Optional Pre-Tour

Global Forum 2024

EUROPULS - Centre of European Expertise

EUROPULS - Centre of European Expertise is a non-governmental organization founded in 2010 by Romanian professionals in EU affairs with the objective to promote the European integration process in Romania. EUROPULS aims to encourage public debates on European issues and raise awareness about European values and policies through articles and studies, as well as through the organization of public debates, workshops and conferences.

This year marks the 12th edition of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, and it promises to be an insightful and impactful event where we focus on the crucial theme of trust – in institutions, media, decision-makers and among citizens. The 12th edition of EUROSFAT - the EU track of the Global Forum - aims to provide the framework to assess Romania as a hub for discussion at the global level and more importantly for the future of the European Union, Romania's development as an active actor in the EU, both internally, as well as across the borders. We want to double our efforts in tackling euroscepticism by bringing together speakers, academics, decision-makers at the EU level from different countries in order to exchange views, and initiatives in order to be able to promote the EU values.
Every year, starting from 2013, Eurosfat marks that pivotal moment when Europe, in all its forms, becomes the most important topic on Romania's agenda. We intend to continue our mission of bringing the European Union closer to Romanian citizens, especially in these challenging times.

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Permanent Partner

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Patronage

The forum represents, year after year, a model of success in connecting the citizens of Romania with the European agenda, being a forum for debates between decision-makers at the European, national and local level, civil society, journalists, the business environment and the academic environment.

EUROSFAT 2024

  • Global Forum on Direct Democracy: This year marks the 12th edition of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, focusing on the theme of trust in institutions, media, and among citizens. The event promises insightful discussions and impactful solutions.

  • EUROSFAT - EU Track: EUROSFAT's 12th edition assesses Romania's role in the EU and as a global discussion hub. It aims to combat euroscepticism by bringing together EU-level speakers, academics, and decision-makers to promote EU values and initiatives effectively.

Optional Pre-Tour

May 13 - 15
Please select the day

MONDAY 13th May 2024

Afternoon

15:00

15:00 - 18:00

History tour

Tour route:

1. Revolution Square
- Kretulescu Church - as a symbol of the Phanariot period, one of the oldest buildings in
Bucharest;
- The National Museum of Romanian Art, the site of the former Palace of Al. I. Cuza and Carol
I, Royal Palace in the Kingdom Period;
- Romanian Athenaeum - symbol of Western influences in architecture;
- MAI Palace - as the former Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party, together
with Revolution Square, the place where the 1989 Revolution broke out;

2. Calea Victoriei
- Grand Hotel Continental
- Hotel Novotel - former National Theatre
- Palace of Telephones
- Flag Square: Military Circle, Casa Capșa Hotel, Grand Hotel du Boulevard

3. University Square
- About the 1989 Revolution: Baricada, Studențiada and Mineriada
- University of Bucharest
- Statues at the University

Meeting point:
Kretulescu Church (Calea Victoriei 45)
Contact Person:
Francesca at +40 763 888 815
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TUESDAY 14th May 2024

Morning

10:00

10:00 - 16:00

History tour

Where is Ploiesti?
Ploiești is a city and county seat in Prahova County, Romania. Part of the historical region of
Muntenia, it is located 56 km north of Bucharest.
In the mid-19th century the region of Ploiești became one of the world's leading oil-extraction
and -refinery sites.
The Mehedințeanu brothers opened the world's first large refinery in Ploiești in 1856–1857.
History also remembers the city as the site of the self-styled Republic of Ploiești, a short-lived
1870 revolt against the Romanian monarchy.
During World War I, Ploiești's oil production made it a target when the Central Powers invaded
Romania in 1916, a British Army operation commanded by Colonel John Griffiths destroyed
production and sabotaged much of the infrastructure of the industry.

How do we get there?
By train! The ride takes about 40 min-1 hour. The tickets can be bought digitally from this
website. One ride is 24 RON so the road from Bucharest to Ploiesti and from Ploiesti to
Bucharest is 48 RON (equivalent to 10 EUR).

Where do we meet? 
The North Trainstation in Bucharest (Piața Gării de Nord 1).
What will you do?
  • Together with the young team of Ploiesti you will visit the city.
  • You will visit the Clock Museum which is unique in Europe. The entrance ticket is 12
RON which is the equivalent of 2.5 EUR.
  • You will visit the youth centre made by young people for young people
  • Lunch location TBA
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FRIDAY 15th May 2024

Morning

10:00

10:30 - 12:00

Study visit to EFdeN! - Come and discover the solar houses made by young students

En-ROADS is a global climate simulator that allows users to explore the impact that dozens
of policies—such as electrifying transport, pricing carbon, and improving agricultural
practices—have on hundreds of factors like energy prices, temperature, air quality, and sea
level rise.
En-ROADS helps people make connections between things they care about and the
possibilities available to help ensure a resilient future. Users can quickly see the long-term
effects of the global climate policies and actions they imagine. The goal? To break through
the noise and equip elected officials, business leaders, and others with the knowledge they
need to implement equitable and high-leverage climate solutions.

Where and When do we meet?
Bucharest, Boulevard Pache Protopopescu no. 66. Activities will take place on May 15
between 10:30-12:00. We’d request to meet up before, at 10:00.
Google Maps Link

Study visit coordinators - get in touch with us if needed:
Mihai Theodor Eugeniu: +40732373796
Marin Elena Miruna: +40763631267
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Global Forum On Modern Direct Democracy

EUROSFAT - GLOBAL EDITION

May 15 - 18

WEDNESDAY 15th May 2024

Afternoon

13:15

14:00

14:00 - 15:00

Welcoming remarks

 This year marks the 12th edition of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, and it promises to be an insightful and impactful event where we focus on the crucial theme of trust– in institutions, media, decision-makers and among citizens. The 12th edition of EUROSFAT- the EU track of the Global
Forum - aims to provide the framework to assess Romania as a hub for discussion at the global level and more importantly for the future of the European Union, Romania's development as an active actor in the EU, both internally, as well as across the borders.

We will hear the reasons why Bucharest will be the hub of Democracy for 3 days and impressions from the previous cities that hosted the Forum

Speakers

Tana Foarfa
Global Forum Co-chair
Caroline Vernaillen
Global Forum Co-chair
Diana Pungă
Public Administrator, City Hall of Bucharest
Marian Preda
Rector of the University of Bucharest

A word from previous Global Forum cities

Roberto Heycher Cardiel Soto
Mexico City
Adrian Schmid
Swiss Democracy Foundation, Former President of the Parliament of the City of
Lucerne, Switzerland
Riccardo Fraccaro
Former Minister for Direct Democracy, Rome, Italy
Professor Da-Chi Liao
 Acting President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Video message)

Moderators

Bruno Kaufmann
Co-founder Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
Joe Mathews
Co-founder Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
15:00

15:00 - 16:30

Opening discussion - Democracy around the world

We will have the opportunity to listen to high-level ambassadors who will share their thoughts on the level of democracy across the world and we will invite them to share their lessons and ideas about the state of democracy, the dangers and the challenges of this massive electoral year.

