Session 3 – Democracy in Europe and beyond: what role for the EU?09:30-11:00
Session 4 – Research and Innovation: building a stronger democratic Europe11:15-12:45
09:30-11:00 Session 3 – Democracy in Europe and beyond: what role for the EU?
Democracy is a core principle of the EU: it has shaped its unique history and it guides the EU in its relations with the rest of the world. As a consequence, there are expectations towards the EU’s support of democracy and democratic institutions, in Europe and beyond. It is, then, no surprise that current challenges to the EU’s understanding of democracy will affect the future of the EU and how it relates to the world. In this sense, it is crucial to discuss what these challenges entail for EU’s understanding and support of democracy, and how this understanding and the EU’s role in the world will be affected by such events.
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Session 4 – Research and Innovation: building a stronger democratic Europe
Research and innovation play a key role in building a stronger, more democratic Europe. The knowledge and reflection R&I generates are crucial to inform and shape decision-making processes that will influence the future of democracies in Europe. Hence, it is crucial to discuss what we know so far about democracy and what knowledge will be needed in the future. This session will bring these questions to the forefront, while discussing how to build stronger bridges between research and policy-making and how to bring society to this process.
12:45-13:15 Closing Session