European and international responses to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on democracy

15 September 2020
15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)

The global pandemic has highlighted the resilience of our democratic institutions, the universal desire for fundamental freedoms, and the necessity of multilateralism.  

Yet the crisis has also shed light on the ease with which restrictions can be imposed on democratic checks and balances, civic participation, and human rights, and it has exposed challenges for cooperation in times of need.  

Now more than ever, the international community needs to stand up for democracy. In celebration of International Democracy Day, this high-level event will showcase visions of European and international leaders for the future of democracy support, post-pandemic. 



Opening message: 

David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament – pre-recorded message 


Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission – pre-recorded message  

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – pre-recorded message  

Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament  

Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA 


Peter Sondergaard, Director of Programmes, European Endowment for Democracy


This event is part of the sessions to celebrate Democracy Week 2020: Overcoming Adversity, Innovating Democracy

Partner Organizations/collaborators: 
European Endowment for Democracy (EED), European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), Carnegie Europe and the European Parliament.