Roundtable Discussion: The Other Democratic Deficit

The Other Democratic Deficit – a Toolbox for the EU to Safeguard Democracy in EU Member States

Lisbon, 19 November 2018, 14h30-16h30

Hotel Lisboa Plaza, Travessa do Salitre 7 (Metro “Avenida”)

The European Union’s fundamental values have come under pressure in a number of member states. Recently, EU institutions have shown more commitment to defending these common values, yet to this day, the available instruments have proven insufficient. In order to find ways to uphold democracy and the rule of law within the EU, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung convened a group of recognised experts from politics, civil society and academia who developed ideas on how the EU could safeguard democracy in its member states. These instruments were recently published in a policy paper which will be discussed in this event (the policy paper is available at As European leaders increasingly become aware of the urgent need for action and negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework get underway, the question of how the EU’s values can be safeguarded should be part of these debates.

14:15 Registration
14:30 Welcome
Reinhard Naumann, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Lisbon
14:35 Safeguarding democracy in EU member states – which instruments?
Juliane Schulte, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Michael Meyer-Resende, Executive Director, Democracy Reporting International
Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament
Comments on the recommendations by
MP Pedro Delgado Alves, Assembleia da República, Lisbon
Tiago Fernandes, Department of Political Studies and IPRI – Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Nova University of Lisbon
15:30 Discussion/Q&A
Moderator: Fernando Pereira Marques, FINISTERRA – Journal for Critical Thought, Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History – New University of Lisbon
16:30 End of event