Events

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World Forum for Democracy | Strasbourg, France, 2016 © European Endowment for Democracy

Have a look at our interactive calendar for upcoming events held at EED offices and held in collaboration with our partners.

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Past events

Through events and collaboration with partners, EED seeks to create synergies, promote its work and results - and that of its grantees - and offer a platform for enhancing visibility.  Take a look through our past events listings to find out more. 

  • DIFFERENCE DAY 2020 | World Press Freedom Day

    Lack of media freedom is still an issue in many parts of the world. The European Endowment for Democracy is partnering with Bozar, VUB and ULB for #DifferenceDay2020, an online event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, May 3rd at 5 pm.

    Click here for more info and here for the replay video. 

  • An evolving role for Civil Society within Tunisia’s new political reality?

    This year’s presidential and parliamentary elections have changed Tunisia’s political landscape with the election of a new political class and citizens have great expectations of this new government. 

    The 217-member Assembly of Representatives is now a mosaic of political parties, and this is likely to lead to significant challenges and deadlock. Party political priorities, particularly of the majority parties, remain unclear. The presidential campaign was particularly controversial.
    These

  • Ukraine: new players, old game? The role of civic activism and media

    Ukraine has entered a new political era since the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The recent parliamentary elections have meant that new faces have joined politics, including a number of civic activists. While reform is very much on the agenda, democratic accountability remains challenging. Civil society and the media are now reviewing their role within this new status-quo.

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  • The Riga Conference 2019

    The Rīga Conference has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event is organized jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO), the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. It facilitate debates at various levels, engaging high-level politicians, diplomats, experts, as well as local and international media. 

    Find the agenda for the 2019 edition of The Riga Conference

  • Boris Nemtzov Forum

    The Boris Nemtsov Forum is an independent platform for constructive EU-Russia dialogue. The Forum was launched in 2016 to facilitate discussions in order to enhance mutual understanding and foster strong relations between European and Russian thought leaders.

    Our goal is to bring together representatives of the new Russian generation and to introduce them to their Western colleagues in order to create a pro-European generation of future Russian leaders whose commitment and vision will lead to real change.

    The key idea of the Forum is the shared belief that Russia is a

  • Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy

    The Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy has been organized since 2012. It brings together civil society activists, academics and government representatives from around the world to discuss ways of promoting democracy. The conference is a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences in the area of consolidating democracy, strengthening democratic institutions, enhancing civil society and upholding human rights. Thus, each year it gives voice to human rights defenders from more than 30 countries and facilitates the exchange of local experiences and know-how.

    The 2019 edition will explore

  • 1st Regional Journalists Days

    The right to freedom of expression is largely declining in South-East Europe. Attacks against journalists are on the rise, followed by high impunity rates, non-transparent media financing, self-censorship and bad implementation of freedom of expression standards. Journalists and media workers are at the core of these trends and practices.

    In order to empower journalists to deal with increased number of challenges, Civil Rights Defenders is organising the 1 st Regional Journalists Days. The event is envisaged as an open space for discussing the challenges ahead for journalists,

  • International Democracy Day: 'No Democracy without Accountability' Conference

    The International Day of Democracy conference is an annual event that brings representatives from the international community together to share their experiences about protecting and building democracy worldwide.

    In 2019, the International Day of Democracy conference focuses on a key issue in contemporary democracy discussions: Accountability.

    Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association and a prominent Kenyan human rights activist, is the conference’s keynote speaker. Kiai has spent much of his career focused on

  • DW Global Media Forum: Shifting Power Back to Citizens

    Turkey and the Western Balkans may seem different, but in many respects the two regions are similar. In both cases, increasing authoritarian tendencies are exacerbating deep structural problems in society. Governments are showing increasing contempt for political rights, freedom of expression and freedom of association and are trying to control the media market. Journalists, editors and activists are struggling to conduct their work, often at high personal risk. At the same time, the rapidly changing media environment that follows global trends of digitalization has outstripped media

  • Difference Day 2019

    On 3 May 2019, the European Endowment for Democracy is co-organising Difference Day, a celebration of the UN World Press Freedom Day with VUB, UNESCO, BOZAR, ULB and other partners. The day, aimed at celebrating freedom of the press and freedom of expression, honoured journalists who have committed their lives to protecting and promoting these