European Democracy Group

The European Democracy Group is joint initiative run by Carnegie Europe and the European Movement International, exploring ways to enhance European democracy, improve democratic processes, and strengthen citizen participation and civic space in Europe.

Starting in 2017, the project features a series of regular, small-scale discussions between analysts, civil society representatives, and policy-makers in Brussels, to tackle some of the most pressing questions regarding the future of European democracy. The meetings take place several times per year and engage a core group of around 20 to 25 experts. Each meeting features kick-off remarks from different guest speakers, followed by a debate between group members. The discussions are held under Chatham House Rule.

If you are interested in finding out more about the European Democracy Group, please contact Vanessa Cotterell.

Past meetings:

7, 15 and 20 October 2020: Three-part Civil Society Series organised in cooperation with Democracy Reporting International and the European Partnership for Democracy, discussing civil society’s role in the Conference on the Future of Europe, the European Democracy Action Plan and the Digital Services Act.

16 July 2020: The Future of European Democracy – with Daniel Braun, deputy head of European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová’s cabinet

22 January 2020: How can we get European democracy right?
Public event and report launch with Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica and Eva Maydell MEP

15-16 July 2019: Looking Ahead – A New Agenda for European Democracy

28 March 2019: The Future of Civic Participation in Europe

30 January 2019: Future Politics: How Digital Technology Will Transform European Democracy

17 October 2018: The EU’s Direct Democracy Dilemma

7 June 2018: Free Speech Under Attack – The Democracy Index 2017

1 March 2018: Improving European Democracy, from an EU Perspective

12 December 2017: Citizen Participation