Speakers

H.E. Diana Reaich
Ambassador to Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Moldova and Romania, and Deputy
Head of Mission to the European Union
 H.E.Ihor Prokopchuk
Ambassador of Ukraine to Romania
 H.E.Massimo Baggi
Ambassador of Switzerland in Romania
Keynote speakers will also have the opportunity to interact and share their thoughts
Victoria Stoiciu
State Counsellor on Civil Society, Cabinet of Prime Minister, Government of Romania
Mădălina Mihalache
Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Romania
Mara Roman
 Interim Head of the Commission Representation in Romania
Ivan Vejvoda
Permanent Fellow and Head of Europe’s Futures Program at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Member of the Advisory Board of the Erste Foundation, Member of the Serbian PEN Club.
Key figure in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1990s, and is widely published on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and post-war reconstruction in the Balkans.
Luciana Ghica
Professor, University of Bucharest
Tetiana Drakokhrust
Doctor of the Science of Law, Associate Professor, Professor at the Theory of Law and Constitutionalism department West Ukrainian National University (Ukraine)
Olexiy Haran
National University of Kiev, Ukraine (video message/intervention)
Angela Grămadă
President, ESGA
Bruno Kaufmann
Direct democracy as a tool against democratic backsliding

Moderator

Tana Foarfă
Executive Director, Europuls
16:30

18:00

18:00

Open Networking Session - Maison des Crepes Romana

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THURSDAY 16th May 2024

Morning

09:30

09:30 - 09:45

Welcoming remarks

Tana Foarfă
Global Forum Co-Chair
Caroline Vernaillen
Global Forum Co-Chair
Anca Păduraru
Political Rapporteur, Interim Head of the Political Department, Representation of the European Commission in Romania
09:45

09:45 - 09:55

Keynote by Dragoș Anastasiu

Dragoș Anastasiu
President, Rethink Romania
09:55

09:55 - 10:05

Keynote “Citizen assemblies: how their work fosters active citizenship and social cohesion”

Marjan Ehsassi
Executive Director, FIDE - North America; Berggruen Institute
10:05

10:05 - 10:15

Keynote by Lucian Mîndruță

Lucian Mîndruță
Journalist
10:15

10:15 - 10:50

Plenary: Fireside chat: Cohesion and Regional Development

Cohesion policy helps regions meet their objectives. It complements the cosystem on fields such as: education, employment, energy, environment, the single market, research and innovation.

Throughout the projects financed by the Cohesion Policy financed in the regions and cities, we can mention: “A European Green Deal”, “A Europe fit for the digital age”, “An economy that works for the people”.

How can we more effectively develop regions?
How did we evolve?
Where will we be standing?

Speakers

Corina Crețu
Former European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
Ovidiu Cîmpean
Secretary of State, Ministry of European Investments and Projects

Moderator

Francesca Cristea
Head of Policy & Programs, Europuls

10:50 - 11:15 - Coffee Break

11:15

11:15 - 11:30

Keynote ”The success trilogy: Trust, respect and lifelong learning”

In business as in society, one of the biggest challenges is building trust. Join Marius Stefan,
the founder of Autonom, as he explains the role of trust and respect, participation and
empowerment in building one of the most successful and admired companies in Romania -
and what we can learn from it.

Speakers

Marius Ștefan
Autonom Group Romania 
11:30

11:15 - 11:40

Keynote “The path towards Democracy: Unveiling the wounds of Communism”

Speakers

Adelina-Liana Țînțariu
Former coordinator of the Memorial of the former communist penitentiary from Râmnicu Sărat, Romania
11:40

11:40 - 13:00

Plenary Session: “Democracy as a mission, technology as a means - contemporary journalism around the world”

The plenary session aims to gather representatives of civil society and journalists in order to build upon defending democracy through quality journalism.

Speakers

Joe Mathews
Renovating Democracy Fellow, Berggruen Institute, USA
Vitalie Cojocari
Journalist, Euronews Romania
Petru Macovei
Executive Director, Association of Independent Press Republic of Moldova
Cristina Lupu
Executive Director, Independent Journalism Center
Teodor Tiță
Co-founder, Gen.știri

Moderator

Raimar Wagner
Project Director, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Romania

Lunch Break: 13:30-14:30

THURSDAY 16th May 2024

Afternoon

14:30

14:30 - 15:00

Session 1: Fireside chat: “Future of energy in the Black Sea Region”

The plenary session aims to be a constructive dialogue between the representatives of the Government of Romania and of the Republic of Moldova in order to shape the best suitable strategy to ensure clean energy in the Black Sea Region and to strengthen security and partnerships between stakeholders.

Speakers

Silvia Vlăscean
Director executiv, HENRO
Corneliu Cotet
Affiliated expert, Europuls
Florin Gheorghe
Director General, General Directorate for Electricity and Natural Gas Markets, Efficiency and Risks, Ministry of Energy

14:30 - 16:00

Session: Academic spotlight: “Constitution and direct democracy: the role of popular participation in constitution-writing”

The panel centres on popular participation in constitutional transformations, with a specific focus on the referendum, exploring its role as a tool for expressing popular sovereignty and its dual nature as both a means of popular engagement and a potential plebiscite. The panel, delving into specific cases, will examine if and how the referendum process reflects popular will and can impact constitutional changes, exploring also the dynamics characterizing this interaction. The discussion will provide insights into the complexities of the relationship between civic participation and the shaping of new constitutional frameworks.

Speakers

Lorenzo Spadacini
Associate Professor, University of Brescia
Riccardo Fraccaro
Former Italian Minister for Direct Democracy, Italy 
Ivan Sergio Kucharsky Villarreal
 Electoral Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, Bolivia
Daniele Casanova
Tenured Assistant Professor, University of Brescia

Moderator

Marco Podetta
Tenured Assistant Professor
of Public Law, PhD, University of Brescia, Italy

14:30 - 16:00

Session: Academic spotlight: “Understanding trust and democracy through comparative historical analysis”

Trust is the actual measure of "normalcy" in a functional and legitimate liberal democracy. Trust in human rights, in the rule of law, and in a reasonable participative, tolerant, inclusive, civic attitude is compulsory in a democracy. Trust in the role of press and social networks as well as in citizens for fulfilling the role of safeguards for democracy is paramount, too. But here comes also the role of distrust: first, perfect trust is unrealistic and, second, civic action is based on a healthy distrust of the government and public authorities, which becomes evident through civic initiatives that play a positive critical role. Trust and distrust are important referential points on the political democratic continuum in democratic societies. Trust is either gradually gained with persistence and democratic consistency, during a lengthy process, or lost, spectacularly, quite quickly, on the occasion of catastrophic failures in managing some situations, or in failing to make the necessary decisions at the right time. The democratic relationship that the citizen has with the authorities, institutions and the others (for a functional "we, the people") is based on trust, closely related not only to the efficiency and functionality of the relationship (to the authorities, institutions and the others), but also to the positive feeling of a well-placed investment (here, of trust), if things unfold, in a reasonable, efficient and predictable manner, according to the rules, and in the interest of the citizen.

