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“Crisis or Transformation?” NGD Regional Roundtable in Stockholm

Club de Madrid Members and other democracy experts participated last week in Next Generation Democracy’s Track II Regional Roundtable in Stockholm; with the European arena in the spotlight and with the late, current and, moreover, future trends of Democracy in the region as the main talking point. The event, that took part in the Swedish capital, was held on June 2-4 and had the presence of eight Club de Madrid Members.  

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The “Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Roundtable” was held in Stockholm, June 2-3 organized by Club de Madrid in collaboration with International IDEA and FRIDE. In these intense two days, Members of the Club de Madrid together with international experts identified a range of possible options to counter challenges to democracy and improve the efficiency, legitimacy and resilience of democratic systems in Europe that could shape the NGD Regional Agenda on Democracy for Europe.

Eight of our European and Eurasian Members gave their opinion and shared their experiences in the matters being discussed. From Mr Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina; former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Mr Philip Dimitrov; Mrs RozaOtunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic; Mr Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia; Mr Petre Roman, former Prime Minister of Romania; former Prime Minister of Slovakia, Mrs Iveta Radicova and Mr Alfred Gusenbauer, former Chancellor of Austria to Mr Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium and current Secretary-General of International IDEA, all participants made their own contributions to the Next Generation Democracy agenda.

Club de Madrid and International IDEA agreed to continue their efforts in pushing democracy forward, materialized in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by Mr Carlos Westendorp, Secretary-General of Club de Madrid and by Mr Leterme. As such, both organizations will continue to work on the Next Generation Democracy Project, a two-year multi-stakeholder project led by the Club de Madrid, and on other areas.

Closing the agenda, on June 4, was the public event ´Crisis or Transformation? A Conversation on Democracy´ held. Event in which the former European leaders expressed their respective visions on the opportunities and challenges of democracy now and in the future in an open dialogue, serving as well as a perfect public summary of all the talking points used during the duration of the Roundtable.

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Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Regional Roundtable

Democratic trends and challenges are broadly common to many European and other countries: intensification of bottom-up citizens’ activism, disillusionment of public opinion with the ability of governments to deliver on their expectations and with elites perceived as distant from people’s concerns, the difficult balance between long-term gain and short-term pain and the considerable growth of economic inequalities within European societies. These trends pose questions that entail far-reaching challenges, but also opportunities, for the future of democratic systems and politics in Europe.

Factors such as the Economic crisis and Globalization put an extra emphasis on the need for democratic update in the region. Moreover, the newly resumed geopolitical competition with Russia in Eastern Europe as well as the ever changing approaches and discrepancies over vicinity policies in the region are affecting democratic progress in non-European Union countries and even within the community. These and other equally important challenges for Democracy in the region, claim for not only just institutions, but also practices of democracy to be adapted to the ever-changing social and economic conditions and new technologies.

In this context and within framework of the Next Generation Democracy (NGD) project, Club de Madrid, in collaboration with International IDEA and FRIDE will host the “Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Roundtable” in Stockholm, June 2-3. In these intense two days, members of the Club de Madrid together with international experts will identify a range of possible options to counter challenges to democracy and improve the efficiency, legitimacy and resilience of democratic systems in Europe that will shape the NGD Regional Agenda on Democracy for Europe.

Democratic challenges and solutions for the current state of affairs of the region will be discussed by the following Club de Madrid Members: former Swedish PM Carl Bildt, Philip Dimitrov from Bulgaria, Chancellor Alfred Gusembauer from Austria, Zlatko Lagumdzija from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Roza Otunbayeva from Kyrgyzstan, Iveta Radicova from Slovakia; Petre Roman from Romania, Danilo Turk from Slovenia and former Belgian PM and International IDEA Secretary-General Yves Leterme.

  • The main objective of NGD Regional Roundtable is to identify key elements for the corresponding future Regional Agendas for Democracy.
  • The Roundtable will also facilitate a cross-learning exercise among regions in order to fine-tune proposals to advance democracy. Those elements referring to trends and actions transcending regions, as well as those considered effective to advance democracy globally, will be incorporated into the future NGD Global Agenda.

Following the Roundtable, on June 4th the nine Club de Madrid Members will participate in an open dialogue at the headquarters of International IDEA in “A Conversation on Democracy: Crisis or Transformation?”. This debate will engage Club de Madrid Members with the audience in an exchange of views and experiences on the challenges and drivers of democracy in Europe. The program of this public event can be consulted here.

 

NGD Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Roundtable – 2-3 June, Stockholm

Democratic trends and challenges are broadly common to many European and other countries: intensification of bottom-up citizens’ activism, disillusionment of public opinion with the ability of governments to deliver on their expectations and with elites perceived as distant from people’s concerns, the difficult balance between long-term gain and short-term pain and the considerable growth of economic inequalities within European societies. These trends pose questions that entail far-reaching challenges, but also opportunities, for the future of democratic systems and politics in Europe.

Factors such as the Economic crisis and Globalization put an extra emphasis on the need for democratic update in the region. Moreover, the newly resumed geopolitical competition with Russia in Eastern Europe as well as the ever changing approaches and discrepancies over vicinity policies in the region are affecting democratic progress in non-European Union countries and even within the community. These and other equally important challenges for Democracy in the region, claim for not only just institutions, but also practices of democracy to be adapted to the ever-changing social and economic conditions and new technologies.

In this context and within framework of the Next Generation Democracy (NGD) project, Club de Madrid, in collaboration with International IDEA and FRIDE will host the “Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Roundtable” in Stockholm, June 2-3. In these intense two days, members of the Club de Madrid together with international experts will identify a range of possible options to counter challenges to democracy and improve the efficiency, legitimacy and resilience of democratic systems in Europe that will shape the NGD Regional Agenda on Democracy for Europe.

Democratic challenges and solutions for the current state of affairs of the region will be discussed by the following Club de Madrid Members: former Swedish PM Carl Bildt, Philip Dimitrov from Bulgaria, Chancellor Alfred Gusembauer from Austria, Zlatko Lagumdzija from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Roza Otunbayeva from Kyrgyzstan, Iveta Radicova from Slovakia; Petre Roman from Romania, Danilo Turk from Slovenia and former Belgian PM and International IDEA Secretary-General Yves Leterme.

  • The main objective of NGD Regional Roundtable is to identify key elements for the corresponding future Regional Agendas for Democracy.
  • The Roundtable will also facilitate a cross-learning exercise among regions in order to fine-tune proposals to advance democracy. Those elements referring to trends and actions transcending regions, as well as those considered effective to advance democracy globally, will be incorporated into the future NGD Global Agenda.

Following the Roundtable, on June 4th the nine Club de Madrid Members will participate in an open dialogue at the headquarters of International IDEA in “A Conversation on Democracy: Crisis or Transformation?”. This debate will engage Club de Madrid Members with the audience in an exchange of views and experiences on the challenges and drivers of democracy in Europe. The program of this public event can be consulted here.

 

 

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