Democracy Alive: The Brussels Summit

Democracy Alive: The Brussels Summit


It is a critical time for democracy in Europe and the world as a whole. Seventy-five years ago, the Congress of Europe in The Hague laid the foundation for restoring long-lasting peace and democracy on our continent. Today, we find ourselves facing a new set of challenges that threaten to undermine the progress made so far: the rise of authoritarianism, of far-right leaders and the erosion of common democratic values in many countries, both within the EU and beyond. Furthermore, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to stem its path towards democracy and European integration, accentuates the assault upon liberal democracies we are witnessing across the world.

Democracy Alive: The Brussels Summit is organized by the European Movement International with the aim to gather political leaders, policymakers, academics, social partners, NGOs, and organized civil society to discuss the state of democracy in Europe and strategize how to best counter the threats faced by the EU. It is an opportunity for us to share our thoughts and ideas on how to strengthen democracy and uphold its principles.

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6th June 2023

09:30 – 10.00 | Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:15 | Opening remarks

10:15 – 11:30 | Enemy at the gates: building an alliance to defend democracy

11:30 – 11:45 | Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 | Countering threats: The rise of authoritarianism in Europe and beyond

13:15 – 14:00 | Networking lunch

14:00 – 14:30 | Keynote followed by a Q&A with Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

14:30 – 16:00 | The assault on truth: Disinformation and the narrative war

16:00 – 16:15 | Coffee break

16:15 – 17:45 | Looking ahead: what the European Union needs to do to strengthen democracy

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