Launch of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy

Launch of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy


There is increasing demand from the European Commission, EU institutions and countries for capacity to support participatory and deliberative projects and policies. The new Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy aims to meet this demand by providing concrete support to European institutions’ initiatives, as well as to the variety of participatory and deliberative activities and projects across the EU. More specifically, it builds capacity on citizen engagement in policy making by providing services, guidance and tools to support the development of socially robust policy through participatory and deliberative practices across different levels of governance in the EU. The Competence Centre is a tangible contribution to the Commission’s priority 6: New push for European Democracy, and supports cross-cutting policy initiatives including the European Democracy Action Plan, the Conference on the Future of Europe and EU Missions.

You can watch the event via LIVESTREAM.


6 October 2021

The event will start at 09:45 CET and will take place as follows:

09:45 | Introduction to the Competence Centre

10.00 | How will the European Democracy Action Plan support participatory and deliberative democracy in the EU?
Věra Jourová - Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

10:15 | What can participatory and deliberative democracy bring to research and innovation, education and culture policy?
Mariya Gabriel - Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

10:20 | What are the main obstacles to mainstreaming participatory and deliberative democracy at EU level, and how can the Competence Centre help?
Roundtable hosted by Stephen Quest, Director-General DG JRC

  • Helmut Scholz - MEP, Member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
  • Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen, Director-General DG COMM
  • Dominik Hierlemann, Bertelsmann Stiftung

10:50 | Short coffee break

10:55 | Overview of Competence Centre’s tools and resources

11:05 | What can we learn from participatory and deliberative democracy in Europe's regions, and how can the European Commission help?
Roundtable hosted by Claudia Chwalisz, OECD

  • Mark Speich, Chair of the CIVEX Commission of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Marc Lemaître - Director-General DG REGIO
  • Arantxa Mendiharat, Deliberativa

11:35 | Competence Centre project showcase

11:45 | How can we give continuity to participatory and deliberative models of citizen engagement in the EU?
Dubravka Šuica - Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission

11:50 | End

12:00 | Networking session


Online Event

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