Case studies from Taiwan, China, Nepal, Romania and Belgium 

Other panelist

Carlos Chavez Becker
UNAM, Mexico
Henrieta Serban
Researche, Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations, Ion I.C. Brătianu Romanian Academy, Romania)
Erwin Mayer
Mehr Demokratie, Austria

Moderator

Viorella Manolache
Senior Scientific Researcher, PhD, ISPRI, interested in contemporary political philosophy, Romania

14:30 - 16:00

Session 4: Bootcamp: “Digital innovation: how can it serve democracy campaigns?”

Electoral periods are becoming more conducive to polarization, exacerbated by the use of new technologies (AI, algorithms, etc.) by malicious actors. However, technological innovations can also provide solutions and revitalize democracy, making it more resilient and fostering positive dialogues among citizens. In this bootcamp, we will explore two examples of innovative digital campaigns recently conducted in Europe and engage with participants on the possibility of using them in the future.

Bootcamp organiser

Alexis Prokopiev
Director of Governance & Democratic Innovation, Make.org, Belgium

Speakers

Simon Strohmenger
Director Consul Democracy Foundation, Mehr Demokratie
Julia Thomaschki
Consul Comunity Coordinator, Mehr Demokratie
Saha Balaganesh
Network Engagement Lead, Democratic Society
Madalin Blidaru
Romania, Chair, JEF Romania / FC Member JEF Europe

14:30 - 16:00

Session 5: Roundtable: “Storytelling: Democracy activism in non-democratic contexts”

This workshop delves into the strategies and challenges of democracy activism within non-democratic environments. Participants will explore tactics for advocating democratic principles while navigating restrictive political landscapes. Through discussions and case studies, attendees will gain insights into effective methods for promoting democratic ideals and fostering civic engagement in challenging contexts.

Speakers

Vanessa Borrego
ArchipielagoMCR, Spain
Sam Serey
President for Cambodia in exile, Khmer National Government, Denmark
Ileana Marin
Democracy around the Globe, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, U.S.A
Andrei Lutenco
Executive Director, Center for Policies and Reforms

Moderator

Caroline Vernaillen
 Co-chair Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, Democracy International, Belgium

14:30 - 16:00

Session 7: Roundtable: “Youth in the EU”

This roundtable aims to explore how the European Union can better engage young people in the decision making processes on the topics that affect the future generations directly, such as the sustainable development policies of the Union and the environmental issues, but also focusing on how this engagement can sustain and support projects and actions in rural areas in Europe.

Speakers

Gabriel Brezoiu
General Manager and Head of Sustainability, Asociatia GEYC, Romania
Marc Paul 
President, Cluj Youth Federation
Madeleina Kay
United Kingdom, Young European of the Year in 2018 and
the Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2020, Communications Consultant for the
YEUF project.

Moderator

Davide Emanuele Iannace
 Sapienza, University of Rome / CNR - IRCrES;
Give Back Giovanni Aree Interne

14:30 - 16:00

Session 8: Workshop: “Commonalities and differences in democratic evolution in Central and Eastern Europe”

The comparative panel will focus on the question whether it is still possible to talk about East central Europe as a meaningful unit of analysis when discussing the developments of democratization and de-democratization more than three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The aim of this panel is to think through a number of key questions (civil society mobilization, liberal and anti-liberal economic models and policies, the interplay of political and economic elites, nationalist and populist ideological mobilization) across the region, taking into account the specificities of national contexts but also aiming to create a more synthetic transnational image of the complex dynamics of the last three decades.

Speakers

Marton Gerö
 Centre for Social Science Research, Hungary
Silvia Marton
Associate professor, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest
Andrzej Jackiewicz
 University of Bialystok, Poland

Moderator

Balazs Trencsenyi
Democracy in History Work Group in DI. Elected member of Academia Europaea

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Direct Democracy 101: learning from scratch

In Direct Democracy 101 workshop we will start with introducing direct democracy tools, their classification and the factors that influence the use of the tools. We will talk about what is direct democracy and what isn't, and exchange the direct democracy experiences in different places of the world. We will also be discussing the possible roles that direct democracy can play in a peacebuilding process.

Workshop organiser

Anna Proskurina
Academic Project and Communication Officer, Democracy International
Kim Graves
PhD, Catholic University Lille, Germany

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15

16:15 - 17:15

Session: “Media Business models in times of social media”

The speakers will explore key media business models: subscription-based, advertising-driven, and hybrid approaches. Additionally, the panelists will discuss with Antonio Momoc (FJSC) about the civic efforts to finance independent journalism amidst the rise of digital platforms, emphasizing sustainability and integrity in media.

Speakers

Arina Ureche
General Director, BRAT
Dragos Stanca
Founder, The Ethical Media Alliance
Cristi Pantazzi
Editor-in-chief, G4 Media

Moderator

Antonio Momoc
PhD., Romania, University of  Bucharest, Dean of Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences 2020-2024

16:15 - 17:15

Session 10: Roundtable: “Between invisibility and participation: the role of women for peace”

The plenary session aims to emphasize the role of women in maintaining peace and security in the region and to show the concrete examples within the international community.

Speakers

Liliana Palihovici
 Institutum Virtutes Civilis, Moldova
Nataliya Melnyk
Executive Director Bendukidze Free Market Center, Ukraine
Ioana Abaseaca
”Women in Politics” Initiative
Jung-Ok Lee
former Minister for Gender Equality and Family, Korea
Itzel Riba
 Citizen Participation expert, Mexico

16:15 - 17:15

Session 12: “From spectators to architects? Succeses and challenges of participatory budgeting in Romanian cities”

Explore the transformative effect of participatory budgeting in four Romanian municipalities in a dynamic panel discussing digital civic engagement and its potential to reshape democracy. During the one-hour session, panelists from Brasov, Sinaia, Dumbravita, and Timisoara will share insights on using technology (Consul Democracy / Decidim) to enhance democratic processes.

