European Left Summer University – booking now open

The Summer University of the Party of the European Left & Transform!europe takes place from 8th to 12th of July 2022, High School José Estevão, Aveiro, Portugal

Registrations are open! Find the form here  


Simultaneous translation in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Friday 8th of July 2022

Opening (afternoon) – arrivals 19:00 to 20:00h.

21.30-22.30 Cultural activity: Catarina Valadas and Rui Oliveira (revolutionary and resistance songs) + welcome speeches


Saturday 9th of July 2022

9.30-11.00 – Plenary: A new crisis – the economic impact of the global pandemic and war
Walter Baier (transform!europe)
Aida Sopi Niang (Deputy Mayor of Dakar, Senegal)
Moderation: Alen Toplišek (co-coordinator of the EL Economic policies WG, Levica, Slovenia)

11.00-11.15 – Break

11.15-12.30 – Seminars/Workshops

  • European Youth facing (class) war: our struggle for solidarity between militarisation, non-violent strategies and climate crisis
  • Seminar: The consequences of war on the left: where do we go from here?
    Angelina Giannopoulou (transform!europe)
    Moderation: Katerina Anastasiou & Axel Ruppert

12.30-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-16.00 – Plenary: Uberisation and class struggle: the future of the labour movement
José Soeiro
Anu Koljonen (General Secretary of the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation, NTF, Sweden)

16.00-16.15 – Break


  • Seminar on post-elections France
    Manuel Bompard (MEP, La France Insoumise)
  • New Left for a new World – Renewing our Parties and Organisations
    Yann Lelann (transform!europe)
  • Workshop: An unwavering commitment to peace
    Tom Unterrainer (Chair of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, UK) (TBC)
    Moderation: Katerina Anastasiou & Axel Ruppert

17.30-17.45 – Break

17.45-19.00 – Seminar/Workshops:

  • Presentation of the EL Magazine and transform!europe’s Yearbook
    Paolo Ferrero (Vice-President of the Party of the European Left)
    Haris Golemis (transform!europe)
  • Seminar: The social and ecological transformation in the coal regions of the EU
    Czeslaw Kulesza
    Ivan Stracho?
    Dagmar Švendová
    Mathias Froeck
    Moderation: Roland Kulke (transform!europe)

20.00 – Dinner

21.30 – Cultural activity


Sunday 10th of July 2022

9.30-11.00Plenary: Smash capitalism, save the planet: “Green Deals” and energy transition
Sean Sweeney (Coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, TUED)
Attila Vajnai (President of the Worker’s Party of Hungary 2006)
Marisa Matias (MEP The Left, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)
Moderation: Didem Aydurmus (co-coordinator WG Environment)

11.00-11.15 – break

11.15-12.30 – Seminar/Workshops:

  • “Art and Youth: How much youth is in Art?”
  • “Hundred Shades of the EU”: Mapping the Political Economy of the EU Peripheries
    Veronika Sušová-Salminen
    Giuseppe Celi
    José Gusmão (MEP, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)
    Moderation: Tatiana Moutinho & Dagmar Švendová

12.30-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-16.00 – Plenary: Towards unity of socialist, feminist and ecologist movements
Attila Melegh (professor of University Corvinus, Hungary)
Klaus Dörre (author of “Utopia of new socialism”)
Gala Kabbaj (Espaces Marx – transform!europe, France)
Andreia Galvão (ecofeminist, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)

16.00-16.30 – break

16.30-18.00 – Plenary: The radical left’s response to militarism and war
Stefano Amann (PRC, Italy)
Moderation: Claudia Haydt (Co-coordinator WG Peace)

18.00-18.15 – break

18.15-19.45 – Cultural activity

20.00 – Dinner


Monday 11th of July 2022

9.30-11.00 – Plenary: Democracy around the world: challenging the far-right
Janine Wissler (Co-chair of Die Linke) (TBC)
Fabian Figueiredo (co-coordinator EL Fighting the far right WG, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal)
Moderation: Barbara Steiner (Director, transform!europe)

11.00-11.15 – Break

11.15-12.30 – Seminar/Workshops:

  • Seminar on Senegal and Burkina Faso situation
    Aida Sopi Niang (Deputy Mayor of Dakar, Senegal)
    Moderation: Félix Atchadé (Coordinator of the EL Africa WG, PCF, France)
  • An Alliance for Freedom of Press: for a network of the Left voices in Europe
    Moderation: Roberto Morea & Dagmar Švendová

12.30-14.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Conclusions: The way forward for the EL
Heinz Bierbaum (President of the Party of the European Left)
Conny Hildebrandt (Co-President of transform!europe)

16.00-21.30 – Visit of the city of Aveiro or Costa Nova seaside

20.00 – Open-air dinner



Tuesday 12th of July 2022

9.00 – 10.00 – 11.00 – Departures by bus



Registration form (EN – version 12.05) Formulaire d’inscription (FR – version 12.05) Draft programme (EN – version 1.06)

Accommodation will be offered in the following hotels and youth hostel (food included, prices per night):
– Hotel Jardim – Praceta Dom Afonso V, 3810-094 Aveiro
61€ single room / 47€ double room (per person)
– Hotel Imperial – R. Dr. Nascimento Leitão 1, 3800-108 Aveiro
58€ single / 50,50€ double or twin (per person)
– Hotel Veneza – R. Luis G. Carvalho 23, 3800-211 Aveiro (only available for 3 nights, 8-11 July)
80€ single / 55,50€ double or twin (per person) / 48€ triple (per person)
– Youth Hostel – Edificio IPDJ, R. das Pombas, 3810-150 Aveiro
33€ twin private bathroom (per person) / 31€ twin shared bathroom (per person)


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