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Webinar: Risks and Opportunities in the European Elections

(April 12, 2023)


We kindly invite you to the fourth webinar of our new project “Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic Societies(SEEEDS) on 25 April 2023 at 4pm.

Register here to join the Zoom webinar.

This webinar provides an overview of the risks and opportunities of the European Parliament elections in 2024. Particular attention will be given to the implications of the rule of law crisis, matters of media freedom as well as disinformation and cyber-attacks. But these elections also offer the opportunity to make the EU more democratic for example through increased awareness and participation.

     Special emphasis is placed on:

  • How does the rule of law crisis affect the elections?
  • What are the challenges in campaigning in Member States with a captured media landscape?
  • Which legitimacy have election results ratified by national courts which are under allegation of being politically staffed?
  • What is the prospect and tools of mal-intended interference (both foreign and from within MS) in elections?
  • What chances for reform are these elections offering?

Beyond these topics, the webinar content will be determined by the results of a survey of the target audience and its perception of risks and opportunities in the upcoming European elections.  Furthermore, the webinar session will be structured with the help of a collaborative online tool to which the live-audience can contribute to, to guide the panellists in the discussion.

Take the survey here.

Webinar details

Time: 4pm-5.30pm (CET)
Date: Tuesday 25 April
Format: Online (Zoom webinar)
In partnership with: European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), , and Democracy Reporting International (DRI)



16.00 – Welcome and introduction to SEEEDS

  • Mr Michael Meyer-Resende, Executive Director, DRI

16.05 – Introduction of the panel by the moderator, presentation of the results from the survey

  • Ms Amanda Coakley, Senior Staff Reporter, Coda Story

16.10 – Input statements and commenting on audience contributions via online tool

  • Ms Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Former Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

  • Ms Camino Mortera-Martinez, Head of the Brussels Office, Centre for European Reform

  • Professor Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris

  • Ms Sabrina Spieleder, Team Leader, Policy, strategy and global priority issues, European External Action Service

17.00 – Q&A Session

17.25 – Closing remarks


The webinar series is part of the “Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic Societies” (SEEEDS) project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the following organisations:

The invitation can be downloaded below:

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