Speakers

Julia Thomaschki
Consul Comunity Coordinator, Mehr Demokratie
Despina Ungureanu
Head of Participatory Governance and Neighbourhood Management for the Municipality of Timişoara, Romania
Dan Cosmin
City of Dumbravita, Romania
Marian Panait
City of Sinaia, Romania
Marius Stan
Code4Romania, Romania

Moderators

Simon Strohmenger
Director Consul Democracy Foundation, Mehr Demokratie
Jens Kimmel
Consul Democracy Foundation, Netherlands

16:15 - 17:15

Session 13: Workshop: “Decision-making at the European Union level”

This workshop by Europuls on European institutions and negotiations answers all the questions and curiosities the youth might come across in their efforts to try to understand the European Union’s policy-making process. Starting off with a session on learning how each EU institution works, the workshop will then continue with a simulation of negotiation rounds, between institutions, on a given legislative bill. The participants will negotiate in teams, thus showcasing and improving their team working, oratorical and persuasion skills. By doing so, they will also learn interactively and through a hands-on experience just how exactly the EU creates policy.
Oana Ene
Project Assistant, Europuls
Ruxandra Botas
Project Assistant, Europuls

16:15 - 17:15

Session 14: YEUF Workshop - Closed session

The YEUF project unites young changemakers from across Europe with the goal of promoting the European Elections 2024. At their upcoming international meeting in Bucharest, this private session will be dedicated to reflecting on their journey, sharing feedback, and discussing the learning experiences garnered throughout the project.
Roseline Saindou
Service Civique Europeen

16:15 - 17:15

Session 15: Workshop: “Local direct democracy in Germany”

This workshop describes the direct democracy at the local and the subnational (states, „Länder“) level in Germany. We find (binding) direct democracy procedures in all 16 states – in the workshop, we describe and compare the procedures. Then, we describe and analyse briefly the use of direct democracy. At the end of 2022, we counted approx. 400 initiatives at the subnational level and approx. 9.000 procedures at the local level in all 16 states. Finally, we highlight the main lessons learned.

Speakers

Frank Rehmet
Researcher, Mehr Demokratie e. V., Germany
Achim Wölfel
Mehr Demokratie e.V., Germany

16:15 - 17:15

Session 16: Workshop: “Reshaping Romania: Unraveling Communist wounds in 2024”

Popular jokes during communist Romania:
"-What's the difference between the wind and the Securitate? -The Securitate beats harder."
"What's colder than the cold water? - The hot water."

Popular sayings during the past 35 years:
"Please speak more slowly, who knows who might hear us!"
"We vote the same guys as 30 years ago because the known evil is better than the unknown one."

In December 1989, after more than four decades during an oppressive communist regime, Romanians were finally free and hoping to enjoy all the traits of a healthy democracy. Yet, the transition years proved to be confusing, both politically and socially. Although major steps were taken towards democracy and international democratic values and organizations such as joining the European Union, NATO and other organizations and treaties, however, the distrust in the Romanian political scene and social distrust have perpetuated.

This workshop delves deep into the lingering consequences and enduring traces left behind by decades of communist rule. From the corridors of power to the bustling streets, we will explore how Romania grapples with the legacy of its communist era, examining the intricate web of socio-political dynamics that continue to project shadows upon its present reality.

Workshop supported by KAS Romania

KAS Romania

Facilitator

Ph.D. Daniela Popescu
University lecturer, Cultural Association "History within our Homes, NGO

16:15 - 17:15

How civil society organizations respond to de - democratization and how successful they are

Today, civil society organizations face critical challenges amid global democratic backsliding, notably in EU member states like Hungary and Poland. In these environments, they encounter hostility, funding shortages, and state co-option attempts, threatening their autonomy and effectiveness. As autocratizing leaders aim to weaken opposition, civil society's role in fostering democratic resilience becomes increasingly vital, prompting scrutiny of its responses and structural influences in countering de-democratization.

Speakers

Joanna Podgórska-Rykała
 KEN University of Cracow, Poland
Stefan Cibian
Făgăraș Research Institute, Romania
Henry Rammelt
SNSPA Bucharest, Romania

Moderator

Marton Gerö
Centre for Social Science Research, Hungary
17:15

17:15 - 17:45

Yoga Session "Connect & Share"

At this year’s Global Forum Elisabeth Kaufmann will offer two yoga breaks of 30 minutes length, to help you wind down and connect to your body and mind, so that you’re well prepared to the main themes of the 2024 Forum, peace and trust in democracy! Get ready to relaxing yoga exercises standing and sitting on a chair. You don’t need any special clothing. Just come as you are! Elisabeth is a global Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She runs her own yoga studio in Arboga, the birth place of democracy in Sweden, and has written a book about yin yoga (in Swedish: Lilla Positionsboken). Read more about Elisabeth here. Elisabeth is also active as elected member of the Election Commission of Arboga and chairs the local Green Party.

Facilitator

Elisabeth Erlandsson-Kaufmann
17:45

17:45 - 19:15

Session 17: “Rebuilding democracy after war - Lasting peace through participation”

The EU, amidst a landscape of political extremism and Euroscepticism, and with a war at its borders, is at a crucial juncture. It is striving to chart a stable course after grappling with the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic. Yet, certain states, through their actions, underscore the viability of the European project. They demonstrate that it is not just a concept, but a catalyst for the harmonious development of their societies.
Over the course of 90 minutes, we will delve into the challenges faced by the states aspiring to join the European family. We will explore the crucial role their governments must play, and most importantly, how their ongoing dialogue with internal partners - civil society and ordinary citizens-evolves to achieve qualitative change.

Speakers

Denis Bikesha
University of Rwanda, School of Law, Rwanda
Dane Waters
Initiative and Referendum Institute, Humanity for Freedom Foundation, USA
Angela Grămadă
President, ESGA
Tyson Smith Berry
 4Kids International / International Peace Bureau (IPB), Liberia
Mihai Lupu
Solidarity Platform, Romania
Mihail Sirkeli
 Piligrim-Demo, Moldova

Moderator

Ion Manole
Executive Director, Promo-LEX Association, Moldova

17:45 - 19:15

Session 18: Workshop: “Participatory Democracy: existing practices in comparison”

This workshop will present some good practices of Participatory Democracy around the world and how they are using them to include the voices of those most vulnerable in decision making: children and people experiencing homelessness. Join this interactive session to learn first hand about how these processes are implemented and what are their challenges and opportunities for the future of democracy.

Workshop organiser

Greta Rios
Co-Executive Director, People Powered, Mexico

Workshop speakers

Katy Rubin
Independent Civic Change Practitioner, Legislative Theatre, UK
Andres Falck
Consultant in Political Participation, People Powerd
Mateusz Wojcieszak
Director, The Field of Dialogue Foundation, Poland
Carolin Hagelskamp
Professor, Berlin School of Economics and Lay, Associate at People Powerd
Andras Farkas
Strategic Director, PONT Group
Eva Mackevica
 Fundacja Pole Dialogu, Poland

17:45 - 19:15

Session 20: Workshop “How to Make Young Voices Matter"

“How to Make Young Voices Matter" is an inclusive workshop tailored to both young individuals and decision makers, fostering dialogue and collaboration to amplify the voices of the youth in decision-making processes. Participants will explore methods for cultivating a culture of listening, understanding, and valuing diverse perspectives, ultimately fostering more inclusive and impactful decision-making environments.

