Events

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Have a look at our interactive calendar for upcoming events held at EED offices and held in collaboration with our partners.

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Past events

Through events and collaboration with partners, EED seeks to create synergies, promote its work and results - and that of its grantees - and offer a platform for enhancing visibility.  Take a look through our past events listings to find out more. 

  • DIFFERENCE DAY 2021 - Women Breaking the news

    To celebrate UN World Press Freedom Day, the European Endowment for Democracy together with the other organising partners announce Difference Day 2021!

    We welcome you on 2 & 3 May for an event packed with insightful debates and speeches! 

    This 7th edition of Difference Day focuses on "Women Breaking the News".

    In spite of the progress made over the last 25 years—and there are more women in media and more female executives than ever before—media still churn out female stereotypes that limit the power of women in society. According to one global

  • The Voice and Resilience of Syrian Independent Media in 10 years of Conflict

    In the framework of the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29-30 March 2021, organised by the European Union, the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is co-organising an online event together with Free Press Unlimited and International Media Support (IMS) focused on independent media.

     Almost ten years of conflict have left Syrians worn out, divided, censored and scattered inside and outside the country. In the midst of the conflict, Syrian independent media has remained a significant driver of change bringing reliable information

  • Kosovo after Elections: Power Rotation or Paradigm Shift?

    In 2020, Kosovo* went through a series of political and institutional crises, with three prime ministers appointed in just one year. War crime indictments against former President Hashim Thaçi and other key politicians prominent during the 1998-99 Kosovo war forced their resignation from public office as they await trial in The Hague.

    On 14 February 2021, extraordinary parliamentary elections brought Lëvizja Vetëvendosje (Self-Determination Movement) to power in a landslide victory. For the first time in Kosovo’s history, one political party, a party in opposition throughout mo

  • Can dialogue foster real change? How think tanks and civil society can influence decision-makers in North Africa

    Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria were already in crisis long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic. All three countries are marked by rising socio-economic inequalities, lack of public services and widespread corruption. Political elites have been largely unresponsive with no demonstrated interest in genuine reform.Tunisia, once regarded as the only success of the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, is now on the verge of bankruptcy while its political class is accused of amateurism and inconsistencies leading to growing protest. In Morocco, de

  • Twenty years after Milošević: what has changed for Serbia?

    This live-streamed webinar will bring together well-known public figures and activists from Serbia, who will explore the changes in Serbia over the past 20 years. The speakers will discuss how the situation in the country has evolved, and how current levels of state capture compare to those of the 1990s.

    The 5th of October 2020 marks 20 years since the fall of Slobodan Milošević following mass citizen protests, an event that citizens had hoped would be a turning point for Serbia’s democratic future and for the possibility of EU integration. Two decades later, Serbia is now in it

  • Montenegro after the parliamentary elections: where to next?

    This webinar will focus on the repercussions of the parliamentary elections in Montenegro held on 30th August. In a surprise election result, President Milo Djukanovic, president for the past 30 years, did not secure a majority for his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and their traditional coalition partners. Eminent civil society practitioners from Montenegro will give their view on possible post-election developments in the country and will explore the likely effect on society.

    Analysts note that support of the ruling party fell significantly in the past year due both to high

  • Democracy Week | Overcoming Adversity, Innovating Democracy

    “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy. It represents a formidable global challenge to democracy.  Authoritarians around the world see the crisis as a new political battleground in their fight to stigmatize democracy as feeble and reverse its dramatic gains of the past few decades. The COVID-19 crisis is an alarming wake-up call, an urgent warning that the freedoms we cherish are at risk and that we must not take them for granted.” (A Cal

  • Ukraine Today: From 1 year of Zelensky to Covid-19 to upcoming local elections

    The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels in cooperation with the European Endowment for Democracy and with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation is organising an online-webinar “Ukraine Today: From 1 Year of Zelensky to Covid-19 to Upcoming Local Elections”.   This event will provide an overview of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s first year in office and will review current and upcoming challenges faced in the country. The recent report of the Razumkov Centre on the Year of President Volodymyr Zelensky: Achievements and Failures will be presente
  • Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    EED supports pro-democracy movements, working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system. In a time of pandemic and authoritarian advance, we need to come together for the defense of democracy, freedom and true information even more.

    EED is delighted to take part in the Copenhagen Democracy Summit organised by Alliance of Democracies on Thursday. the 18th of June. For the first time, the event will go virtual.

    Click here to register.

    Click here for further info on the event.

  • Lebanon at a Crossroads: Is Real Reform Possible?

    Lebanon remains a highly volatile sociopolitical and economic environment, compounded by a crippling financial crisis, a large protest movement nationwide, increasing tension among political and sectarian factions, and a large presence of Syrian refugees. Its vibrant civil society has played a leading role in pushing for reform to address the significant threats facing the country.

    While the unprecedented mass demonstrations that began in October 2019 succeeded in toppling the government of then-prime minister Saad Hariri, they have yet to lead to the radical change that many protes