The problems facing democracy in Europe today include low levels of public participation and low support for political representation. Many citizens lack trust in government or political parties, but at the same time take part in large protests demanding responsive and accountable government. Recent developments have rapidly increased the demand for International IDEA’s support by actors across the region.
At its liaison office to the EU, International IDEA represents our country programmes around the globe and our knowledge resources on democracy before EU institutions. Our goal is to impact their decision-making, to restore faith in democratic institutions, and address the question of how to recapture the energy of our young citizens. As countries in the East, from Ukraine to Moldova, experience significant democratic challenges, we also work to provide expertise and technical support to their reforms. Lastly, we convene democratic institutions from EU member states to exchange approaches to democratic innovations, such as cybersecurity in elections or the use of ICT by political parties.