Thinking Outside the Ballot Box: Democracy and the EU

This event happened on 8th February 2019

European Democracy is at a critical juncture. Diminishing faith in government, rising populism, increasing constraints on civil society and democratic participation, and flouting of the rule-of-law are just some of the worrying trends we are seeing across the continent. In response to this challenging environment, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Think Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) are hosing the conference, 'Thinking Outside the Ballot Box' on Feburary 8. This event will bring leading democracy advocates from across Europe to address these growing challenges. We invite you to register below. 


Conference Agenda:


Registration of participants and light breakfast


Introductory remarks: 

Ernst Stetter, FEPS Secretary General


Keynote Address

Keynote introductionMike Jennings, TASC Board Chair

Keynote speaker: Tom Arnold, Former Director General of IIEA, Ireland

Respondent: Eamon Ryan, Green Party TD, Ireland



Coffee Break



Fishbowl I: Local Democracy


Marcin Gerwin, Co-Founder, Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa, Poland

Moritz Fischer, PhD Candidate, University of Tubingen, Germany

Kaela Scott, Head of Democratic Innovation, Involve, UK

Alex Marini, Founder, Più Democrazia Trentino, Italy

Yves Dejaeghere, Organizer, G1000, Belgium

Kader Sevinc, Founder, Democracy 4.0, Belgium

Katica Janeva, Project Coordinator, European Association for Local Democracy, Macedonia

Siobhán O’Donoghue, Director, Uplift, Ireland

Charlotte Billingham, Senior Executive Advisor, FEPS

Moderator: Maria Freitas, FEPS Senior Policy Advisor



Conference Lunch



Fishbowl II: Restoring Confidence in Representative Democracy

Neal Lawson, Chair, Compass, UK

Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy, UK

Daniel Oppold, Advisor, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany

Ken Godfrey, Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy, Belgium

Craig Dwyer, Co-Founder, Transparent Referendum Initiative, Ireland

Veronica Stefan, President, Social Doers, Romania

Natasa Vuckovic, Secretary General, Center for Democracy Foundation, Serbia

Berta Barbet Porta, Fundacion Alternativas

Ivan Doherty, Senior Associate, National Democratic Institute, United States 

Moderator: Rob Sweeney, FEPS-TASC Researcher, TASC



Coffee Break           




Trends in institutional trust across the EU:

Findings from the European Quality of Life Survey 2007-2016


Tadas Leončikas, Senior Research Manager, Eurofound



Panel Discussion: Building Democratic Structures in the EU


Anthony Barnett, Co-Founder, Open Democracy

David Thunder, Researcher, University of Navarra, Spain

Tadej Beocanin, Mayor, Municipality Ajdovscina, Slovenia

Bastian Kenn, Research Associate, European Democracy Lab

Clodagh Harris, Head, Department of Govt. & Politics, University College Cork, Ireland

Sacha Garben, Professor of Law, College of Europe, Belgium

Paul Gavan, Sinn Fein Senator, Ireland

Malisa Zobel,Program Director, MIDI, Humboldt-Viadrina, Germany               

Moderator: Jane Suiter, Organizer, The Ireland Citizens’ Assembly



Closing Remarks:

Clodagh Harris, Head, Department of Govt. & Politics, University College Cork, Ireland

Mike Jennings, TASC Board Chair


Please Note: The conference fee includes all coffee/tea breaks and a full conference lunch at the Hilton Dublin.

Parking:Self parking: 15.00 € (overnight for guests)Valet: Not Available

Click HERE to register


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