Parliament Innovations for Democracy Support

Parliament Innovations for Democracy Support


The Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group of the European Parliament (DEG) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are delighted to invite you to this Conference.

The conference, "Parliament Innovations for Democracy Support" aims to assess the various experiences in democratic innovations undertaken by parliaments in recent years. It seeks to explore the extent to which such tools can support parliamentary functions and strengthen the link to citizens, thereby enhancing the legitimacy of representative democracy. The conference will also delve into the concrete impact of these innovations on political systems and the institutional follow-up to the conclusions of these assemblies. Additionally, it will address the emergence of virtual participation forms and their impact on parliaments and draw some ideas for future reflection. 


All participants are kindly invited to register until 15-03-2024 via registration link:


Wednesday, 20 March 2024

09.15 - 9:30 Welcome Coffee

09:30-09:45 Introductory Remarks

  • Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel, Member of the European Parliament, Member of DEG
  • Kalvin Soiresse Njall, President, French Speaking Parliament of Brussels

09:45-10:15 Speech

  • Thijs Reuten , Member of the European Parliament

10:15 – 12:30 Session I: Democratic Innovations and Parliaments: Learning from Experience

  • Paulo Rangel, Member of the European Parliament
  • Thierry Beaudet, President of the Conseil économique, social et environnemental, France
  • Marjan H. Ehsassi, Executive Director, FIDE - North America
  • Jochen Guckes, Citizens’ Assemblies Project Team, German Bundestag
  • Stephen Boucher, Founder and CEO, Dreamocracy


14:30 – 16:30 Session II: Assessing the Real Impact of Citizens Assemblies

  • Jonathan Moskovic, Adviser to the President of the Brussels French-speaking Parliament
  • David Goessmann, Head of Unit, Open Governance, OECD
  • Eric Buge, Administrator, French National Assembly
  • Ieva Česnulaitytė, Founding Head of Research and Learning, DemocracyNext
  • Ben Herseels, Executive Director, G1000 


16:30 - 18:30 Walking Dinner

Thursday, 21 March 2024

9.15 - 9.30 Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 11:00 Session III. Digital Participation and the Future of Parliaments

  • Jonathan Murphy, Head of Programme, Interpares, Parliaments in Partnership
  • Ludovic Delepine, Head of Unit, Directorate for Innovation and Central Services
  • Alberto Fernández Gibaja, Senior Advisor, Digitalisation and Democracy, International IDEA
  • Alicia Combaz, Co-Founder and General Manager,
  • Paula Forteza, Former Member of the French National Assembly


11:00-12:30 Session IV. Citizens Assemblies as Tools for Democracy Support

  • Armelle Douaud, Director, Directorate for Democracy Support, DG EXPO, European Parliament
  • Member of Parliament of Montenegro
  • Member of Parliament of Kosovo
  • Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe
  • Jonnelle Naude, Founder and Chair, no-name-initiative, Systemic Dialogue for Inclusive Systemic Change


12:30- 13:00 Concluding Remarks and Next Steps

  • Pietro Ducci, Director General, Directorate General for External Policies, European Parliament
  • Carlos Santiso, Head of Division, Innovative, Digital and Open Governance, OECD


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