Facilitator

Rafael Bologa
Romanian Youth Council (CTR)

17:45 - 19:15

Session 21: Bootcamp: “How to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative”

Discover the power of the European Citizens' Initiative – your gateway to setting the agenda of the EU. By the end of this interactive and immersive Bootcamp, you'll be equipped to launch your very own ECI. With insights from Daniela Vancic of Democracy International, let's activate your ECI journey!

Bootcamp organiser

Daniela Vancic
European Program Manager at Democracy International

17:45 - 19:15

Session 22: "The future of democracy - ethical AI and robotics"

In an era where technology increasingly intersects with all facets of life, the "The Future of Democracy - Ethical AI and Robotics" session emerges as a foundational platform for dialogue. Through exploring the impact of these technologies on information integrity, citizen engagement, and the protection of democratic institutions, we aim to chart a path towards leveraging AI and robotics to reinforce transparency, fairness, and inclusivity in democratic societies around the globe.

Speakers

Irina Buzu
Member of the AI Expert Group, Council of Europe, Advisor to the Deputy Prime-minister of Moldova
Karina A. Nersesyan
Ph.D Representative, Republic of Moldova
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund

Moderator

Corneliu Coteț
Affiliated expert, Europuls

17:45 - 19:15

Session 23: Workshop: “Legislative Theatre: Creatively Redesigning Democratic Spaces - A simulation”

The workshop will provide an in-depth and hands-on introduction to Legislative Theatre, a participatory democracy methodology that's joyful, creative and inclusive. Participants will create their own mock LT process, learn about recent initiatives and policy impacts around the globe, and discuss how these tools might intersect with other direct and participatory democracy practices.
Led by LT practitioners Katy and Bartek, who are working across Europe and internationally with communities, local councils and governments to co-create policy on a wide range of social issues.

Workshop organizers

Katy Rubin 
United Kingdom, Legislative Theatre (independent practitioner)
Bartłomiej Bodziński-Guzik
Jagiellonian University, Poland

17:45 - 19:15

Session 24: Spotlight Youth: A sustainable future

Roundtable discussion on the use of democratic methods such as
citizens' assemblies in tackling climate change. Focus on the participation of young people in
democratic innovations. Perspectives from Romania, Mexico and Finland, and a video
presentation from Ukraine. The session concludes with another topic concerning youth, with
Kim Minseong discussing the pros and cons of abolishing Korea's student human rights
ordinance.

Speakers

Elena Miron
ESDN Youth Network
Jesus Roberto Hernández Juárez
 Youth Building The Future Global Mexico
Yaroslav Morozov
Board Member in 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative, Ukraine (remote)

Roundtable moderator/speaker

Veli-Valtteri Lehtonen
Student Network on the Future of Democracy, Finland

17:45 - 19:15

Session: Clientelism in politics

The workshop will explore the means through which political parties abuse state resources to obtain political and electoral advantages. These include national programs for local development, arbitrary allocations to media or abusive use of public funds through fixed procurement. The panel will highlight EFOR's work of more than 13 years to disclose these means and to increase governmental responsibility, as well as case studies covered by the media.

Workshop hosted by

Septimius Pârvu
Electoral program coordinator at Expert Forum

17:45 - 19:15

Panel: “Independent Media in the region: opportunities and challenges: The situation of independent media in the region”

The session will focus on the situation of independent media in the region.
What is the status of Romanian and Moldavia media in the 2024 "super-electoral" year?
What are the opportunities and challenges of investigative journalism?

Speakers

Cristina Lupu
 Executive Director at Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest,
Romania
Biro Attila
 Journalist and cofounder of context.ro - independent media start-up

Marian Chiriac
 Country Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Romania

Moderator

Romina Surugiu
Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication
Studies, University of Bucharest
18:30

18:30 - 19:30

„Stories in Little Paris”

This session represents a unique journey into the traditional universe of quality wines and cheeses. We invite you to participate in our tasting session in Little Paris.

Artesana

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FRIDAY 17th May 2024

Morning

09:30

09:30 - 09:45

Welcoming remarks

Tana Foarfă
Global Forum Co-Chair 
Caroline Vernaillen
Global Forum Co-Chair 
09:50

09:50 - 10:00

Keynote by Ionuț Adrian Foltea, Times New Roman

Ionuț Adrian Foltea
Redactor, Times New Roman
10:00

10:00 - 11:30

Panel “Future of Europe”

The EU, amidst a landscape of political extremism and Euroscepticism, and with a war at its borders, is at a crucial juncture. It is striving to chart a stable course after grappling with the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic. Yet, certain states, through their actions, underscore the viability of the European project. They demonstrate that it is not just a concept, but a catalyst for the harmonious development of their societies.
Over the course of 90 minutes, we will delve into the challenges faced by the states aspiring to join the European family. We will explore the crucial role their governments must play, and most importantly, how their ongoing dialogue with internal partners - civil society and ordinary citizens-evolves to achieve qualitative change.

Speakers

Ms. Daniela Vidaicu
Executive Director, The Soros Foundation Moldova
Angela Grămadă
President, ESGA
George Melashvili
Public figure, scholar of political sciences (specializing in comparative politics) and East Asian studies (specializing in Korea)
Mihail Sirkeli
Piligrim-Demo, Moldova
Kristina Zeleniuk
Ukrainian foreign policy journalist
11:30

11:30 - 11:40

Keynote: Priorities at EU level

Speakers

H.E. John Cornet D'Elzius
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Romania

11:30 - 13:00

Panel "The role of Romania in the EU after 9 June"

In recent years, the tide of misinformation and Euroscepticism has risen, leading to alarming levels of political extremism across Europe. We want to create the right framework for a debate with citizens, a dialogue in which we can talk about the priorities of the future elected in the European Parliament, but also to discuss active citizenship and citizens' participation in the decision-making process.
Roxana Mînzatu
Alianța PSD-PNL
Violeta Alexandru
Alianța Dreapta Unită
Dragoș Pîslaru
REPER
Vlad Gheorghe
Candidat independent
Nicu Ștefănuță
Candidat independent

Moderators

Tana Foarfă 
Co-Chair of the Global Forum
Vitalie Cojocari
Journalist, Euronews

Coffee Break - 11:15-11:30

FRIDAY 17th May 2024

Afternoon

14:30

14:30 - 16:00

Session 11: Cities. Youth. Future. The Romanian Youth Capital model.

