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What Future for European Democracy? Round Table on the Conference on the Future of Europe
Whether the EU suffers from a democratic deficit is one of the few debates of European Studies, which reached a wider public. Quite a number of Europeans are concerned about the state of EU democracy. They feel less influential, unrepresented, and too far removed from what is going on in “Brussels”. Public support for populist parties mobilising on EU-sceptic grounds has sustainably shaped recent elections.

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has to address EU citizens’ discontents and anxieties to make EU-level democracy more efficient and resilient against populist challenges and to rebuild public trust in EU democracy. As a contribution on the debate on the future direction and institutional setup of European democracy, the panel discussion aims at taking stock of ongoing EU initiatives such as the European Parliament’s initiatives to reform the European electoral law and to enshrine the “Spitzenkandidaten” process. It also discusses which further reforms need to be addressed by the CoFoE to make the EU more democratic.

Welcome
• Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Spinelli Group, Brussels
• Prof. Dr. Daniel Göler, Jean-Monnet-Chair for European Politics, University of Passau
• Sandro Gozi, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European Federalists, Brussels
• Prof. Dr. Eva Heidbreder, Professor for Multilevel Governance in Europe, Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg

Panellists
• Ivo Belet, Deputy Head of Cabinet to European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, European Commission for Democracy and Demography, Brussels
• Gaby Bischoff, Member of the European Parliament, Berlin/Brussels
• Daniel Freund, Member of the European Parliament, Aachen/Brussels
• Sandro Gozi, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European Federalists
• Danuta Maria Hübner, Member of the European Parliament, former Member of the European Commission, Warsaw/Brussels
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