What is happening with democracy and elections in Europe? To encourage discussion and to share information about key issues in European politics, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) holds monthly online discussions with experts and experienced practitioners, organized by its “Regional Elections Administration and Political Processes Strengthening” program and the IFES Regional Europe Office in Prague, Czech Republic. Participants have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their thoughts about the issue being discussed.
The Democratic Resilience in Europe discussion series has received broad interest and high-level participation. An array of international good practices and recommendations have been identified, and these insights have provided integral input to the actions of election management bodies, observers, and advocacy groups.
Since early 2020, IFES has held regular online discussions on issues related to electoral integrity and democratic resilience in Europe. As of November 2022, 23 installments have been held with the participation of over 2,200 people from 95 countries.
"Ending Impunity: Investigating Money in Politics Offenses in Europe"
Despite landmark legal reforms in Europe, corrupt behavior in the political process and irregular enforcement continue to make headlines in Europe. While the primary approach to political finance should be encouraging compliance rather than punitive sanctions, the threat of sanctions needs to be present to deter and make the role of money in politics more transparent and equitable.
This online discussion will explore the role of oversight bodies, law enforcement, and civil society organizations in detecting and investigating political finance violations. Practitioners will share their institution’s toolbox and practices on types of liabilities and sanctions for civil, administrative, and criminal violations, including resources and impartiality challenges, and how to ensure proactive investigation to reduce political corruption. The event will be held live via Zoom in English.
Nikoleta Diossy, Senior Program Officer, Regional Europe Office, IFES
- Alexandra Carmen Lăncrănjan, Chief Prosecutor from Romania National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA)
- Pauline Matveeff, Member of the Board of Directors, Anticor Association, France
- Laura Stefan, Executive Director, Expert Forum Romania
- Typhaine Roblot, Sr. Justice & Legal Advisor, Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust, IFES
- Slovak Parliamentary Elections in an Era of Disinformation: Post-Election Debrief
- Administering Elections in Europe During a Pandemic
- Preserving Electoral Integrity During an Infodemic
- Promoting Digital Youth Civic Engagement
- How to Build a Democracy that’s Designed for All?: Promoting Access and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
- Safeguarding Electoral Integrity Through Better Cybersecurity
- Recent European Elections During the Pandemic: Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine
- Gender Dimensions of Disinformation in Elections, Politics and the Digital Information Space
- Democratic Resilience After One Year of the Pandemic
- Abuse of State Resources: Risks and Solutions
- Recent Elections in Albania, Bulgaria and Cyprus During the Pandemic
- Electoral Justice in Europe During the Pandemic
- Parliamentary Elections and Politics in Russia
- Countering Kremlin Influence in European Democratic Processes
- Finding the Balance—Counteracting Disinformation without Restricting Free Speech
- The Current and Future Role of Political Parties in European Countries
- Tearing Down the Curtain: Countering the Kremlin's Information War
- Democratic Challenges in Europe: Recent Elections in Serbia and Hungary—What Lies Ahead?
- Digital Transformation as an Anti-Corruption Tactic: Evidence and Experience from Europe
- Malign Kremlin Influence on Democratic Institutions: The Case of the Czech Republic and Implications for Central Europe
- Protecting Free Speech in Europe—How to Stop Strategic Lawsuits Against Political Participation
- Foreign Manipulation of Democratic Processes, Recent META Report on the U.S. and the Czech Republic
- The Ambition Gap?—Barriers to the Participation of Women in Politics