In their yearly “State of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law” report, the Council of Europe, lead by its Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, continue to broaden the focus from the more traditional and restrictive electoral topics of Democracy, shifting into a much comprehensive approach. The legal protection of social rights, the effective social rights enforcement, the quality of anti-discrimination measures and integration policies, the access to rights for young people and the education for democratic citizenship have progressively found their way into the central agenda; and as such have also set the path for projects such as Club de Madrid’s Next Generation Democracy initiative.
Indeed, a tendency has arisen in the last two Council of Europe reports consisting in the inclusion of new relevant indicators. First, in 2014, the introduction of Political freedoms, Elections, Democratic institutions and Democratic culture sections set a precedent as the European institution went beyond the electoral and rule of law approach. Further and in this year’s version, a new section is devoted to “Inclusive societies and democratic citizenship” all without undermining the importance of freedoms of assembly and expression as well as the functioning of democracy as such or the judiciary caveats themselves.
Those new “Inclusive Societies and Democratic citizenship” topics, also prompted and influenced NGD’s Track II subjects and topics, discussed in the Wider Europe Regional Roundtable that took place in Stockholm during June 5-6.
Read further about Club de Madrid’s Next Generation democracy project: http://nextgenerationdemocracy.org/
Consult the full report by the Council of Europe here: https://edoc.coe.int/en/an-overview/6455-state-of-democracy-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-in-europe.html