owner (a shareholder) is entitled to receive an equal distribution of any profits distributed (a dividend) and to attend shareholder meetings. stories of successful resistance and to shape common campaigns and strategies.

There was a strong commitment to apply the lessons learned during the recent camps and occupations. The proposed agenda was modified along the lines of a general assembly, where all the participants had their say through an open and horizontal process. Different working groups were created to further develop the topics that were considered most important for the months to come: Democracy and the commons, Troika and Debt, the Competitiveness Pact, and the European elections.

As a result, four different initiatives were jointly developed at the end of the strategy meeting:

Troika Party: Under the slogan of “Democracy is not competitive”, this communication campaign organized around a fake political party will expose the role of the Troika in European decision making, and the real discourse behind the Troika policies.
Competitiveness Pact: This new piece of EU legislation under discussion is the new framework to push further austerity measures and weakening of labor laws. This campaign will not only oppose this pact but also will say “Basta!” to the principle of competing in a race to the bottom.
Mapping the alternatives: A newly created online directory will map all the European initiatives that are protecting the commons and developing solidarity economies. It will make them visible and demonstrate that there are real alternatives to neoliberal policies.
Week of action during the European elections: The European elections were identified as a key moment to mobilize European social movements against the neoliberal EU crisis regime. De-centralized but coordinated actions will be promoted all over Europe.

Encouraging a pan-European response

The following meetings provided important inputs and ideas to the Amsterdam gathering: the Alter Summit Assembly in Brussels (October 18-19), the Agora99 meeting in Rome (1-3 November) and the International Blockupy Conference in Frankfurt (22-24 November). From Transnational Institute we thank all those organisations, groups and activists that made this strategy meeting a success. We start 2014 strengthened and more coordinated, the European convergence of social movements is a fact. To join the EU in crisis network please write to: EUinCrisis [at]

Groups present at the event


Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD)
Mesa Defensa Sanidad Pública Madrid LA PAH (Platform of afected by mortgages)
Plataforma por un nuevo modelo energético (PX1NME)
Ecologistas en Accion Attac Spain


Precários Inflexíveis Que se lixe a Troika


Greek debt audit campaign (ELE)
No Debt No Euro
Thessaloniki People’s University of social and solidarity economy
Initiative of solidarity with VioMe occupied factory
Initiative 136 for social control of water


Attac Germany
Interventionistische Linke / Blockupy
Metal Workers Union Berlin
Rosa Luxembourg Foundation
European Occupy Central Bank Central Bank The establishment which in a given State is in charge of issuing bank notes and controlling the volume of currency and credit. In France, it is the Banque de France which assumes this role under the auspices of the European Central Bank (see ECB) while in the UK it is the Bank of England.



Reinform Social Development Cooperative
International Migrant Platform
15M Amsterdam
Nijmegen Social Forum
Ander Europa
Social Development Cooperative

United Kingdom

Activist involved in Occupy London
Green Party London


Attac Austria


Debt Justice Action
Attac Ireland
University College Dublin


Global Project


Peace Institute Ljubljana


Polish Anarchist Federation and Trade Union “The Workers Initiative”
ATTAC Poland


Corporate European Observatory
Centrale nationale des employés
Friends of the Earth Europe
GUE/NGL group in the EP


FoE Finland / Vasudhaiva kutumbakam network
Solidarity economy in Finland


ICAN (International Citizen Audit Network)
Transform! Europe
Generation Alpha


Sol Trumbo Vila

Investigador en el Transnational Institute (TNI) y activista en varias redes internacionales como la “Campaña global para desmantelar el poder corporativo y poner fin a la impunidad”

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