Monday, 2 March 2009

March 30-April 1, 2009: The World in Crisis - Alternative ECOFIN Conference, Prague

The Prague Global Policy Institute - Glopolis is inviting to "The World in Crisis: Economies and Policies for Global Transformation – Alternative ECOFIN Conference" which will take place in Prague from March 30th until April 1st 2009.

The meeting of EU Economic and Finance ministers (ECOFIN) is taking place for the first time in the Czech Republic. The historical conjuncture of this event is exceptional. The world is witnessing the deepest financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression in 1929. At the same time, the climate crisis seems to be escalating; energy crisis, poverty and hunger are increasing.

In such a situation, civil society has to raise its voice and to mobilise for change. The economic paradigm dominating the last decades, has failed. We urgently need alternatives. The EU has to play an eminent role in the process of change. The conference is meant to discuss such alternatives and to contribute to the process of reform ahead.

The conference in Prague continues in the tradition of Alternative ECOFIN Conferences held since 2006 in Vienna, Berlin and Ljubljana. With respect to deep and multiple crises, the conference will go beyond the EU financial and economic policies.

The program of the conference can be downloaded from: For latest up-dates, please check (in the menu on the left side).

The registration form is available at:
and needs to be send to by March 15th.

The organisers ask the participants to cover their travel and accommodation costs. The conference fee is up to EUR 25 for all participants (except speakers and facilitators). The fee can be waived if based on justified request. Those who would need further financial assistance are kindly asked to fill in the Application for funding part of the registration form and send it to by March 15th.

Find more information on the conference, logistics etc, at:

For any further inquires on the content of the conference, you can contact Ondrej Kopecny at or Petr Lebeda at For help with logistics, please contact Jana Knechtlova at

Information provided by Ondrej Kopecny, Glopolis

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