5th Online Democracy Reform Conversation

In the fifth edition of Democracy Reform Conversations, the speakers discussed the political and institutional obstacles to citizen-led EU reform. Members of the European Parliament Sandro Gozi, Associate Director and Head of the European Politics and Institutions Programme at EPC Dr. Corina Stratulat, Director of Studies at EPC Janis Emmanouilidis, and Project Manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung Andrey Demidov explored what prevents the EU from taking citizen participation seriously, despite all the achievements and evidence. They also addressed how citizens can contribute to EU democracy and governance reform and why their engagement could be the key to overcoming the ‘polycrisis’ facing the EU. Additionally, they discussed the potential roadmap for citizen-led EU reform and proposed new participatory instruments that the EU could implement.

Democracy Conversations (5) with Sandro Gozi, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group; Janis Emmanouilidis, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Studies, European Policy Centre; Corina Stratulat, Associate Director & Head of the European Politics and Institutions Programme, European Policy Centre; Andrey Demidov, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Moderator: Jacki Davis, Meade Communications

This was the fifth online event of the EU Democracy Reform Observatory’s “Democracy Reform Conversations”. The EU Democracy Reform Observatory is a joint initiative of Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Policy Centre, King Baudouin Foundation, and Stiftung Mercator, to foster debate on modernising European democracy.