RECONNECT Conference : Democracy and The Rule of Law in the EU
The program of the event includes two panels:
(1) Policy Roundtable: Democracy in the European Union
This panel will reflect on the most significant implications of the 2019 European Parliament elections and how these elections may mark a turning point for EU politics. The panel will assess where Europe stands in terms of achieving stronger democratic legitimacy and greater levels of citizen engagement, as well as the impact of the so-called Spitzenkandidaten system on the election turnout.
(2) Policy Roundtable: Rule of Law in the European Union
This panel reflects on the growing debate on how to further strengthen the rule of law within the EU, which has acquired a greater sense of urgency during the past year. In particular, the panel will assess the proposal to introduce a new mechanism to protect the EU’s budget in case of risks posed by generalised deficiencies of the rule of law in Member States, the proposed EU Council-led periodic peer review mechanism, and the many questions raised by the Commission in its Communication of 3 April 2019.