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Civil society in turbulent times – New solutions in the EU inspired by the lessons from the past

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Date and time

Tuesday 24. November 2020 at 14:15 to 17:00

Registration Deadline

Tuesday 24. November 2020 at 09:00

Location

Online, https://zoom.us/, Nyt Europa Danmark Online
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Civil society in turbulent times – New solutions in the EU inspired by the lessons from the past

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Event Description

On behalf of the partnership of History of Optimism we kindly invite you to the conference: “Civil society in turbulent times – New solutions in the EU inspired by the lessons from the past”. It takes place on November 24th from 14:00-17:00 online.

History of optimism?

In the times of the fall of communism in Central-Eastern Europe in 1989, marked by the Round Table peaceful opposition and government talks in Poland and the fall of the Berlin wall, a wave of optimism swept through Europe as democracy took is stronghold and civil society showed its strength in our corner of the world. This led to the admission of several former Communist bloc countries to the European Union in 2004 and 2007. But in the last decade the rights many of us took for granted has slowly and sometimes brutally been eroded to a point where parts of EU are considered to be no longer able to comply with a number of the rule of law requirements. In result,

they cannot be said to live up to the democratic values of the Union.

 

The Covid-19 crisis has only enhanced said crisis with reports of suppressions and harassment of civil society agents and activists in several countries in the EU. Moreover, countries like Poland or Hungary are further being criticized by the EU institutions for trying to control and intimidate the judicial system, but continuously ignore this critic from the international community.

The conference

The conference is part of a series of initiatives with the aim to mobilize established civil society in the fight against current challenges. During this conferences the partners of the “History of Optimism” project invites scholars, CSO’s, decision-makers and representatives of the EU institutions to partake in a dialog in three segments: Lessons learnt on the democratic transformation and civic engagement in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE); A current assessment of the state of rule of law and democracy in Europe; and finally a debate on how to support civil society as democracy champions going forward with Rule of Law initiatives.

We hope this event will meet with your interest. Please contact us for more information.

Filip Pazderski, Head of the Democracy and Civil Society Programme at Institute of Public Affairs - filip.pazderski@isp.org.pl

Julie Rosenkilde, Director of Nyt Europa – jr@nyteuropa.dk



Civil society in turbulent times

- New solutions in the EU inspired by the lessons from the past

Tuesday 24th

Program

Speakers

14:15

Introduction to the day and format

The Institute of Public Affairs Foundation (ISP)

14:20





14:35

Key Note (s)

The divided history of our European democracy

The legacy of the 1989 democratic transformation. How to support civil society in Europe now and lessons learnt from how democracy was supported before EU 2004 and 2007 enlargement.

Conversation between Dr Heather Grabbe and Dr Jacek Kucharczyk, President of the Institute of Public Affairs

Dr Heather Grabbe, Director of Open Society Foundation, European Policy Institute

 

Panel 1:

The current challenges for rule of law and civil society in Poland and Europe

Moderator:

Karolina Zbytniewska, Editor in-Chief, Euractive.PL

15:00

What is the state of rule of law and the civic space in Poland and Europe?

Civil society – How do they adjust and struggle to the current situation?  

What do the findings from the latest Global State of Democracy Report tell us?

Is fundamental rights under pressure in Europe?

Dr hab. Adam Bodnar, Polish Ombudsman

Dr Klementyna Suchanow, Polish Women Strike

Sam van der Staak, Head of Programme, Regional Europe, IDEA

Louise Holck, Danish institute for human rights

 

Panel 2:

How to support civil society as champions of democracy now

Moderator

Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe, Editor In-Chief Strategic Europe

16:00

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17:00

What can be done on a bilateral level to support civil societies and strengthen civic space in the EU?

What solution can be offered on an European and civil society-to-civil society level? 

What kind of  support to civil society as democracy champions can be recommended from the CSO and institutional perspective?

The EU Rule of law report and other rule of law evaluation mechanisms - how will it be used and how will the civil society be involved? 

Reflections on funding of the civil society

Dr Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Poland

Stina Soewarta, head of representation of the EU-Commission to DK

Louisa Slavkova, Director of Sofia Platform Foundation, Co-head of Civic Europe

Roy Virah-Sawmy, Network of European Foundations, Programme Officer – Civitates

 

Organizer Contact Information

Nyt Europa
Phone: +45 +4531419674
lea@nyteuropa.dk

Organizer Contact Information

Nyt Europa
Phone: +45 +4531419674
lea@nyteuropa.dk