CITIES. YOUTH. FUTURE is a proposal for a theory and a logical framework on how to address the topic of urban development and urban vision in the long-term with a specific emphasis on young people. Health and well-being, learning and perspectives, agency and participation of young people need to be put at the core towards providing prosperity and a high quality of life in urban communities in the medium and long-term, cities needing to provide places, human support and funding in this endeavor. The European Youth Capital title and a similar model, the Romanian Youth Capital program prove how this can work in practice. Or cannot. The panel will have guests of two European Youth Capitals (Thessaloniki 2014 and Cluj-Napoca 2025) and two Romanian Youth Capitals (Ploiești 2024 and Vaslui 2025).
Mihaela Tătaru
CEO of the Ploiești 2024 Romanian Youth Capital programme.
Babis Papaioannou
 Youth Policy Expert, fmr. CEO of the Thessaloniki 2014 European Youth Capital programme
Denisa Săvuc
CEO of the Vaslui 2025 Romanian Youth Capital programme, Volunteer of the Cluj-Napoca 2015 European Youth Capital programme;
Andreea Apostu
Secretary General, Cluj Youth Federation

Moderator

Andras Farkas
Strategic Director, PONT Group

14:30 - 16:00

Session “Strong institutions: Advancing and Assisting Direct Democracy from electoral bodies’ Perspectives”

This session will provide a comprehensive exploration of critical case studies involving referendums, voting on socially contested issues, and the recall of elected officials. The discussion will center on the pivotal role of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in navigating legal frameworks, offering process support, and conducting voter education initiatives. Country case studies will offer valuable insights into past experiences, challenges, budgetary considerations, and strategic planning related to referendums. This session promises to offer essential perspectives for promoting citizen participation and ensuring the integrity of electoral processes.

Speakers

Toni Greblă
President, Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania
Vanja Bjelica-Prutina
Member, Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Giorgi Kalandarishvili
Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia
Dana Munteanu
Member, Central Electoral Commission of Moldova
Reyes Rodriguez Mondragon
Electoral Tribunal, Mexico (per video)

Panel organiser

Seung Ryeol Kim
A-WEB, Korea

14:30 - 16:00

Session “Sustainable future(s)”

Speakers

Corina Murafa
Member, European Economic and Social Committee
Roxana Mînzatu
Secretary of State, Coordinator of the Department for Integrated Evaluation and Monitoring of Programs Financed from Public and European Funds, Chancellery of the Prime-Minister
Roxana Chirițoiu
Project Manager, Climate Change Summit
Ana Maria Icătoiu
Vice-President, OFA-UGIR

Moderator

Dalia Stoian
EFdeN

14:30 - 16:00

Session 27 Workshop “Lecture and discussion: History and relevance of direct and participative democracy in Central and Eastern Europe”

This workshop analyzes recent findings on the impact of direct and participative democracy across the region. It spans different historical eras, revealing how these democratic mechanisms have shaped the political landscape of Central and Eastern European societies. Additionally, it discusses potential interventions and policies aimed at enhancing participatory practices.

Speakers

Andrzej Jackiewicz
University of Bialystok, Poland
Nikolay Bliznakov
Bulgaria, Regional union of NGOs / Ass. NEOCHRON
Marko Krtolica
 Iustinianus Primus University Skopje, North Macedonia

Workshop organiser

Gabriel Badescu
Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University

14:30 - 16:00

Bootcamp “How can direct democracy be implemented in national constitutions?”

In many countries, direct democracy is considered as one of the possible solutions to improve
our democratic systems. While these debates are often theoretical, some concrete proposals
that implement direct democracy are useful to offer concrete options and more precise
debates on how direct democracy could change the balance of powers in each country. Four
constitutions will be discussed: the Belgian, the Chilean, the French and the Romanian. Clara
Egger will present the proposal for a revision of the Belgian constitution, defended by Meer
Democratie. David Altman analyzes the failure of the Constituent Assembly in Chile and
develops how direct democracy could be implemented in the actual constitution. Raul Magni-
Berton presents the impact of the Yellow Vests on the debates on direct democracy in France
and discusses the proposal for constitutional reform currently being presented to parliament.
Finally, Sergiu Miscoiu will present the main issue of direct democracy in Romania and the
way it could be conceived.

Bootcamp organisers

Raul Magni Berton
Professor, Catholic Unversity of Lille
Clara Egger
 Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Speakers

David Altman
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Sergiu Miscoiu
 Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop “Legislative Theatre: Creatively Redesigning Democratic Spaces - A simulation”

The workshop will provide an in-depth and hands-on introduction to Legislative Theatre, a participatory democracy methodology that's joyful, creative and inclusive. Participants will create their own mock LT process, learn about recent initiatives and policy impacts around the globe, and discuss how these tools might intersect with other direct and participatory democracy practices.
Led by LT practitioners Katy and Bartek, who are working across Europe and internationally with communities, local councils and governments to co-create policy on a wide range of social issues.

Workshop organisers

Katy Rubin
Independent Civic Change Practitioner, Legislative Theatre, UK
Bartłomiej Bodziński-Guzik
Principal Investigator at NSC, Jagiellonian University, Poland

14:30 - 16:00

Dialogue with a decision-maker

The session aims to gather young people from Romania, Bulgaria and France in a dialogue with a decision-maker about increasing youth participation in society.

Speakers

Rareș Achiriloaie
President, National Authority for the Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption
Theodora Cristofan
Europuls Representative

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:00

16:00 - 17.45

Democracy Camp - Closed Session

16:15

16:15 - 17:15

Session Workshop: “How civil society organizations respond to de-democratization and how successful they are in stopping it?”

Speakers

Ștefan Cibian
Research Fellow and Executive Director, Făgăraș Research Institute, Romania
Henry P. Rammelt
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, SNSPA, Germany
Joanna Podgórska-Rykała
University of the National Education Commission, Krakow, Poland

Moderator

Márton Gerő
Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, research fellow Centre for Socal Sciences, Hungary

16:15 - 17:15

Session Academic Spotlight: Civic Education

The level of democracy globally has been declining steadily for about a decade, reaching, according to a commonly used indicator, V-Dem, the level of 1986. At the same time, survey data measuring pro-democracy orientations show more pronounced negative changes among young people. In this context, this panel aims to discuss civic education's role in creating opportunities for democratic renewal based on several recent studies, including ICCS2023 and Educiv2024.

Speakers

Călin Rus
Director of the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara & Expert at Council of Europe 
Catalina Hygum
Professor, University of Bucharest
Victoria Bogdanova
Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria
Cezara Grama
Expert Forum, Romania

Moderator

Gabriel Badescu
National survey on civic education, Romania

16:15 - 17:15

Session “Regional Cooperation”

We plan to bring together experts, decision-makers at national and European level, together with business representatives to discuss the future of cross-border partnerships and investments in cities and regions from Central and Eastern Europe. Why? We believe that initiatives that help communities develop by spotlighting citizens are the stories meant to be told.

