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Our understanding of democracy and effective democracy support is always evolving. Great learning opportunities are the many events on democracy and democracy support in Brussels and beyond. As we wouldn’t want to miss any of these events ourselves, we share them with you so you can also learn more and participate in debates on democracy and democracy support.

An Exchange of Views on DC Statehood


27 June, 13.15 – 14.00, European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building (Room ASP 3G2), Brussels

On 27 June 2018, Members of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the US (D-US) will meet Senator Paul Strauss from DC for an exchange of views on the struggle for the democratic recognition of the District of Columbia as a federal state of the US. Organised by MEP Alex Mayer (S&D); the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Secretariat of the D-US, the debate will inaugurate a series of events on the topic at the European Parliament.

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Supporting People Speaking Up for Democracy

European Endowment for Democracy 

27 June, 17.30 – 20.00, European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak building (Room PHS 7C050), Brussels.

This event celebrates European Endowment for Democracy’s 5 year anniversary in the form of keynote addresses that will be given by representatives of EU institutions and holding a debate on the state of democracy today.

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Hearing on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Case

European Parliament 

25 June, 15.30 – 20.00 (tbc), European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak building, (Room PHS 3C050), Brussels

The contributions made by speakers showed the need to further investigate the consequences this data breach has had on data protection and privacy, the possible impact on electoral processes, consumers’ trust in digital platforms, cybersecurity, the market position of Facebook etc. In this second part, Members will question experts and Facebook representatives on issues such as data protection implications, alleged election interference and cybersecurity.

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Countering online disinformation in Europe: Next steps

European Parliament 

28 June, 13.30 – 15.00, European Parliament, Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (Room ASP 05D), Brussels

Ahead of the European elections in less than a year from now, there is increasing concern over third-party disinformation campaigns in Europe. With the Commission’s April 2018 ‘Communication on Tackling online disinformation’ as a starting point, the panel will discuss the key challenges and opportunities for Member States and stakeholders (including media, online platforms, fact-checkers and civil society), and the EU institutions, not least the European Parliament.

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Academic Seminar on Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Westminster Foundation for Democracy; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)

10 July, Council Chamber of the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London

This academic seminar will explore all aspects of the role and ability of parliaments to conduct Post-Legislative Scrutiny, as well as the recommended methods and procedures for doing so. The seminar will result in the publication of a Special Issue of the European Journal on Law Reform.

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Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Democracy International and partners

26-29 September 2018, Capitol, Rome, Italy

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Global Forum process in Aarau, Switzerland. In that decade, the Global Forum has established the online Democracy Navigator – permitting the sharing and comparing of participatory democracy, in rules and practices.

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World Forum for Democracy 2018

Council of Europe; Grand Est; Republique Francaise;

19 – 21 November, Strasbourg

The World Forum for Democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights with a particular focus on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo.

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