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.
Bjørn Hvinden, Director, Centre for Welfare and Labour Research
Balász Dénes, Director, Civil Liberties Union for Europe
Maria Raquel Freire, Associate Professor, International Relations School of Economics University of Coimbra
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.
Fiorella Battaglia, Professor, Philosophy and Political Theory Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
Ramón Flecha, Professor, Sociology, University of Barcelona
Milena Žic-Fuchs, Member High Level Group on Maximising Impact of EU R&I Programmes
12:45-13:15 Closing Session
13:15-14:30 Networking Lunch