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The theme of the 2018 colloquium was “Democracy in the EU". The colloquium  aimed to reaffirm that Democracy is a central value common to the European Union and all its Member States, and  looked at how to renew democratic engagement within the European Union and the European societies. This debate was timely also in the context of the upcoming European elections and on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

High-level national and European policymakers, international organisations, civil society organisations, media and social media representatives, the world of business and education, legal professionals, and many others, worked together to identify avenues to foster free, open and healthy democratic participation in an era of growing low turnout in elections, populism, digitalisation and threats to civil society.

Approached from the perspective of democratic activity in general and the upcoming European elections, the wide range of topics for discussion will include the promotion of broad participation and representation as a condition for inclusive democratic societies. We will look at opportunities and challenges brought about by digitalisation for an informed, fair and pluralistic democratic debate and discuss the negative impact of propaganda.

Programme Colloquium 2018

Conclusions Colloquium 2018

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Discussion papers

Parallel session I.a

Resilient and inclusive democratic societies, supporting broad participation and representation

Parallel session I.b

Public authorities’ engagement with civil society: obligations, challenges and promising practices

Parallel session I.c

Ensuring fair elections, pluralistic political debate and online and offline freedom of expression

Parallel session II.a

Supporting a secure electoral process

Parallel session II.b

Towards a stronger civil society space: avenues for self-empowerment, coalition and capacity building

Parallel session II.c

Sound and transparent information for an informed and pluralistic democratic debate: practical steps to ensure the support of the online world


Biographies Colloquium 2018

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Archived Streaming sessions

Europe : Plenary 26/11 and sessions I b and II b on 27/11

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Orange: sessions Ia and II a on 27/11

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26 November 2018, 14.00 - 27 November 2018, 14.30 (CET)

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