SAVE THE DATE: Democracy Is (No!) Fiction | Developing Concepts and Strategies For an Inclusive and Participatory Europe

13 January 2020

Haus der Europäischen Union, Vienna, Austria


Keynote speech: Ivan KRASTEV, Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia


As part of the IDM and DRC Jean Monnet Project “From Fictional to Functioning Democracy (FIFUDEM)”, the conference brings up the problem of fictional democracy - a new form of façade democracy that produces illiberal fictions of democracy. It aims at creating new visions for actively committed citizenship in a functioning democracy, embedded in a common and inclusive European Union. In order to achieve this, academics and researchers specialised in EU matters, as well as civil society activists, stakeholders and practitioners and EU representatives are invited to develop strategies of strengthening active and participatory citizenship and functioning political communication methodologies.


Confirmed attendees include amongst others Ivan KRASTEVGertraud ILLMEIER (Interkulturelles Zentrum, Vienna), Ulrike LUNACEK (Former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Vienna), Katarína MATHERNOVÁ (Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission, Brussels), Hedvig MORVAI (Erste Foundation, Vienna), Ivanka POPOVIC (Rector of the University of Belgrade, President of the Danube Rectors’ Conference), Wojciech PRZYBYLSKI (Editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight and chairman of Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw), Martin SELMAYR (Representative of the European Commission in Austria), Mihai Răzvan UNGUREANU (University of Bucharest, former Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister, Romania), Kristina VOKO (Country Director Albania at Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Tirana), Vuk VELEBIT (Political analyst ( & civic activist, Belgrade) and Erhard BUSEK (IDM).



You can find more information as well as the detailed programme here.