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International Day of Democracy - Democracy in a changing world

28 September 2017

For the second year in a row, the European Parliament hosted a conference in celebration of the International Day of Democracy on 27 September, teaming up with four democracy support organisations: European Endowment for Democracy (EED), European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), and Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to the EU, as well as the European External Action Service and the European Commission.

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The event aimed to take stock of current trends and challenges, and analyse the needs and possibilities for reconnecting citizens and democratic institutions. More than 120 participants took part.

Director General of DG DEVCO of the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, opened the conference and underlined that democracy was essential to ensure long term peace as well as sustainable development while Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Christian Leffler, identified the disconnection between citizens and politicians as one of the major challenges for democracy.

Other topics discussed during the event included:

  • state of democracy today - trends and challenges;
  • how to bring the demos back into democracy;
  • democracy, media and the values of free speech.

Partnering organizations and the European Commission also showcased some relevant work during the week of the conference. The exhibition included political cartoons, photos and videos.


Relive the event visiting our photo gallery:

International Day of Democracy | Democracy in a Changing World

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