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DEBT OVER ! 4TH CADTM Europe Summer University
La Marlagne (Namur) - Belgium
13 September 2015

For over 25 years we’ve been bludgeoned with debt issues.
How much longer shall we comply with creditors’ demands?

Mark the dates: 11,12 &13 September 2015!

Registrations for participants who wish to sleep and eat on the spot will be closed on Thursday 20th August at midnight.

For some of the sessions interpretation in Spanish <-> French <-> English (possibly Arabic and Grec, to be confirmed) will be available.



  • Opening plenary : “Debt in all its states”
  • Closing plenary : “Debtocracy and capitalism, here is the way out !”


  • “Some pedagogical tools to arm women against all kind of austerity” (interactive workshop)
  • “Austerity and free-trade agreements vs. Women’s rights”
  • “Feminist economic alternatives to the dominant system”


  • “Extractivism and ecological debt”
  • “Land and resources grabbing : current resistances” (interactive workshop)
  • “Let’s go for COP-21 !” (interactive workshop)


  • “Animation of string adapted to debtocracy” (interactive workshop)
  • “Debt in the south : a new crisis forward ?”
  • “Latin America, still rebel ?”
  • “Burkina Faso : from one revolution to another ?”
  • “Migration policies : how long will we keep counting the deads ?”


  • “Animation : how do banks work ?” (interactive workshop)
  • “Lies and truths about social debt and social security” (interactive workshop)
  • “Private debt : bubbles and resistances”
  • “What about popular revolts in ex-Yougoslavia ?”
  • -* “Greece : the reasons for the surrender and lessons to be learned”

AAA (Audit, Abolition, Alternatives)

  • “Should we let the banks go bankrupt ?”
  • “Never too big to jail !”
  • “Cancelling or restructuring debts : what do the political parties think ?”
  • “The relevance of citizen’s audits”
  • “Animation : alternatives to debt game” (interactive workshop)



5:30 pm Reception

8 pm « Équateur : la forêt empoisonnée » documentary FR-SPAN



8 – 9:45 am

10 – 12:30 am
Debt is a key element of the capitalist system; it is the lens through which we will approach several phenomena over the weekend: food and environment crises, debt crisis in the North and in the South, social uprisings, financialisation of our lives, patriarchy…
Myriam Bourgy (CADTM – France), Amina Amzil (ATTAC CADTM – Morocco), Olivier De Schutter (UCL – Belgium), Gilbert Lieben (CGSP Wallonne – Belgium), Eric Toussaint (CADTM – Belgium)

Lunch break

2 – 4 PM
- ‘Latin America, as rebellious as ever?’ FR-SPAN
Conference room
A former laboratory for neoliberal policies, Latin America has more recently been standing at the centre of struggles and alternatives to capitalism, debt and extractivism. But have not the experiments carried out by several “progressive” governments that came to power thanks to social movements reached their limits? What kind of inspiration do they provide for a Europe in crisis?
Bernard Duterme (CETRI – Belgium), Daniel Munevar (CADTM – Colombia), Maud Bailly (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘The utility of citizens’ debt audit’ FR-ENGL
Seminar 1
After Ecuador, Greece and Argentina, where will the next debt audit committee be set up? The answer depends on the pression of social movements and on the power of citizen debt audit campaigns. Let’s look at what is happening in Belgium, Spain, France, Mali and Latin America.
Alma Porta Lledó (PACD – Spain), Patrick Saurin (CAC – France), Laurent Pirnay (ACiDe – Belgium), Broulaye Bagayoko (CAD – Mali)

- ‘The String Game, debtocracy version’(interactive workshop)
Seminar 2
Debt is getting your head all mixed up, you want to sort things out? Come and play! A playful approach to grasp what is at stake and the consequences of the debt system.
Najla Mulhondi (CADTM – Belgium), Emilie Paumard (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘How do our banks function?’(interactive workshop)
Seminar 3
In what context do banks operate? How do they function? What developements have they been through? How did they trigger the financial crisis? Are there alternatives?
Aline Fares (Finance Watch – Belgium), Pierre Gottiniaux (CADTM – Belgium)

Coffee break

4:30 – 6:30 pm

- ‘Never too big to jail !’ FR-SPAN
Conference room
Our struggle can also take the form of legal actions against organisations and individuals who thought they were above the law. This is the case of the World Bank and CEOs of major private banks. We will examine the concrete possibilities developed by some social movements on the basis of such lawsuits.
Claude Quemar (CADTM – France), Rachel Knaebel (Basta ! – France), Patrick Saurin (SUD-BPCE – France), Emma Aviles (15MpaRato – Spain)

- ‘Extractivism and the ecological debt’ FR-ENGL
Seminar 1
Debt and extractivism are two weapons of a single system of oppression and exploitation. The ecological debt is the outcome of the plundering of resources of lands and populations whose sovereignty is constantly violated. Such practices are heading for disaster. We will examine the cogs of this infernal machine.
Nicolas Sersiron (CADTM – France), Renaud Duterme (CADTM – Belgium), Florence Kroff (FIAN – Belgium)

