MeRA25, DiEM25’s Greek Electoral Wing, held the first phase of its Consultative Congress this weekend in Athens.
The first phase of the party’s Congress focussed on the adoption of MeRA25’s positions regarding 21 thematic sectors (health, education, culture, the environment, the economy and so on) which will form the party’s political agenda for the current period.
The Congress began on Friday, June 4, with greetings by party representatives, followed by more than a dozen persons responsible for different policy areas who gave an introduction to the policy papers that the party put up for a vote.
This was followed by a series of speeches by key figures on the global progressive scene, including Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Rafael Correa, Slavoj Žižek, Caroline Lucas, amongst others, as well as other personalities from the arts (Ken Loach, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, etc), who expressed their solidarity with the Greek people and MeRA25 for the struggles faced by the people of Greece.
This was followed by a speech by the Palestinian ambassador to Greece who later gifted Yanis Varoufakis, MeRA25’s leader and MP, with a Palestinian scarf.
On Saturday, June 5, a total of more than 100 delegates spoke: about education, health, local government, economy, tourism, the environment, islands and many more other topics.
On the third and last day, Sunday June 6, delegates voted electronically based on the discussion and dialogue from the previous day.
The conference will end with a speech by Yanis Varoufakis, followed by a musical performance of two outstanding artists, Dimitris Zervoudakis and Spyros Grammenos.
More information coming soon.
The second phase of MeRA25’s Consultative Congress will take place in November of 2021 [exact dates to be announced].
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