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Elections on Rewind: Democracy on Fast Forward

18 June 2024 Sparks Meetings Brussels, Rue Ravenstein 60 1000 Bruxelles
18 June 2024 Sparks Meetings Brussels, Rue Ravenstein 60 1000 Bruxelles

European Partnership for Democracy is delighted to invite you to our Annual Conference on 18 June in Brussels to discuss the repercussions of the European elections on democracy. 

Europeans will take to the polls from 6-9 June across the continent leading to a new configuration of power at the European level. We will discuss the implications of the results for policy within the Union and for European foreign and development policies as well as examine new developments in democracy support worldwide. 

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Programme

Speakers

Practical info

About last year

Programme

09.00

Registration & open breakfast

Place pin(1)Ground floor lobby

09.30

Welcome by EPD Executive Director Ken Godfrey

Theatre

09.40

Keynote speech with a political leader

Theatre

10.00

Plenary 1: Digesting Election Results Across the Continent

Europeans will vote in all EU member states between 6-9 June and the results will have a vital bearing on European politics over the next 5 years. What does the vote say about the state of European politics at this moment? What key issues drove the agenda and what does that mean for the agenda of the new European Commission?

Speakers:

Armin Rabitsch, Co-founder and Chairperson, Election-Watch.EU

Sarah Wheaton, Chief Policy Correspondent, POLITICO Europe

Moderator: Thijs Berman, Executive Director, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy 

More speakers are coming soon

 

Theatre

11.15

Coffee break

Place pin(1)Ground floor lobby

11.45

Session 2: The Future of European Election Support

A discussion on how election observation can respond to the current challenges to democracy and elections worldwide.

Speakers

Isabel Santos, Member of the European Parliament

Dr Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham, Director, CEDAR 

Neal Mac Call, Head of Division, EEAS  

Moderator: Domenico Tuccinardi, Executive Director, EDGE Foundation.

Place pin(1)Theatre

Session 3: Disinformation and Elections 

This session will explore the impacts of disinformation during election campaigns and discuss the best strategies for addressing it, including fact-checking and other tools that help to counter disinformation.

Speakers:

Irène Mingasson, Head of Unit, Rapid Response Europe, Asia and America, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), European Commission

Milica Ljubičić, journalist at RasKRIKavanje

Omri Preiss, Director, Alliance4Europe

Moderator:  David Diaz-Jogeix, Senior Director of Programmes, Article 19

Place pin(1)Launchpad

Session 4: The Future of Democratic Innovation

This session will explore how institutions and politicians can make use of democratic innovations to revitalise European democracy. 

Speakers:

Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Senior Expert and Deputy Head of Unit, Citizens’ Dialogues, European Commission

Yves Dejaeghere, Executive Director, Federation for Innovation in Democracy Europe (FIDE)

Teele Pehk, Head of Democracy Coalition, Social Change Consultant, DD Foundation

Francesco Ronchi, Administrator, Directorate for Democracy Support, European Parliament

ModeratorRaphaël Pouyé, Expert in open government and public innovation projects

Place pin(1)Balcony

11.45

Session 2: The Future of European Election Support

A discussion on how election observation can respond to the current challenges to democracy and elections worldwide.

Session 2: The future of (European) election observation

A discussion on how election observation can respond to the current challenges to democracy and elections worldwide.

Speakers: 

Isabel Santos, Member of the European Parliament

Dr Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham, Director, CEDAR 

Neal Mac Call, Head of Division, EEAS  

Moderator: Domenico Tuccinardi, Executive Director, EDGE Foundation.

Place pin(1)Theatre

Session 3: Disinformation and Elections 

This session will explore the impacts of disinformation during election campaigns and discuss the best strategies for addressing it, including fact-checking and other tools that help to counter disinformation.

Speakers:

Irène Mingasson, Head of Unit, Rapid Response Europe, Asia and America, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), European Commission

Milica Ljubičić, journalist at RasKRIKavanje

Omri Preiss, Director, Alliance4Europe

Moderator: David Diaz-Jogeix, Senior Director of Programmes, Article 19

Place pin(1)Launchpad

Session 4: The Future of Democratic Innovation

This session will explore how institutions and politicians can make use of democratic innovations to revitalise European democracy.

Speakers:

Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Senior Expert and Deputy Head of Unit, Citizens’ Dialogues, European Commission

Yves Dejaeghere, Executive Director, Federation for Innovation in Democracy Europe (FIDE)

Teele Pehk, Head of Democracy Coalition, Social Change Consultant, DD Foundation

Francesco Ronchi, Administrator, Directorate for Democracy Support, European Parliament

ModeratorRaphaël Pouyé, Expert in open government and public innovation projects

Place pin(1)Balcony

13.15

Lunch

Place pin(1)Restaurant

14.30

Session 5: Europe’s Democracy Blind Spots 

Amidst the European Parliament elections and a change in EU leadership, the discussion will focus on the risks that blind us to deeper issues of democratic renewal critical for European prosperity and security.

Speakers:

Sophie in ‘t Veld, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

Alberto Alemanno, Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Founder, The Good Lobby

Ralph Kaessner, Head of Unit, Rule of Law, Council of the EU Secretariat 

Moderator: Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at Carnegie Europe

Place pin(1)Launchpad I

Session 6: Citizen Participation Beyond Elections

This interactive session will discuss best practices for citizen participation in Europe, drawing upon existing democratic initiatives and lessons learned from the 2024 EU elections.

