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EED marks 10 years at Open Session of Board of Governors at Egmont Palace

On Monday 3 July, EED celebrated its 10th anniversary with an Open Session of its Board of Governors at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Moderated by David McAllister MEP, Chair of the EED Board of Governors, the Open Board saw interventions by Hadja Lahbib, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova in a live video intervention; Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights; Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Head of United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus; Oleksandra Matviichuk, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and director of the Center for Civil Liberties from Ukraine; as well as Jan Knutsson, Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs; Wojciech Gerwel, Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Jan Marian, Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Difference Day

“At the start of the [Nagorno-Karabakh] war I wrote essays from a personal standpoint and found thousands of negative and harassing messages on my social media. Leaving your country may not stop the violence and online harassment”

- Arzu Geybulla

L’Heure d’Hiver Istanbul Film Festival

EED took part in the L’Heure d’Hiver film festival in Brussels, focused on cinema from the MENA region, with the screening of two Turkish films produced with EED’s support.

The screenings were followed by discussions with directors Jeyan Kader Gülşen and Zekiye Kaçak and writer Aslı Erdoğan, who discussed their lived experiences of navigating life in an authoritarian and conservative society.

Democracy Support Summit

EED convened a two-day “Democracy Support Summit” to mark the 2023 International Day of Democracy, consisting of a Transatlantic Dialogue and the International Democracy Day Brussels event.

Transatlantic Dialogue

The closed-door Transatlantic Dialogue brought together members of the democracy support community from both sides of the Atlantic with senior stakeholders from European institutions and Member States for a private dialogue on the evolving democracy environment in which we work.

International Day of Democracy Brussels

The ninth edition of International Democracy Day Brussels took place on 14 and 15 September at the European Committee of the Regions under the title “An Era of Democratic Unrest?”

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