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Public hearing - Resilient Democracy - a strong and diverse civil society

6 February 2019, 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Room VMA 3, EESC building, Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels

Draft agenda

09:00 - 09:30 a.m.  Registration (and coffee)

09:30 - 09:55 a.m.  Opening remarks

  • Christian Moos, rapporteur, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • José Antonio Moreno Díaz, president, Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law, EESC
  • Keynote speech: Michal Boni, Member of the European Parliament

09:55 – 11:15 a.m.  Panel 1 and debate: The state of democracy in the EU – ingredients for resilient democracy

Moderator: Christian Moos (EESC)

  • Barbara Nolan, Head of Unit, Fundamental rights policy, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk, Director, National Freedom Institute Poland
  • Omri Preiss, EU Advocacy Officer, Frontline defenders/EU Liason Group
  • Birgit Van Hout, Regional representative for Europe, OHCHR

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Coffee break

11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.  Panel 2 and debate: the role of civil society organisations

Moderator: Madi Sharma, president of the study group (EESC)

  • Gaëlle Dusepulchre, Permanent Representative to the EU, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)
  • André Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary-General, European Women's Lobby
  • András Kádár, Co-chair, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  • Ken Godfrey, Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy

12:50 – 01:00 p.m. Closing remarks

  • Christian Moos (EESC)

Join the discussion online: #Democracy and #EESC_SOC

Participants can speak in English, French, Spanish, and Polish and listen to English, French and Spanish