Moderator

Francesca Cristea
Head of Policy & Programs, Europuls - Center of European Expertise

Speakers

Diana Gheorghe
General Directorate for European Territorial Cooperation, Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration
Alexandru Gozun
Head of PwC Moldova Office
Tudor Ogner
Executive Director, Romanian Youth Capital Programme
Andreea Apostu
Secretary General, Cluj Youth Federation

16:15 - 17:15

Session “Access to information: regulations and practices”

The session will discuss examples of successful (or not so successful) implementation of the access to information legislation in various countries. The focus will be on experiences of grassroots groups and citizens, particularly from rural and remote areas, and how they can use FOIA to advance democracy in their communities

Moderator

Ovidiu Voicu
Leader, Center Public Inovation
Michael Gyekye
Ghana
Murat Özçelebi
STGM, Turkey
Luca Ciubotaru
 Civic Radauti Association, Romania

Other speakers

Marie Jünemann
Member of the Federal Executive Board, Mehr Demokratie, Germany

16:15 - 17:15

Workshop “The current state of participation and direct democracy in the EU”

Explore how to design, launch, and improve inclusive democratic innovation programs by engaging marginalized communities in participatory and deliberative processes. Learn about practical tools to enhance citizen engagement and participation through an interactive session that blends peer-to-peer support with expert knowledge on addressing real-world challenges within a current democratic framework.

Workshop organisers

Luiza Jardim
Program Associate, People Powered, Brazil
Alisa Aliti Vlasic
Project Manager, Coglobal, Spain

16:15 - 17:15

Bootcamp “Teaching how to use democracy instruments: hands-on training with experts from around the world”

Democratic participation opportunities vary greatly in different countries, cities and regions. However, there are a few simple basic rules that apply everywhere and can be followed to launch a successful initiative. The boot camp will focus on such tips and tricks using the examples of direct democracy in Germany and Romania.

Speakers

Achim Wölfel
Managing Director, Mehr Demokratie, Germany
Alina Kasprovski
Bucharest Community Foundation, Romania
Ileana Marin
 Democracy around the Globe, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, U.S.A.

16:15 - 17:15

Workshop “The mechanism of a participation network: from establishment to management”

Keywords content: Local participation in democratic processes, challenges and solutions for citizen participation in local communities.
Georgy Petrov
George Petrov, Citizens Participation Forum, Bulgaria and Anda Serban, CeRe, Romania 
Anda Serban
 CeRe, Romania

16:15 - 17:15

Session 39 Bootcamp “Fundraising Hands-on”

In this workshop we will take a look at tips and tricks for writing project proposals to be submitted with EU calls and foundations. The aim is to scout out writing techniques, common mistakes and general recommendations. In the second part, Fundraising Hands-on is an open invitation to join and share your writing experiences and techniques so we can all fund our projects even more successfully in the future!

Bootcamp organiser

Anne Hardt
Fundraising and Campaigning Manager, Democracy International, Germany

16:15 - 17:15

The myth of Princess Europe

The myth of Princess Europe, dating back 2,800 years, provides an astonishing key to the current task and idea of Europe. It conceals the conditions for a successful democracy as well as the necessities for the creation of art. They promote a healthy self-confidence, as well as trust in every human being and their peace-building potential for the future. I would like to describe this in my contribution and discuss it with the participants.

Speakers

Micheal von der Lohe
OMNIBUS FÜR DIREKTE DEMOKRATIE, Germany

16:15 - 17:15

Road to 2100

In light of the rapidly changing times, exemplified by advancements in technology, we, as sustainability ambassadors, are committed to ensuring the accurate and timely dissemination of information to the public in the twenty-first century. To this end, we are organizing a workshop centered around the En-ROADS platform, developed by MIT.

The central question guiding our workshop is: "What actions can we take to sustain ourselves?" Recognizing the challenges of altering our perspective on the planet until 2100, we acknowledge the urgency of addressing global warming. Failure to act now could result in a 3.3-degree Celsius temperature rise by the year 2100, potentially leading to adverse consequences such as submergence of areas like Dubai or Venice.
17:15

17:15 - 17:45

Session "Connect & Share"

At this year’s Global Forum Elisabeth Kaufmann will offer two yoga breaks of 30 minutes length, to help you wind down and connect to your body and mind, so that you’re well prepared to the main themes of the 2024 Forum, peace and trust in democracy! Get ready to relaxing yoga exercises standing and sitting on a chair. You don’t need any special clothing. Just come as you are! Elisabeth is a global Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She runs her own yoga studio in Arboga, the birth place of democracy in Sweden, and has written a book about yin yoga (in Swedish: Lilla Positionsboken). Read more about Elisabeth here. Elisabeth is also active as elected member of the Election Commission of Arboga and chairs the local Green Party.

Facilitator

Elisabeth Erlandsson-Kaufmann

17:15 - 17:45

Workshop “Volunteering in the EU”

Workshop organiser

Benjamin Sybille
Founder and General Director, Collectif pour un Service Civique Européen, France
17:45

17:15 - 17:45

Session 44 Workshop “Picking the right tool for the job: how to design participation at the local level”

Keywords content: Strong intro on democracy instruments on the local level followed by work in working groups: how do we go about choosing the right democracy instrument in a specific context, which process fits which situations? With speakers from different regions.

Workshop organiser

Christian König
Mehr Demokratie, Germany

Other speakers

Raban Fuhrmann
Director, Academy for a Learning Democracy, Germany
Stephen Erickson
Citizens Rising and Cities Rising, NGO, US
Salome Svanidze
Head of the Civic Integration Programme, Civic IDEA, Georgia
Luca Ciubotaru
Advisor, Department of Constitutional and Legislative Affairs, Presidential Administration of Romania

17:15 - 17:45

Session 45 Workshop “European Democracy - #UseYourVote”

Democracy brings peace, freedom and a good quality of life to European citizens. Building democracy is an ongoing project and we should not forget that democracy is made by individuals. It can start wherever you are, whenever you decide to change something you care about, whether it is small or big, like signing a petition, joining an event or casting your vote. On 9 June 2024, European citizens will elect their representatives to the European Parliament for the next 5 years. It is important that as many citizens as possible, especially young people, exercise this right to vote as voting is a key tool to become active citizens, committed to democracy and engaged for Europe’s present and future.
Do you have an actionable idea that you’d like to discuss? Do you feel like acting, but you don’t know where to start? Join the Democracy Promoters workshop and let yourself inspired!

Our special guests are three very young together.eu volunteers who will tell their success stories as active citizens and Promoters for European Democracy, why you should join the together.eu community, how you can participate in the #UseYourVote communication campaign of the European Parliament, and how you can convince other young people to give democracy a real meaning as the next European elections approach.

Workshop organiser

Liaison Office
EP Romania

Facilitator

Liliana Comanescu
European Parliament Liaison Office, Romania

17:15 - 17:45

Session 43 Roundtable “Culturally inclusive approaches of democracy: What traditions can teach us”

Explore how participatory processes within local contexts and age-old democratic practices from around the world uncover innovative approaches for modern democracy at our panel. Discover how cultural, local and historical deliberative methods inform contemporary democratic innovations, fostering inclusive participation and effective governance. Join us to delve into the rich tapestry of global democracy and its lessons for the future.

