Strengthening democracy in Europe: what can be done?

Strengthening democracy in Europe: what can be done?

Webinar: Tuesday 24th September 2pm CEST, 1pm UK  

2024 is the Year of Democracy, when more than 2 billion people go to the polls.   

Every European has a deep stake in the policies that shape our lives, from tackling global crises like climate change, to local issues like the state of our schools and hospitals. Yet, many citizens feel disillusioned and disengaged from politics; some vote for populist parties and many do not bother to vote at all. 

What are the main challenges facing democracy in Europe, and what can be done? What impact will new digital technologies like social media and AI have on the future evolution and health of democratic systems?  

How can we promote the public sphere and public participation in our democracies? What is the state of the relationship between experts, policymakers and the public, and how can we strengthen this nexus?   

Join us for this timely debate, which coincides with recent major reports on the state of democracy by the European Group on Ethics and the Joint Research Centre. It is free and open to all. 

Confirmed panellists 

  • Barbara Prainsack MAE, Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis, University of Vienna and Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies
  • Cathrine Holst, Professor in Philosophy of Science and Democracy, University of Oslo 
  • Dr Mario Scharfbillig, Unit for Science for Democracy and Evidence-Informed Policymaking, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE, Professor and Chair of Medical Ethics, Lund University and Vice-Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

The webinar will be chaired by Professor Ole Petersen MAE, Academic Director of the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub.

About the European Group on Ethics (EGE)

Founded in 1991, the European Group on Ethics (EGE) is an independent advisory body of the President of the European Commission. The EGE provides the Commission with high quality, independent advice on all aspects of EU legislation and policies, where ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues intersect with the development of science and new technologies. In 2023, it published an Opinion on Democracy in a digital age and in 2024 issued a Statement on Defending democracy in Europe.

About the Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. Its recent work includes the report, Trustworthy public communications (2024), of which Mario Scharfbillig was joint author.


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