- ‘Burkina Faso: from one revolution to the next?’ FR
Seminar 2
Blaise Compaoré, prize pupil of the IMF, the World Bank and neocolonialism, was ousted from power by a popular mobilisation of historic size that had been prompted by the social movement called ‘Balai citoyen’. Does the situation in Burkina, ‘land of upright people’ as Thomas Sankara had decided it would be called, testify to a new wind blowing on Africa?
Bruno Jaffre (biographer of Thomas Sankara – France), ‘Humanist’(rapper who is also a member of ‘Balai citoyen’– France/Burkina Faso), Virginie de Romanet (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘Pedagogical tools to arm women against any kind of austerity’ (interactive workshop) FR
Seminar 3
Discover and share tools women developed within their collective movement to promote a collective feminist analysis of austerity, to appropriate unfriendly economic notions so as to get the better of illegitimate debts and their consequences on women’s lives.
Lorie Penninck (Vie Féminine – Belgium), Charlotte Chatelle (‘Vlà la facture!’committee – Belgium), Amandine Chatelain (‘Vlà la facture!’committee – Belgium), Christine Vanden Daelen (CADTM – Belgium)


6:30 pm Meal

8 pm Gesticulate speech ‘Radical’
Two activists who keep running from marches to demos to sit-ins with a stop at their vegetable garden while teaching full time in informal education stop for a while… to wonder to what extent their actions have helped to fight injustices whether here or elsewhere? Social and ecological struggles could be far more efficient, if we worked together more (easier said than done…) and if we adopted radical strategies. But what does ‘radical’ actually mean? They would like to hear what you think!
Sebastien Kennes (Rencontre des Continents – Belgium) and Amaury Ghijselings (Quinoa – Belgium)

10 pm ‘Humanist’ concert

A committed rapper from Burkina-Faso, who lives today in Cergy (Paris banlieue), Humanist is a member of the social movement ‘Balai citoyen’.



8:15 Yoga workshop

9:30 – 12:30 am

- ‘What about popular uprisings in former Yugoslavia?’ FR-ENGL
Conference room
Workers’ and students’ uprisings in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2014) or the big marches organised in Slovenia in 2012 and 2013 are often ignored. Yet they showed that the peoples of former Yugoslavia stand up against the neoliberal policies that have been enforced on them for 25 years. How do things stand today?
Tijana Okić (Higher Education Trade Union – Bosnia), Andreja Zivkovic (Marks21 – Serbia), Pierre Gottiniaux (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘Migration policies: how much longer shall we count the dead?’ FR-SPAN
Seminar 1
Tragedies have turned the Mediterranean into cemetery yet ‘Fortress Europe’’ only answer is denying any responsibility and reinforcing a repressive policy with disastrous consequences. In Belgium as elsewhere the struggle of undocumented migrants has a voice.
Olivier Stein (Progress Law – Belgium), France Arets (CRACPE – Belgium), Alexis Deswaef (LDH – Belgium), Mamadou Bah (Political refugee – Belgium/Greece), José Mukadi (CADTM – Belgique)

- ‘Current resistances to the grabbing of lands and resources’ (interactive workshop) FR
Seminar 2
From the South to the North, resistances are being organised against the accumulation of an ecological debt. From farmers’ and anti-extraction movements to actions against some massive projects, all kind of activists are joining to resist and build others ways of life.  
Anna Bednik (ALDEAH – France), Larbi Hafidi (ATTAC CADTM – Morocco), Sebastien and Amaury

- ‘Lies and truths about social debt and social security’ (interactive workshop organized by ATTAC-Liège) FR
Seminar 3
What are we told about social debt and social security? We shall try to sort out charity, private insurances and true solidarity, in Belgium, in Portugal and elsewhere.
Broc (ATTAC Liège – Belgium), Eric Nemes (ATTAC Liège – Belgium), Rui Viana Pereira (CADPP – Portugal), Pascal Franchet (CADTM France)

Lunch break: Debt animation / Burkina Faso Report / Massage workshop / Juggling workshop / Walk / Foot and Frisbee

2:30 – 5:30 pm (coffee break included)

- ‘Private debts: bubbles and resistances’ FR-ESP-ANGL
Conference room
Students’ debts in the US, micro-credit facilities in Morocco, foreclosures in Spain and financialisation process in Eastern Europe: private debt is a key link in the chain capitalism uses to strangle us. Overview.
Fátima Martín (PACD – Spain), Andreja Zivkovic (Marks21 – Serbia), Amina Amzil (ATTAC CADTM – Morocco), Lauren Tooker (Debt Resistance UK – United Kingdom)

