What makes for a healthy democracy?


European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels (Room ASP 3E2)

13:00 – 14:30

What makes for a healthy democracy?

The rise in populism and protectionism globally, including in Europe, are undermining democracy and the rule of law.

In the European Union, challenges to the independence of the judiciary and freedom of speech threaten the core EU values in Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union including democracy and the rule of law.

2019 is an important year for the EU with the departure of the United Kingdom, European Parliament elections and appointment of new European Commissioners. This high level event will bring together the most senior representatives from EU institutions and civil society to address the key elements of a healthy democracy and why it is important for citizens.

A series of short videos on the rule of law and its importance for citizens and for a democratic society will be shown

RSVP to anna@passerelle-pa.com


MEP Michal Boni

Keynote address

Mr Claude Moraes,
MEP, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament

Keynote address

Mr Frans Timmermans,
First Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the rule of law


Dr Mark Ellis ,
Executive Director of the IBA


Martin Solc,
IBA President

Emmanuel Crabit,
Director at DG JUST responsible for Fundamental rights and the rule of law

Philip Bittner,
Head of the Legal Department, Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU

Matjaz Gruden,
Director of Democratic Participation, Council of Europe

Professor Wojciech Sadurski,
Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney

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