Simon de Leeuw
Researcher & Programme Maker

Civic Council on European Democracy – Talks Across Europe #2: Palermo, Sicily

Civic Council on European Democracy – Talks Across Europe #2: Palermo, Sicily

Leading European artists and thinkers convene with citizens from Palermo, Sicily, to discuss how we can make our democracies function better.
Friday 12 March 2021 15:30–18:00
Saturday 13 March 2021 10:00–12:30

National governments all across Europe order their citizens to stay in the confinement of their homes via the freedom-inhibiting curfews. In times of technocratic decision-making and crisis-managing, it is often unclear which information our leaders are basing their verdicts on. How can we as citizens hold our elected officials accountable for their policy implementations?

Especially in this historic crisis, democracies need protection. Citizens need to be able to hold our representatives responsible at a time when their endeavours remain unknown to many Europeans. This begs the question of what we all can do to improve the working of our democracies under the current circumstances. 

During these two think tank sessions under the umbrella of the Forum on European Culture, we will critically assess our current democratic systems and come up with concrete recommendations to send to leaders, both at the national and at the European level. The Civic Council will gather for three sessions, spread across three critical locations in Europe.

Programme 12 March 2021

Time: 15:30 - 18:00 CET
Location: Zoom from De Balie, Amsterdam
Programme 13 March 2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:30 CET
Location: Zoom, De Balie, Amsterdam. 

Confirmed participants: Lina Issa, Mathieu Segers, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Réka Kinga Papp, Geraldine Schwarz, Simon Strauss, Yoeri Albrecht, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Rytis Zemkauskas, Niccolò Milanese, Virginia Fiume, Yasmine Ouhirane, Andrea Garreffa, Federico Fubini, Lorenzo Castellani, Jamie Mackay, Barbara Leda Kenny, Eric Jozsef and Emma Esini.

In cooperation with European Alternatives, this occasion will involve Sicilian citizens who contribute their insights to the discussion. This is one of the key regions where these topics are of great concern. 

Note: This is a non-public Zoom gathering. We will share the full registration of both sessions afterwards, as well as a written report.

Civic Council on European Democracy – Talks Across Europe #1: Amsterdam

Below, you can re-watch the recording of the first Civic Council session, which took place in Amsterdam during the Forum on European Culture in September 2020. The third and final session is planned for Warsaw in the summer of 2021, in cooperation with the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation. 

After the kick-off of the first discussion, professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration (Maastricht University) and contributor Mathieu Segers wrote an extended version of his contribution on the myth of a ‘European finality'. 

This program is part of the Forum on European Culture, an initiative by DutchCulture and De Balie, and is made possible by the Europe for Citizens-programme.