- ‘Greece : the reasons for the surrender and lessons to be learned’ FR
Under the threat of creditors, the Prime Minister and the Greek Parliament have finally capitulated to their conditions and have trampled the popular will expressed by the referendum of July 5. Why the Greek authorities have capitulated? What are the lessons to be learned ?
Eric Toussaint (CADTM – Belgium), Yiorgios Mitralias (CADTM – Greece), Dimitri Malafécas (Initiative Grèce – Belgium), Anouk Renaud (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘Feminist economic alternatives to the dominant system’ FR
Seminar 1
How do feminists struggle simultaneously against capitalist and patriarchal oppressions? What initiatives do they set up to fight social injustices that are exacerbated by the debt crisis? How do feminist theories contribute to social changes that are likely to result in collective emancipation?
Jules Falquet (Université Paris Diderot – France), Soizic Dubot (Vie Féminine – Belgium), Carla Sandoval Carrillo (Le Monde selon les Femmes – Belgium), Christine Vanden Daelen (CADTM – Belgium)

- ‘Towards COP-21!’(interactive workshop) FR
Seminar 2
Three months before the UN climate conference in Paris, what is this other ‘last chance’ they are waving about? Where did the COP originate? What is the point of going there? What are our goals and our strategies? How shall we get organised in Belgium? Let’s take stock!  
Natalie Eggermont (Climate Express – Belgium), Pascoe Sabido (CEO – Belgium), Juan Tortosa (CADTM – Switzerland)


- 5:45 – 7 pm Meeting of local and national CADTM groups

- 7 pm Meal

- 9 pm Theater performance ‘Système Dette’ (’Debt System’) from ACiDe Marche)

- 10:30 pm DJ Miss Sirocco (Drache Musicale/Radio Panik - Bruxelles)


9:30 – 12:30 am

- ‘Cancelling or restructuring debts in Europe: how do political parties respond?’ FR-SPAN
Conference room
Podemos, Syriza, Les Verts, PTB – how do these various political parties that claim to represent alternatives stand to public debts in Europe? Do they support debt cancellation? Unilateral suspension of payment? Citizens’ audits?…
Miguel Urbán (Podemos – Spain), Sofia Sakorafa (Syriza – Greece), Philippe Lamberts (Les Verts - Belgium), Marco Van Hees (PTB – Belgium), Eric Toussaint (CADTM – Belgique)

- ‘South: towards new debt crises’ FR-ENGL
Seminar 1
Countries in the South have had to face structural adjustment policies and so-called debt relief programmes; they have also tried to break away from the hold of international financial institutions. What is their current debt situation? Has the problem been solved (as is sometimes said) or should we get ready for other debt crises in the South?
Broulaye Bagayoko (CAD – Mali), Larbi Hafidi (ATTAC CADTM – Morocco), Maud Bailly (CADTM – Belgium), Daniel Munevar (CADTM – Colombia)

- ‘Austerity and free trade agreements vs. Women’s rights’ FR
Seminar 2
How do austerity measures and free trade agreements destroy any progressive prospect in terms of gender social relationships? Let us examine together the consequences of the neoliberal agenda on women’s rights and share their inspiring struggles.
Fatima Ezzahra Benomar (Les efFRONTé-e-s – France), Sonia Mitralias (CADTM – Greece), Amina Amzil (ATTAC CADTM – Morocco), Pierrette Pape (Lobby européen des Femmes – Belgium)

- ‘Should we let the banks go bankrupt ?’ FR
Seminar 3
Since 2008 a succession of bank crisis and bailouts reminds us that banking is much too serious a business to be left in the hands of bankers. What alternatives can be proposed? New European regulations? Separating banking activities? Socialising the finance sector? Cooperatives?
Aline Fares (Finance Watch – Belgium), Frank Vanaerschot (FairFin – Belgium), Patrick Saurin (SUD-BPCE – France), Rachel Knaebel (Basta ! – France)

Lunch break

2 – 4 pm
And now? What shall we do with it all? What shall we do with the illegitimate debt and its world? Let’s explore several actual experiences and possibilities of action. We cannot afford to obey any more...
Sofia Sakorafa (Syriza – Greece), Emma Aviles (Xnet – Spain), Thomas Englert (JOC – Belgium), Broulaye Bagayoko (CAD – Mali), Eric Toussaint (CADTM – Belgique)


Price for 3 days full board : 75 € (55 € without accommodation)
Students and small incomes : 40 € (30 € without accommodation)

Support price 90€ - this price allow us to propose reduced prices to people with lower means.

Payment: Transfer the amount to the IBAN account IBAN : BE06 0012 3183 4322 / Code Swift BIC : GEBA BE BB mentioning “CADTM Summer university 2015”.

If you cannot afford the inscription, do not hesitate to contact us, we will find a solution!


We inform you that registrations for those who wich to eat and sleep on site will be closed on Thursday August 20 deadline at 11h59pm.


However, you can continue to sign up for a single day or more without accommodation (you can also sign up on to an accommodation waiting list, as there are usually cancellations).

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Accommodation (actually full) is in double or triple rooms as from the evening of 10 September.

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Special diet requirements :(allergies, gluten-free...)

Other remarks (Please mention all information necessary for a smooth participation and enjoyable stay):

Sheets and blankets are supplied. Do not forget to bring your own toilet effects!
Will you need a child minder during the day (please mention number of children and their age - not below 4 years old)?