Workshop 7: Elections 2024: debating EU outside the capitals and the key role of organised civil society

2 March 2023 - 16.00 – 17.30 • Room JDE 62

  • Organised by: The Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), in cooperation with the EESC Section for Economic and Monetary Union (ECO) and EESC members
  • Moderated by: Dr. Nana Walzer, Journalist, University Lecturer, Chairwoman of europe:united.   

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  • 16:00 Welcome
    • Anna ECHTERHOFF, Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists (UEF)
  • 16:05 Introduction & sharing best practices 
    • Daniel GERER, Member of the Executive Bureau of Union of European Federalists (UEF), Head of Europe Direct, Vienna
  • 16:20 Interactive panel discussion
    • Alexis LEBRAT, Secretary General of LEADER France 
    • Sandro GOZI, MEP (Renew), President of the Union of European Federalists and President of the Spinelli Group
    • Katrina LEITANE, Member of the EESC Civil Society Organisations’ Group, Representative of the National Youth Council of Latvia
    • Richard KÜHNEL, Director, Representation & Communication in Member States, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission (tbc)
    • Oliver RÖPKE, President of the EESC Workers’ Group, Advisory member of the Federal Board of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), Head of EU Affairs at the ÖGB, 
    • Q&A
  • 17:20 Closing Remarks
    • Antonella VALMORBIDA, Secretary General of ALDA, Rapporteur of the Workshop
  • 17:30 End of the Workshop

Concept note:

In recent years we could notice a growing distrust of citizens towards politicians and democratic institutions as well as the rise of nationalisms.

In Brussels we can observe that, despite the increasing number of challenges the European Union and its members have been able to make unprecedented moves towards efficient mechanisms to address these challenges.

With the upcoming EU elections in 2024, another page of European history will be written and it is time to underline the key role civil society organisations in their diversity play. The Union of European Federalists (UEF), ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy and the members of the liaison group intend to debate how to reduce the gap between what we observe in the institutions and the perception of EU institutions in the different regions of the European Union.

We will discuss how to engage with citizens, how to speak about the EU and how to listen to people and adapt to the quickly evolving environment to remain a relevant actor of European democratic live.

How can we succeed in convincing citizens outside the political circles of the added value and necessity of the European integration and the European values? The information offer about the European Union is large and varied. How can it be better used? How can a greater impact be achieved through better cooperation between all actors? These are the questions we want to discuss in our Workshop.

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