Secretary General, The European People's Party
Dean of the Department of Political Science, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli,
Executive Secretary General, Party of European Socialists
Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo; EU3D coordinator,
Associate Professor, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University,
Professor, ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
Secretary General, European Green Party
Secretary General ad interim, ALDE Party
Check in and lunch12:15-13:00
Session 1: Setting the scene: parliamentary debates13:00-13:45
- Chair: John Erik Fossum, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo; EU3D coordinator
- Sergio Fabbrini, Dean of the Department of Political Science, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli
- Magdalena Góra, Associate Professor, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University
- Christopher Lord, Professor, ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
A key concern of EU3D is to discuss the effects of EU differentiation. A key premise of EU3D is that some forms of differentiation are conducive to democratic resilience and some forms and constellations of EU differentiation may undermine democratic resilience. What are EU3D’s main findings in terms of democratic resilience?
Coffee & tea break13:45-14:00
Session 2: Discussion with political parties14:00-15:30
- Chair: Heather Grabbe, Non-resident fellow
- Thanasis Bakolas, Secretary General, The European People's Party
- Giacomo Filibeck, Executive Secretary General, Party of European Socialists
- Benedetta De Marte, Secretary General, European Green Party
- Didrik de Schaetzen, Secretary General ad interim, ALDE Party
Parliaments and political parties have long been considered key institutional mainstays of democracy, hence essential for democratic resilience in Europe. How does the European Parliament fit into this picture? Further, what impact may the European Parliamentary elections in 2024 have on democratic resilience? This applies to the EP’s anticipated role in entrenching the role of parliaments and parties across Europe. Further is the EP’s role in future democratic reform for the EU. Are the 2024 elections likely to have an impact on that? What does the EP and its parties think about new and experimental modes of democracy? The EP was a strong supporter of the CoFoE. What are citizens’ perceptions of the EP election? How do they see it as affecting EU legitimacy and Europe’s future development?
Representative democracies are facing an uncertain period characterized by technocratic, plebiscitarian, and authoritarian tendencies; with revolutions in social communication, digital technology, changes in the scale of governance, demographic changes, and new emergencies (climate, health, security) involving new risks and changing perceptions of risk. Do these challenges represent fundamental threats to democracy as a system of rule or do threats vary in severity across states and political systems? In addressing these questions, this final Policy Conference of the EU3D project will focus on democratic resilience because the challenges require special attention to the factors that sustain viable democracy.