2023 INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS
Political Parties & Perspectives on Democracy
15 - 16 May 2023 • Residence Palace, Brussels
The International Forum of Political Foundations, titled “Political Parties and Perspectives of Democracy”, organised by the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) is a pilot cross-party initiative with the goal of bringing together different European political foundations and their partners. Ultimately, it aims at triggering an exchange on how to support and strengthen political parties that are committed to the promotion and defence of liberal, representative democracy, free and fair elections, independent judiciary, free media, and human rights.
This International Forum pursues the following objectives:
- Analysis of current challenges for liberal democracy and the role of political parties and political foundations in view of actual threats for democratic regimes;
- Presentation and cross-party exchange of experiences and best practices among parties and political foundations;
- Exchange on policies and intra-party reforms in defence and resilience against democratic threats;
- Encouragement to build modern party structures and to make integrity a distinctive feature of party leadership.
09:30 Welcome & coffee
10:00 Youth & Innovation: What does the future hold?
This session will focus on youth participation in political parties. It will discuss the opportunities ahead of young party members as well as the solutions that young people can offer to parties in tackling non-voter turnout and mistrust towards the institution. It will shed light on existing best practices linked to democratic innovation and civic engagement.
President of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)
Dan-Aria Sucuri is the current president of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC), a pan-European youth organization that aims to promote liberal values and encourage international cooperation. LYMEC brings together young liberals from all over Europe and provides a platform for them to engage in political activism and contribute to shaping the future of Europe. Dan-Aria Sucuri, who lives in Sweden has been involved in liberal politics for several years and has a background in the Swedish party Liberalerna. He advocates for youth engagement in politics and has emphasized the importance of young people having a voice in decision-making processes.
Author and Expert on Youth Participation
Corina Pîrvulescu is a professional and activist in youth participation, with a particular interest in young voters´ engagement in electoral processes. Over the past 15 years, she has volunteered and worked with very diverse youth-led and youth-focused organisations, both in Europe and the USA, as a Fellow of the State Department Exchange Programme.
Corina is an EMPA candidate at the Hertie School in Berlin focusing her research on impact of digitalization on electoral processes, works with a pan-European, youth focused organization in Brussels and and co-authored the upcoming study on Youth Engagement for ENoP, showcasing the work of Political Foundations in supporting youth participation.
She led multiple national and European political-neutral campaigns for young voters´ engagement and has gained grass roots experience in Chicago, IL, working to mobilise young people to the polls. In addition, she consulted for various international organisations, such as UNICEF or the Council of Europe. On the long term, she hopes to shape policies and public conversations on the power of youth vote.
Democratic Innovation Advisor, Parlement Francophone Bruxellois
Passionate about deliberative democracy since attending the Irish Constitutional Convention on marriage equality (2011), Jonathan was actively involved at the G1000, of which he became the co-coordinator during a few years (2014-2019). In this context, he presented the process at various (inter)national conferences. In 2017, he designed the citizens' assembly for the Green Party in Belgium. Since November 2019, he is working as an advisor in democratic innovation for the president of the French-speaking Brussels Parliament, where he has the opportunity to lead the design, implementation and evaluation of the deliberative committees, a world première which brings together randomly selected citizens and parliamentarians on a permanent basis. With the experience he has acquired over the last ten years in the sector, Jonathan has accompanied the development of many major democratic innovations including: the first citizens' assembly in the Balkans (Montenegro) for the European Parliament, the permanent citizens' assembly in Paris, the permanent citizens' assembly on climate in Brussels, the national agora on fair transition in Belgium). He is a member of the OECD's expert network on citizen participation.
Programme Coordinator Youth Cohort, European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)
Strong with a background both in communication and polarisation thematics, Anne is now programme coordinator at the European Partnership for Democracy where she's in charge with the global advocacy of the WYDE Youth programme (Women & Youth in Democracy initiative), an EU funded programme aiming at improving and developing youth participation in civic and political life. As such, she's also in charge with the co-coordination of the Youth Democracy Cohort.
Head of International Relations at the Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy
11:30 Political Foundations as bridge builders between civil society and political actors
This session will explore the importance of building partnerships aimed at creating more inclusive and democratically resilient societies fit to face the challenges of a global and interconnected world. It will reflect on the role that political foundations play in connecting civil society with political actors.
KEYNOTE VIDEO ADDRESS
European Commissioner for for International Partnerships
Co-President of transform! europe
Cornelia Hildebrandt is a philosopher and senior research fellow for political parties, social movements, and Christian-Marxist dialogue at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Institute for Critical Social Analysis, as well as co-president of transform! Europe.
Maria João Rodrigues
President of the European Foundation of Progressive Studies (FEPS)
Maria João Rodrigues, former Portuguese Minister of Employment in Portugal of PM Antonio Guterres, is a European politician with a large track in different European institutions: EU Presidencies, Council, European Council, European Commission and, more recently, European Parliament where she was Vice-President of S&D Group, the second most important EP Group, in charge of the general coordination and interface with the other EU institutions.
She played a relevant role in several important European initiatives as: the Lisbon Treaty, the Lisbon and the Europe 2020 strategy (the EU's agenda for growth and jobs), the Eurozone reform, the interface with EU strategic partners, the roadmap for EU’s future and, more recently, the European Pillar of Social Rights. She is now involved in developing the plans to respond to the COVID crisis.
She is currently the President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), a European political foundation located in Brussels, financed by the EU budget to support EU policy-making and debate, with UN observer status and counting with a network of partners across Europe and the world.
Political Director of the Green European Foundation
Laurent Standaert is the Political Director of the Green European Foundation. He was previously Political Director at the Ecolo Green party in Belgium and Editor-in-chief of the Green European Journal. Before joining the Green European movement, he worked on international affairs, development, and gender issues as well as on decentralisation for the United Nations and for European organisations in West Africa and in Europe. Laurent studied anthropology in London and business management in Brussels and Warsaw as well as philosophy in Louvain, Belgium. He is the father of the wonderful Lena and belongs to rare crowd of Belgium-Brussels born people living in Brussels.
Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Dr. Peter Hefele graduated in Economics and Economic History from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in 1997. He worked as an economic researcher at the Institute for Economy and Society/Bonn and joined the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in 2003 as Head of the Economic Policy/Political Education Department. In 2006, he became Head of the China, Southeast Asia, India Department in the Asia and Pacific Team of the KAS in Berlin.
From December 2010 to February 2015, he worked as Head of the China Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Shanghai. From March 2015 to April 2019, he was Head of the Regional Project "Energy Security and Climate Change" (RECAP), based in Hong Kong SAR/PR China. Between May 2019 and December 2020, he was the Director Asia and Pacific of KAS in Berlin.
Since January 2022, he has been Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the European People's Party EPP, in Brussels. His work focuses on foreign and security policy, economic policy, international development cooperation and energy/climate policy. He is also an expert on political, economic and social developments in Asia and China.
He is fluent in German, English and Hungarian, has good knowledge of French and Italian and basic knowledge of Chinese.
Executive Director, the European Network of Political Foundations
12:30 Concluding remarks & end of the International Forum
Executive Director, the European Network of Political Foundations
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