Civic Council – Talks Across Europe #2

Leading international artists and thinkers discuss with citizens from Palermo how we can make our democracies function better.

Programme editor / moderator
Anne-Marijn Epker
National governments all across Europe order their citizens to stay in the confinement of their homes via the freedom-inhibiting curfews. In these times of technocratic decision-making and crisis-managing, it is often unclear which information our leaders are basing their verdicts on. How can we as citizens hold our elected officials accountable for their policy implementations?

Especially in this historic crisis, it is of utmost importance that we protect our European democracies and give each individual a voice. As citizens, we need to be able to hold our representatives responsible at a time when their endeavors remain unknown to many Europeans. This begs the question of what we all can do to improve the working of our democracies under the current circumstances.

During this thinktank session, we will critically assess current democratic systems and come up with concrete recommendations to send to leaders, both at the national and European level.

About the Civic Council on European Democracy

The Civic Council will gather for three sessions, spread across three critical locations in Europe. In cooperation with European Alternatives, this next occasion will include Sicilian citizens who will contribute their insights to the discussion. This is one of the key regions where these topics are of great concern.

Our list of speakers is extensive and comprises the following great minds of Europe: Mathieu Segers, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Reka Kinka Papp, Geraldine Schwarz, Simon Strauss, Yoeri Albrecht, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Rytis Zemkauskas, Niccolo Milanese, Virginia Fiume, Alberto Alemanno, Yasmine Ouhirane, Federico Fubini, Lorenzo Castellani, Jamie Mackay, Barbara Leda Kenny, Eric Jozsef, Emma Esini, and Lina Issa.

The first Civic Council session took place in Amsterdam during the Forum on European Culture and the third and final session is planned for Warsaw in the summer of ’21 in cooperation with Gazeta Wyborcza.

This program is part of the Forum on European Culture and is made possible by Europe for Citizens.


Kalypso NicolaïdisSteering Committee
Géraldine SchwarzSteering Committee
Niccolò MilaneseSteering Committee
Simon StraussSteering Committee
Mathieu SegersSteering Committee

Photo credit: Gianni Cipriano

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