Moderator

Caroline Vernaillen
Democracy International, Belgium

Other speakers

Moufida Guirmani Oueslati
Program Officer, Le Partenaire Consulting, Tunisia
Tatiana Forero Torres
 Fundaciòn Corona, Colombia

17:45-19:15 Networking: "Connect & Share"

Explore the "Connect & Share" networking room, where innovative projects come to life. Engage directly with project initiators to learn about their work, projects and initiatives. Whether you're looking for new ideas, partnerships, or just want to chat, this session is the perfect chance to connect with creative minds and exchange knowledge.

17:45 - 19:15

Panel: "Digital Democracy: Building Trust and Empowering Local Communities Globally"

This workshop will explore the transformative role of technology in strengthening democracy, fostering trust, and empowering local communities worldwide. Panelists will share insights, case studies, and practical strategies aimed at building bridges across continents for local empowerment through digital innovation.

Speakers

Charlie Martial Ngounou
Member of Digital Participation Committee, People Powered
Tamara Tachynska
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Qela. 
Colleen Hardwick
Founder and Managing Director, PlaceSpeak Inc, Canada
Guillaume Saunier
Practitioner in local hybrid democracy initiatives

Moderator

George A. Polisner
United States, Founder of Civic Works
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SATURDAY 18th May 2024

Morning

09:30

09:30 - 09:40

Welcoming remarks

Tana Foarfă
Global Forum Co-Chair
Caroline Vernaillen
Global Forum Co-Chair 

09:30 - 10:30

Democracy Camp - Closed Session

10:10

10:00 - 11:40

Fireside chat: Plenary session 7 “Mayors for democracy” 

The first lesson of democracy starts at home and home can be translated into the cities - the place where we understand how society works and how citizens can make a difference in their community. Throughout this panel, we intend to connect mayors, regions and projects in an open dialogue between decision-makers and the public.

Speakers

Radu Mihaiu
Mayor, District 2 - Bucharest
Adria Duarte
Coordinator, International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Spain
Corina Ene
Mayor, Căbești
Adrian Schmid
President of the Swiss Democracy Foundation and the former Vice-President of the Swiss Green Party and was a member of the Lucerne city parliament for almost two decades, which he presided over in 1999.
Ion Dogalniuc
Mayor of Colibași, Cahul, Republic of Moldova
Serghei Anastasov
Primarul mun. Comrat, Republica Moldova
Vladislav Cociu
Mayor of Ștefan Vodă, Republic of Moldova
11:50

11:50 - 13:00

Launch of the Yearly Global Report on Direct Democracy

Speakers

Clara Egger
 Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Raul Magni Berton
Professor, Catholic Unversity of Lille
David Altman
 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Luciana Ghica
University of Bucharest, Romania

Moderator

Bruno Kaufmann
Chairman of the Democracy Council and Election Commission

SATURDAY 18th May 2024

Afternoon

13:00

13:00 - 14:00

How to create trust for the right reasons during elections and for democracy

Speakers

Prof. PhD Oswaldo Lima Jr.
Associate Professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)
Prof. PhD Edna Raquel Hogemann
Dean of the Center for Legal Sciences, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Marieta Safta
Vice-President of the Senate of the UTM University Prof. PhD 
- Faculty of Law - Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest
- The Court of International Commercial Arbitration
Ovidiu Ioan Dumitru
Dean Associate Professor
Faculty of Law - The Academy of Economic Studies
Olga Cortac
Director of the Administrative Service, legal Resources Centre from Moldova

Moderator

PhD Dragoș Lucian Ivan
Lawyer Associate Professor, Faculty of Law Academy of Economic Studies
14:30

14:00 - 14:30

Declaration vote - announcements

Closing ceremony

Late afternoon-evening: Cultural programme

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Open Networking Session - Masion des Crepes Romana
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Keynote by Dragoș Anastasiu
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17 May 2024
09:30 - 09:40
Seats available 379
Welcoming remarks
17 May 2024
09:50 - 10:00
Seats available 186
Keynote by Ionuț Adrian Foltea, Times New Roman
17 May 2024
10:00 - 11:30
Seats available 175
Panel “Future of Europe”
17 May 2024
11:30 - 13:00
Seats available 205
Panel "The role of Romania in the EU after 9 June"
17 May 2024
11:30 - 11:40
Seats available 279
Keynote: Priorities at EU level
17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
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Bootcamp “How can direct democracy be implemented in national constitutions?”
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17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
Seats available 127
Session 25 “Strong institutions: Advancing and Assisting Direct Democracy from electoral bodies’ Perspectives”
17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
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Dialogue with a decision-maker
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17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
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Session 27 Workshop “Lecture and discussion: History and relevance of direct and participative democracy in Central and Eastern Europe”
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17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
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Session 31 - Workshop “Legislative Theatre: Creatively Redesigning Democratic Spaces - A simulation”
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17 May 2024
14:30 - 16:00
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Session 1 “Sustainable future(s)”
17 May 2024
14:40 - 16:00
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Session 11 "Cities. Youth. Future. The Romanian Youth Capital model."
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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The myth of Princess Europe
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 39 Bootcamp “Fundraising Hands-on”
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 33 “Regional Cooperation”
17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 37 Workshop “The mechanism of a participation network: from establishment to management”
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 40 Workshop “Co-designing transnational participation”
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 34 “Access to information: regulations and practices”
17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 36 Bootcamp “Teaching how to use democracy instruments: hands-on training with experts from around the world”
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 29 Academic Spotlight: Civic Education
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Road to 2100
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session Workshop: “How civil society organizations respond to de-democratization and how successful they are in stopping it?”
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17 May 2024
16:15 - 17:15
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Session 35 Workshop “The current state of participation and direct democracy in the EU”
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17 May 2024
17:15 - 17:45
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Session "Connect & Share"
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17 May 2024
17:15 - 17:45
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Session 6 Workshop “Volunteering in the EU”
17 May 2024
17:45 - 19:15
Seats available 31
Session 45 Workshop "European Democracy - #UseYourVote"
17 May 2024
17:45 - 19:15
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Session 43 Workshop “Direct Democracy 101: learning from scratch”
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17 May 2024
17:45 - 19:15
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Session 44 Workshop “Picking the right tool for the job: how to design participation at the local level”
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17 May 2024
17:45 - 19:15
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Session 43 Roundtable “Culturally inclusive approaches of democracy: What traditions can teach us”
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17 May 2024
17:45 - 19:15
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Panel: "Digital Democracy: Building Trust and Empowering Local Communities Globally"
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18 May 2024
08:30 - 08:40
Seats available 241
Welcoming remarks
18 May 2024
10:10 - 11:40
Seats available 48
Fireside chat: Plenary session 7 “Mayors for democracy” (90 min fireside)
18 May 2024
11:50 - 13:00
Seats available 42
Launch of the Yearly Global Report on Direct Democracy
18 May 2024
13:00 - 14:00
Seats available 74
How to create trust for the right reasons during elections and for democracy
18 May 2024
14:30 - 15:00
Seats available 51
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