International Welcome & International Dinner, Friday, April 23rd from 6 to 8 pm CEST

We will meet with all international guests for an International Welcome! We want to get to know each other, exchange ideas and introduce everyone to the GRÜNE JUGEND Spring Congress. We will first get to know each other as internationals and at 7 pm, other GRÜNE JUGEND activists will also join the meeting for an international dinner. We also encourage you to bring your favourite snack or meal to the international dinner. And last but not least, we will be playing games and continue chatting

Workshop „Luxembourg’s mobility offensive – a prime example of a just mobility transition?“, Saturday, April 24th from 10 to 12 am CEST (translated)

Worldwide, about 14% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the transport sector. In the EU, this percentageis even higher. In order to establish a climate-neutral society, mobility plays a very important role, and above all fossil-fuelled private transport must give way to more sustainable alternatives. But this can create new fields of tension, both between urban and rural areas, and between affluent and financially weaker households. Shaping the transport transition is thus not only a climate policy challenge, but also a social one. Luxembourg has been pursuing a mobility offensive for several years. Free public transport is one of the most effective measures in the eyes of the media. But how effective are these measures with regard to a climate-friendly and sustainable society in which every citizen is mobile? Should other countries follow Luxembourg’s example? We want to discuss this with you in our workshop!

Workshop „The increasing exploitation of workers by the digital platform economy”, Saturday, April 24th from 1 to 3 pm CEST

Lieferando, Delivery Hero, Uber, Amazon and many other digital companies rely on an ever growing number of workers to deliver for their customers. This creates a whole new segment of economy, the so called ‚gig economy‘ where workers are usually self-employed, must be extremely flexible and work below minimum wage standards. To understand the relevance of this topic and what we can do against it, Kim van Sparrentak (Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA) will talk with us about how exactly these companies exploit their workers and what concrete measures they use. Moreover, we want to discuss the role of organised labour, for example in the form of unions, in fighting for more just working conditions for workers in the gig economy. Finally, we consider the role of European legislation in this area and how state intervention can aid the protection of workers‘ rights.

Workshop „Education in the craze of competition and performance fetish“, Saturday, April 24th from 3 to 5 pm CEST (translated)

The modern state education system is truly a historical achievement. It is supposed to serve general enlightenment and in this way ensure equality, freedom and solidarity. The reality, however, is different. In the course of the pandemic, we see once again how education emerges as a bogus, privilege and entitlement system. This is no coincidence, but is related to the function that certified education must fulfil in a capitalist state. We want to approach very basic questions in a workshop: What ideals and demands are placed on education? What kind of education system are we facing? What is the relationship between social inequality and education? How do contradictions between ideals and reality manifest? And what effect does the current economic system have on education? The workshop will also provide space to discuss the effects of the pandemic on our education system.

Campaign Presentation for the national elections, Saturday, April 24th from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm CEST

At this celebratory campaign opening, our campaign team and federal board will present the current progress of our election campaign. After all, on September 26th the Bundestag will be newly elected and we want to kick off an election campaign around the issue of justice with a lot of power!

Party, Saturday, April 24th from 9.30 pm CEST

What’s a congress without a party? If you feel like dancing, you’ll get your chance here. Good music is provided!

Workshop „Modern Monetary Theory as a door opener to progressive economic policy“, Sunday, April 25th from 10 to 12 am CEST (translated)

Whether it is an investment campaign in climate protection or the expansion of the welfare state – the state’s financial room for action is constantly underestimated. No question has brought down so many progressive reform ideas as the question of financing. If the future is to be won, clear answers are needed. That is exactly what this workshop will be about! What can we actually afford? Where does the state get its money from? How does public debt work? What do we need taxes for? Where does inflation come from? We will answer all these questions and many more with a look through the eyes of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)!

Workshop „Work in Capitalism. On 4-day weeks and guaranteed jobs“, Sunday, April 25th from 12:30 am to 2:30 pm CEST (translated)

In the context of the Corona crisis, many people in Germany, as in many other countries, have lost their jobs or are on short-time work. Since then, ideas on how to restructure the labour world, which have existed in a similar ways for a long time, have gained momentum again: Left parties and organisations want to shorten working hours so that in the future we all only have to work 4 days a week, for example. In the USA, left-wing democrats and economists are campaigning for a job guarantee, i.e. a promise that everyone who wants to work will get a meaningful job from the state – e.g. in health and care, in building housing and infrastructure, for climate protection or in their community.

If you have any questions, contact the GRÜNE JUGEND International Team at team-internationales@gruene-jugend.de or via our Telegram Group. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the congress or you need someone to talk to, you can contact the Awareness Group by calling +4930 629317517.