The European Economic and Social Committee's 12th Civil Society Media Seminar will look at European values as part of Europe's heritage. In the run-up to European elections, panellists will discuss the challenges and burning issues which are stirring contemporary Europe, such as multiculturalism, declining solidarity, growing nationalism and illiberalism. Together with communication professionals, they will explore what civil society can do to foster a Europe which upholds its heritage of values - respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.
Debates will take the shape of three thematic panels:
- European values vs extreme ideologies
- Is liberal democracy in danger and what does this mean for Europe?
- The future role of organised civil society in defending a democratic, value-based, united Europe.
See more about the conference here.
CMDS director Marius Dragomir will be a speaker in the 2nd panel of the conference:
Liberal democracy facing growing moves towards illiberal democracy in some Member States
Introduction into the topic:
- Violeta Jelić, member of the EESC employers' group (conf.)
The panel will cover the degradation of democracy, restriction of media freedom and breaches of the rule of law in some Member States. How can freedom of expression, freedom and diversity of the media, freedom of assembly be preserved? How to protect and reinforce the role and significance of organised civil society, and other actors such as non-governmental organisations? It will also focus on the alleged incapacity of the EU to solve social and economic problems, such as unemployment and growing inequalities.
- Christina Siganidou, journalist and TV presenter (conf.)
- Marius Dragomir, director of the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University
- Boris Kalnoky, Hungarian-American-German Middle East correspondent at Die Welt
- Sébastien Maillard, former journalist, director of the Jacques Delors Institut
- Edit Zgut, political analyst, journalist and teacher