Public Forum

Event date: 2 July 2012, 9.00am - 12.10am

Venue: CEPS Meeting Room

Venue address: 1, Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels 

Preliminary Programme:

  • 9.00 am - 9.10 am: Opening of the public forum by Karel Lannoo (CEPS Chief Executive Officer)
  • 9.10 am - 9.30 am: Keynote speech by Pierre Vimont (Secretary-General of the EEAS)
  • 9.30 am - 10.30 am: Discussion session 1 (Theme 1: deep democracy vs shallow democracy; Theme 2: development vs democracy).
  • 10.30 am - 11.00 am: Coffee break
  • 11.00 am - 12.00 am: Discussion session 2 (Theme 3: The substance of EU democracy promotion in comparison with other actors; Theme 4: Domestic resonance of the EU's model of democracy promotion).
  • 12.00 am - 12.10 am: Closing remarks by Michael Emerson


  • Balthasar Benz (EEAS)
  • Gordon Crawford (University of Leeds)
  • Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi* (University of Ghana - Ghana Centre for Democratic Development)
  • Jacqueline Hale (Open Society Institute)
  • Abdallah Helmy (El Sadat Association for Social Development and Welfare)
  • Milja Kurki (Aberystwyth University)
  • Jan Orbie (Ghent University)
  • Iryna Solonenko* (International Renaissance Foundation)
  • Pirkka Tipiola (EEAS)
  • Anne Wetzel (Mannheim University)

Moderator: Jelmen Haaze (journalist)

Participation to this event is free of charge, but registration is required at the website of CEPS.

This event is organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies and * with additional financial support of VEWA (Association of Educative and and Scientific Authors).

For a youtube video documentation of the event see here.