Opening and presentation of the fifth edition of the Training Course of Europe of the Citizens (FEC). Valladolid, 3 October, 2014.
Presenters: President of the FEC, José María González; Director of the FEC, Jaime Aja; Spokesperson of the United Left in the local government of Valladolid, Manuel Saravia.
Fifth Training Course of the FEC, Valladolid, October 3-5
Discussion: Restoration or Rupture: the Left and the Crisis of the Regime
Presenters: Moderator: José Luis Centella, Coordinator of the presidency of the UL. Xosé Manuel Beirás, national spokesperson of Anova-Irmandade Nacionalista. Antoni Domenech, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. Inés Sabanés, spokesperson of Equo Madrid. Gerardo Pisarello, Professor of Law at the University of Barcelona. Guanyem Barcelona. Manolo Monereo, political scientist. Elena Cortés, Minister of Housing and Development of the Autonomic Government of Andalucía. Gaspar LLamazares, Executive Secretary of Social Policies of the United Left.
Fifth Edition of the Training Course of the FEC, Valladolid, October 3-5
Discussion: Restoration or Rupture: the Left and the Crisis of the Regime
Moderator: José Luis Centella, Coordinator of the presidency of the UL
Xosé Manuel Beirás, national spokesperson of Anova-Irmandade Nacionalista
Antoni Domenech, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona
Inés Sabanés, spokesperson of Equo Madrid
Gerardo Pisarello, Professor of Law at the University of Barcelona
Manolo Monereo, political scientist
Elena Cortés, Minister of Housing and Development of the Autonomic Government of Andalucía
Gaspar LLamazares, Executive Secretary of Social Policies of the United Left
Opening and presentation of the Fifth Edition of the Training Course of the Foundation for a Europe of the Citizens (FEC). Valladolid, 3 October, 2014.
President of the FEC, José María González
Director of the FEC, Jaime Aja
Spokesperson of the UL in the local government of Valladolid, Manuel Saravia
The Training Course of the UL analyses how to achieve a new productive model that “responds to social concerns” and which has in mind the interests of the people rather than economic percentages
The second day of the United Left’s Fifth Training Course began with a discussion regarding “Proposals to change the productive model”, in which the presenters were agreed upon the need to search for and ultimately reach a new model that “responds to social concerns”, and which has in mind the interests of the people rather than simply conforming with certain economic percentages.
José Antonio Gacría Rubio, the Federal Executive Secretary of the Economy and Employment for the United Left, was the moderator for today’s discussion, organized in Valladolid by the Foundation for a Europe of the Citizens (FEC), of the United Left, which has begun these three days of meetings. Along with Juaquín Arriola, a professor at the University of País Vasco, and Oscar Carpintero, a professor at the University of Valladolid, the Executive Secretary maintained an animated discussion with the attendees about how to direct this search for a more human economic system which leaves aside the obsessions with the GDP and with the spending ceiling.
Arriola suggested to those in attendance that capitalism is not obsolete in Spain and that its actions and objectives continue to be very clear, as is shown by the fact that “it is this which has destroyed the welfare state since its very introduction”.
He warned that certain discourses speak of an outdated system, when these really seek to hide what is truly happening. “We need”, he said, “a productive model which guaranties that there be social percentages, and not economic ones. We need a public bank capable of upholding ethics and truth”.
Carpintero encouraged the abandonment of negative expressions or attitudes about how to get out of the crisis in order to begin to visualise alternative models, “because these new models will be used for a long time. We must abandon the obsession with the GDP, and we must not forget the wellbeing of the population”.
He also noted a variety of ways in which to address the modification of the model and pointed out that the most important thing, rather than the spending ceiling, is to maintain, “at minimum, a floor for social spending”. He also indicated that a radical change of the system of production should not forget “to reduce the ecological footprint. Our current model is incompatible with green ideals”.
The UL moves to the beginning of its Fifth Training Course the dilemma of “maintaining the current system which has generated unemployment and corruption, or opting for a rupture by a constitutional process”
At the beginning of the meeting which evolved throughout the weekend in Valladolid, José Luis Centella pointed out that “UL has a lot to say. We have a clear profile and trajectory as well as a clear programme with leftist proposals that serve to solve the problems brought up by the people”. Gaspar Llamazares noted that, after the European elections in May, “an electoral rupture has grown with the two party system, and this ought to be transformed into a change, something which will depend not only on political and social organisations, but also upon the citizens”.
Saturday, 4 October, 2014 – The United Left has today addressed the dilemma that Spanish society ought to consider between “maintaining the current system, the regime, that has generated unemployment, corruption, and greater inequality, or opting for a rupture which, through a constitutional process led by the people, would suggest a new model for the country, which would serve to solve the problems of the people”. This is how the Federal President and Parliamentary Spokesperson, José Luis Centella, introduced the theme for the Fifth Training Course of the UL which is to be celebrated through next Sunday in Valladolid: “The United Left and the New Political Cycle. Challenges, Opportunities, and Alternatives”.
This three-day meeting, organized by the UL’s Foundation for a Europe of the Citizens (FEC), began this afternoon with the discussion “Restoration or Rupture: The United Left and the crisis of the Regime”. Presenters included Gaspar Llamazares, the Minister of Housing and Development of the Autonomic Government of Andalucía; Elena Cortés, and Manolo Monereo, on behalf of the UL, along with the directors of other trainings, like Inés Sabanés (EQUO), Xosé Manuel Beiras (Anova), and cultural representatives like philosophy professor Antoni Domenech or law professor Gerardo Pisarello.
Centella insisted on declaring to the media that “during this meeting, we want to discuss and produce ideas that serve to come to a decision about this dilemma. We believe that the Constitution of ’78 is outdated and that it is not capable of responding to the problems of the people”.
The Federal Director of the UL congratulated him on “the plurality that there is at this table, as has been the case throughout this Training Course”, something that reflects the moment in which we find ourselves, “the end of the two party system and the emergence of a multi-party system that is evidence of a new political map”.
He assured that, in this scenario, “UL has a lot to say. We have a clear profile and trajectory as well as a clear programme with leftist proposals that serve to solve the problems brought up by the people”.
He emphasized that the United Left “is involved in a process of social and political convergence in order that the constitutional process in which we are involved be evident in the next elections”.
In a similar sense, Elena Cortés spoke for those for whom “the current exhaustion is not only political, but also economic. For my part, I want to show how, from Andalucía, we can contribute to overcome the swindling and cheating of those who have directed us, and that, at the economic level, one can look to these recent General Proposals of the State as an example”.
Gaspar Llamazares, for his part, noted that “more than being faced with a restoration, we are faced with a very important democratic regression, which extends to the European Union as well, in the midst of a state of crisis and exception”.
The representative of the UL assessed that, after the European elections of May past, “an electoral rupture has grown with the two party system, and this ought to be transformed into a change, something which will depend not only on political and social organisations, but also upon the citizens”.
He predicted that this cannot be achieved effectively without a mix, a clear fusion, between all of the participants, given that “political training and the citizenry should be combined as a way of achieving the change that we demand.
The General Coordinator of the United Left of Castilla y León, as well as the president of the Foundation, José María González, assured, as the host, that this meeting of the Fifth Training Course, “has been built around the alternative and the discourse”. He congratulated the fact that this edition was the first to be held outside of the Community of Madrid and promised to repeat the experience.
For his part, Jaime Aja, as the director of the FEC, expressed his desire that the meeting “serve to motivate the project of the UL in a very complicated year, but that it also offer many possibilities to achieve a profound political change in the country, as is the demand of the workers”.