Democracy and Politicisation in the Future of Europe

Hybrid event with limited seating capacity in compliance with the health measures in force in Brussels on the date of the event.

17/03/2022 – Citizens’ contributions to the Future of Europe

The Conference on the future citizens’ panels is the most recent addition to the repertoire of EU citizen participation mechanisms. While some praise the EU for adopting the most recent standard of citizen’s involvement in collective decision making, others argue that the methods remain very diverse, being this innovation unlikely to be institutionalised. In any event, hundreds of events are being organised across the EU and giving citizens opportunities to collectively think about the EU. This networking workshop will gather students, citizens, academics, civil society representatives and journalists to produce a citizens’ evaluation of the ongoing citizens’ assembly. This evaluation will build upon OpenEUDebate report for the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFE) on its deliberative activity by inviting participants to join our students and academics in a series of roundtable discussions (‘world cafés’). A representative from each table will report results to a panel of experts who will discuss the citizens’ reports and add their own expertise. OpenEUDebate will assemble the comments into a final report to be sent to all participants. 13.30 – 15.00 Evaluation of citizens’ participatory experiences in world cafés roundtables

15.00 – 17.00 Panel with experts on the COFE

Niccolò Milanese (European Alternatives)

Prof. Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford and European University Institute)

Corina Pirvulescu (European Youth Card Association)

Dr. Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul (Common Secretariat Conference Future of Europe)

Dr. Corina Stratulat (European Policy Centre)

17.00 Closing remarks on democracy in Europe by H.E. Petar Markovic Head of Mission of Montenegro to the European Union

18/03/2022 – Which EU politicisation in the 2020 decade?

10.00 – 12.00 Panel: which links between politicization and democracy in the EU?

More than conflict: choice expansion in a poststructuralist reading of EU politicization . Niels Gheyle (UCLouvain) & Thomas Jacobs (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles)

  • EU’s ‘Eastern Discontents’ – When ‘Top-down’ and ‘Bottom-up’ Politicisation collide – the case of Romania Dragoș Ioniță, (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest)
  • Evidences of EU politicisation in subnational executives: a research agenda – Andreu Teruel (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Conceptual disputes on the EU in the Catalan Independence movement – Antonio Álvarez García (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • The New EU Enlargement Methodology – Deepening Politicization in the EU-Western Balkans relations? Radu Rauta (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest)
  • Can we rule the economy? Limited democracy and the rise of authoritarianism– Alberto Sánchez González (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

12.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch

14.00 – 17.00 How much politicisation is helpful for the EU?

Dr. Simona Guerra (University of Surrey)

  • Prof. Niilo Kauppi (University of Helsinki)
  • Prof. Gary Marks (UNC Chapel Hill and European University Institute)
  • Prof. Hans-Jörg Trenz (Scuola Normale Superiore Firenze)
  • Prof. Claudia Wiesner (University of Fulda)

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