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The State of Democracy in East-Central Europe: Thirty years after the fall

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Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this event aims to explore the evolution of democracies in East-Central Europe.

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On 20 November 2019, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will host an event aimed at commemorating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The one-day Conference will explore the evolution and the current state of democracies in the region. The event will gather leading thinkers on democracy, policy makers and the civil society in East-Central Europe as well as representatives of the European Union institutions. In so doing, the event aims to form the basis for more open debate regarding scenarios to improve the state of democracy in these and other EU Member States. The Conference will feature and reflect on International IDEA’s new 2019 Global State of Democracy Report and Indices.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, countries in East-Central Europe have seen rapid democratization and profound economic reforms, producing flourishing democracies with strong guarantees for fundamental freedoms and civil liberties, free media and independent judiciary. These successes have been achieved, inter alia, by promoting effective multi-level governance, based on greater involvement of citizens and ensuring that decision making powers lie at the level closest to the people. However, in the past years, several of these countries have seen signs of backsliding in the quality of their democracies, with particular declines noted in enjoyment of civil liberties, freedom of expression, media integrity and others. In the face of these threats, the resilience of democracies in Europe must be strengthened by reinvigorating public participation into decision making processes, protecting and promoting the rule of law, increasing the accountability of elected officials across all levels of government and ultimately safeguarding the equality of citizens to shape and influence the quality of their governments.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) works to bring EU citizens closer to the EU. By involving regional and local representatives who are in daily contact with their electorate's concerns, but also by inviting citizens to participate in various events and debates, the CoR contributes to reducing the gap between the EU institutions' work and EU citizens. is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). The CoR represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities. The Committee is a political assembly composed of 350 members and 350 alternates from all EU countries who have been elected at local or regional level.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an-inter-governmental organization, with 32 member states from across the globe. The Institute works to advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels. The Institute works to achieve these objectives through consolidating and disseminating comparative knowledge on democracy, convening and facilitating dialogues at country, regional and global levels and providing policy advice to actors across the political and institutional spectrum.

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