Conference Conversations 4 – Democracy and the political ramifications of the Conference

What is the current state of democracy within the EU, and to what extent should the Union and its member states be concerned with deteriorating levels of democracy? Is the Conference a useful vehicle to discuss the larger challenges and issues facing Europe? What are the chances that the results of the Citizens’ Panels will lead to real change and reforms in the EU? Can the participative elements of the Conference influence the future of representative democracy? How vocal should the Union be as a promoter of democratic values and what influence can the Conference have on the current rule of law debate?

Conference Conversations (4) with Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council, President, European Policy Centre; Brigid Laffan, Emeritus Professor, European University Institute; Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies, European Policy Centre; Dominik Hierlemann, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Moderator: Jacki Davis, Meade Davis Communications