Brussels Launch Event of the Global State of Democracy 2023 Report
With Hadja Lahbib, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium; Dr. Adam Bodnar, Elected Senator of the Polish Senate; Erica Gerretsen, Director at the European Commission; H.E Anders H. Eide, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the European Union; Christian Leffler, Chair of International IDEA’s Board of Advisors; Dr Julia Leininger, Head of Programme, German Institute for Development and Sustainability and Member of International IDEA‘s Board of Advisers.
In an era defined by rapidly evolving geopolitical dynamics and new challenges and transformations to democracy, the need for robust democracies and accountable institutions has never been more crucial. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is proud to present the Global State of Democracy 2023 Report to the Brussels democracy community.
A lineup of esteemed speakers and experts will help shed light on the current state of democracy worldwide and how democracy actors like the EU can explore new avenues for defending democracy against autocratization and reinforcing democratic values.
Since the inception of International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report in 2017, International IDEA has diligently tracked democratic trends in 174 countries across five regions focusing on essential democratic categories: Representation, Rights, Rule of Law, and Participation. This year’s Global State of Democracy Report underscores a pressing reality: democracy has faced continued contraction globally, with 2022 marking the sixth consecutive year witnessing more countries experiencing declines in democratic processes than improvements.
The global deterioration in democratic performances necessitates broadening the vantage point when it comes to supporting democracy and taking a closer look at the role of formal and informal countervailing institutions in the advancement and protection of democracy. Going beyond traditional ‘checks and balances’, countervailing institutions also include the bodies, movements and institutions that protect the equilibrium of power between the people and the government, referred to in the Report as the ‘new checks and balances’.
Apart from presenting the Report’s main findings, the Brussels Global Launch Event will zoom in the EU’s role in safeguarding democracy at home and globally, shedding a light on the EU’s legacy of the past years and the lessons for the next term after the 2024 European elections.
Read POLITICO Europe’s article on the Global State of Democracy 2023 Report and the EU’s efforts to defend democracy at home here.
We 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.
Mission of Norway to the European Union
With representatives from nearly all Norwegian ministries, the Mission is an important center of expertise on EU and EEA affairs for the Norwegian public administration. Main tasks include representing the Norwegian Government in Brussels and promoting the Government’s policies and positions vis-à-vis the European Union, as well as identifying at the earliest stage possible issues related to the EEA and Schengen cooperation that are of political or economic importance to Norway.
H.E Anders H. Eide, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the European Union
Sam Van der Staak, Director for Europe, International IDEA
MC: Marilyn Neven, Programme Manager EU Liaison, International IDEA
Hadja Lahbib, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions
Highlights of the Global State of Democracy 2023 Report
Dr Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessment Unit, International IDEA
Dr Adam Bodnar, Elected Senator of the Polish Senate and Dean of the Faculty of Law, SWPS University, Warsaw and former Member of International IDEA's Board of Advisers (video message)
The EU’s Role in Safeguarding Democracy – Unpacking the Importance of Democratic Institutions
Erica Gerretsen, Director Human Development, Migration, Governance and Peace, Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), European Commission
Paul Maassen, Chief Country Support and Secretary-General for Europe, Open Government Partnership
Dr Julia Leininger, Head of Programme, German Institute for Development and Sustainability and Member of International IDEA‘s Board of Advisers
Sarah Wheaton, Chief Policy Correspondent, POLITICO Europe
Moderator: Sam Van der Staak, Director for Europe, International IDEA
Questions & Answers
Christian Leffler, Former Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS and Chair of International IDEA’s Board of Advisers
Light snacks and beverages