Doc. 9085
4 May 2001

Opponents of free trade and globalisation regarded as a threat to democracy and freedom of opinion in Europe

Motion for an order

presented by Mr Reimann and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only

the members who have signed it

The competent committee of the Assembly is instructed to draw up for consideration by the plenary Assembly a report taking stock of the growing violence which for two years now has attended summit meetings and international economic exchanges (for example, in 2000 the World Bank/IMF Summit in Prague and the European Union Summit in Nice, and in 2001 the World Economic Forum in Davos with the accompanying disorder in Zurich, the demonstrations which have surrounded the transportation of nuclear fuels in France and Germany, etc.).

The aforementioned report should cast light on the causes and ideological origins of this phenomenon, the links uniting the anti-globalisation militants of the various countries, and the dangers which this movement represents for democracy in Europe (and the world at large) and for freedom of opinion, and should propose solutions in order to contend with these dangers in a spirit of respect for the law and democracy.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Reimann, Switzerland, LDR

Acosta, Spain, LDR

Adam, Germany, EPP/CD

Brunhart, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

Čekuolis, Lithuania, LDR

Eörsi, Hungary, LDR

Fehr, Switzerland, LDR

Frey, Switzerland, LDR

Jakič, Slovenia, LDR

Lintner, Germany, EPP/CD

Marty, Germany, LDR

Nabholz-Haidegger, Switzerland, LDR

Pinggera, Italy, EPP/CD

Provera, Italy, LDR

Schmied, Switzerland, LDR

Schoettel-Delacher, Austria, NR

Staehelin, Switzerland, EPP/CD

Stankevič, Lithuania, LDR

Van’t Riet, Netherlands, LDR

Zapfl-Helbling, Switzerland, PPE/DC

Zierer, Germany, PPE/DC


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group