Speakers:

Anthony Zacharzewski, President, Democratic Society 

Ingrid Godkin, Cabinet of the Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

Christina Altides, DG for Communications, European Parliament

Moderator: Sahib Singh, Senior Expert, Demos Helsinki

Place pin(1)Balcony

Session 7: Dysfunctional Democracies: Why Should Young People Vote?

An interactive workshop where participants will be gathered in groups to discuss the main dysfunctions of democracies while still building a strong argument for younger generations to engage in traditional politics.

Facilitators:

Konstantina Alexopoulou, Research & Programme Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

Jérémy Apert, Programme Manager, European Partnership for Democracy

Santiago Barrail, Policy Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

Place pin(1)Launchpad II

14.30

Session 5: Europe’s Democracy Blind Spots

Amidst the European Parliament elections and a change in EU leadership, the discussion will focus on the risks that blind us to deeper issues of democratic renewal critical for European prosperity and security.

Sophie in ‘t Veld, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

Alberto Alemanno, Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Founder, The Good Lobby

Ralph Kaessner, Head of Unit, Rule of Law, Council of the EU Secretariat 

Moderator: Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at Carnegie Europe

Place pin(1)Launchpad I

Session 6: Citizen Participation Beyond Elections

This interactive session will discuss best practices for citizen participation in Europe, drawing upon existing democratic initiatives and lessons learned from the 2024 EU elections.

Speakers:

Anthony Zacharzewski, President, Democratic Society 

Ingrid Godkin, Cabinet of the Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

Christina Altides, DG for Communications, European Parliament

Moderator: Sahib Singh, Senior Expert, Demos Helsinki

Place pin(1)Balcony

Session 7: Dysfunctional Democracies: Why Should Young People Vote?

An interactive workshop where participants will be gathered in groups to discuss the main dysfunctions of democracies while still building a strong argument for younger generations to engage in traditional politics.

Facilitators:

Konstantina Alexopoulou, Research & Programme Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

Jérémy Apert, Programme Manager, European Partnership for Democracy

Santiago Barrail, Policy Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

Place pin(1)Launchpad II

15.40

Coffee break

Place pin(1)First floor lobby

16.00

Plenary 2: Democracy and Foreign Policy

Amidst the increasing amount of crises in the European Neighbourhood and beyond, European governments are facing difficult choices when defining foreign policy priorities. This process usually leads to democracy and governance priorities being overshadowed by concerns over security, migration and trade. This panel will look at how overarching foreign policy trends are impacting democracy support as a factor in EU external action.

Speakers :

Ambassador Olof Skoog, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, EEAS

Interviewed by: Anu Juvonen, Executive Director, Demo Finland

Theatre

16.40

Plenary 3: European Philanthropy for Democracy

This session will look at the current priorities of European foundations at a time of increased challenges to democracy and stress on funding for pro-democratic initiatives.

Peggy Saïller, Executive Director, Network of European Foundations

Samuel Sigere, Programme and Grants Officer, Civitates

Moderator: Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director, Kofi Annan Foundation

Theatre

17.20

Plenary 4: The Digital Future of European Elections

This session explores the question of the digital future of the EU elections, with the aim of identifying the main new risks to election integrity, but also to identify best practices that could help promote more inclusive, participative EU elections.

Speakers:

Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Interviewed by: Michael Meyer-Resende, Executive Director, Democracy Reporting International

Theatre

18.00

Featuring stand up comedy with 2 comedians from the Schuman Show

With:

Louise : a member of the core writer-performer team of the Schuman Show. She is also a recovering lobbyist with a comedy problem and has been working in political communication in Brussels for the past decade. Having trained at the Second City in Chicago, Louise has been performing in Brussels on various stages since 2016. 


Tristan: a member of the core writer-performer team of the Schuman Show. He is also a standup comic, performance artist and improviser with a passion for the strange and unexpected. With a background in EU politics, his comedy covers a wide range of topics through a uniquely cynical yet playful and energetic tone – he is Canadian after all 

  • Louise at the Shuman Show, Photo © Deb Devienne
  • Tristan at the Shuman Show, Photo © Deb Devienne
  • Tristan at the Shuman Show, Photo © Deb Devienne
  • Louise at the Shuman Show, Photo © Deb Devienne

    18.20

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    18.30

    Networking drinks

    Place pin(1)Château Moderne, Mont des Arts 1, 1000 Bruxelles

     

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      Practical info

      Location

      Rue Ravenstein 60, 1000 Bruxelles

      How to reach
      the venue

      Public transport in Brussels

      Bus STIB 29, 38, 63, 65, 66, 71, 86: Central station
      Tram 92, 93: Palais
      Tram 3, 4, 32: Bourse
      Metro 1, 5: Central Station, Exit 3: Rue des Colonies

      From train stations

      North Station : train Brussels North – Brussels Central
      Midi station : train Brussels Midi – Brussels Central

      From Brussels airports

      Zaventem Airport: train “Brussels Airport Zaventem – Brussels Central”

      Charleroi Airport: shuttle bus “Charleroi Airport-Midi Station” and train “Midi Station – Brussels Central

      Car

      Interparking Albertine

      Accessibility

      All the Rooms in Sparks are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

      Contacts

      Gwennaëlle Joret

      [email protected]

      +32 475 73 58 36

      Adriana D’Auria

      [email protected]

      +32 2 733 22 82

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      • 150 participants
      • 36 speakers
      • 10 sessions
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