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Special emphasis is placed on:
  • ​What are the perspectives for ongoing electoral reforms ahead of the 2024 European elections? ​
  • ​How are the envisaged reforms enhancing the equality and inclusion of electoral participation across the EU member states? ​
  • ​What are the best measures to enhance the overall participation of women in elections? ​
  • ​What are remaining obstacles, and which measures work best, to increase the accessibility of elections for persons with disabilities? ​
  • ​What needs to be done to maintain and increase the participation of youth and first-time voters in the 2024 European Parliament elections?​
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AGENDA

16.00 Welcome and introduction to SEEEDS
Michael Lidauer, Election-Watch.EU Carolin Johnson, European Partnership for Democracy 16.10 Input Statements
Domènec Ruiz Devesa, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group, EU Election Observation Mission Chief Observer Urszula Gacek, Senior Diplomat, former Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group, OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Head of Mission Alejandro Moledo, Deputy Director European Disability Forum (EDF), PWD rights advocate Noémie Arcidiacono, President Agora Election Observation, Youth CSO leader 16.40 Q&A Session
17.10 Closing remarks
The webinar "Transparency in European Elections" provides an overview of the state of knowledge on transparency and targeting of political advertising in the European Parliament elections. Particular attention will be given to upcoming regulations to political advertising, algorithms-led online campaigning, disinformation, and monitoring of social media.
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Special emphasis is placed on:
  • What are the main changes for political advertising from the 2019 to the 2024 European elections?
  • How are the envisaged reforms enhancing transparency of political competition across the EU Member States?
  • What measures are envisaged to avoid bias against women and minorities of algorithm-led online campaigning?
  • Which are the most effective measures to counter disinformation and information from malicious actors from inside and outside the EU?
  • Which strategies and methodologies are envisaged to monitor social media networks and platforms and their compliance with the new EU regulations during the 2024 European elections?
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Agenda

16.00 Welcome and introduction to SEEEDS
Mr. Armin Rabitsch, Chairperson Election-Watch.EU
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Status quo on political advertising regulation in the EU
Mr. Fernando Hortal Foronda, Digital Policy Officer, European Partnership for Democracy
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16.10 Input Statements
Ms. Alexandra Geese, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA
Mr. Edvin Hasangjekaj, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, current EU Presidency
Mr. Francesco Sciacchitano, AGCOM Senior Legal Officer and Chair of the ERGA Task Force on Political Ads
Ms. Eliska Pirkova, Europe Senior Policy Analyst and Global Freedom of Expression Lead; Access Now
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16.40 Q&A Session
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17.10 Closing remarks
Elections to the European Parliament (EP) are regulated by the national legislations of all 27 Member States as well as EU-level regulations. When looking at the issue of political party finance and campaign spending, there is a variety of regulatory approaches across the EU.
During this webinar, we will disentangle the regulatory jungle between the EU and national levels and look at how discrepancies in political finance oversight can affect equality of opportunity and transparency in the European elections.
We will focus on enforcement mechanisms that have been developed at both levels:
  • The firewall between EU and national level legislation concerning how European political parties can be funded and can participate in the elections;
  • The role of the EU in promoting best practices among Member States concerning accountability in the political finance sphere.
The discussion builds upon the findings and recommendations made in the study published by SEEEDS’s project partner the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) “PUZZLING RULES – ​EQUAL GAME? - Comparing political finance regulations across the EU”.
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Agenda

16.00 Welcome and introduction to SEEEDS
Ms. Kira Mössinger, Program Manager of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) 16.05 Panel discussion
Moderator:
Mr. Alexander Shlyk, International Election Expert, former Head of the Election Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Co-author of the EPDE study)
Panelists:
Ms. Lina Petronienė, Head of the Division of Political Parties and Political Campaigns Funding Control of the Central Electoral Commission of Lithuania Ms. Barbara Jouan Stonestreet, Senior Legal Expert with the French National Commission on Campaign Accounts and Political Party Financing (CNCCFP) (Co-author of the EPDE study) Mr. Quentin Reed, Political Finance Expert engaged in research on national provisions affecting European political parties and European political foundations Ms. Shari Hinds, Policy Officer on EU Political Integrity at Transparency International EU 16.40 Q&A Session 17.10 Closing remarks
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This webinar provides an overview of the state of knowledge on inherent risks and opportunities arising from the European Parliament elections.
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.
Beyond these topics, the webinar content will be determined by the results of a survey that the consortium will run for two weeks via newsletter and social media channels and which will determine the main risks and opportunities of the target audience. Furthermore, the webinar session will be structured with the help of a digital co-working board to which the live-audience can contribute to, to guide the panellists in the discussion.

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Agenda

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 digital board
Ms Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Islandic Diplomat, Former Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights,
Ms Sabrina Spieleder, Team Leader, Policy, strategy and global priority issues, European External Action Service.
Ms Camino Mortera-Martinez, Head of the Brussels Office, Centre for European Reform,
Professor Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris.
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17.00 Q&A Session
17.25 Closing remarks
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Webinar 1
Webinar 2
Webinar 3
Webinar 4

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Webinar: Transparency in European Elections

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Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 16.00-17.30 h - More details and registration will follow soon.

Webinar: Accountability in the European Elections

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Tuesday, 28 March 2023, 16.00-17.30 h - More details and registration will follow soon.

Webinar: Risks and Opportunities in the European Elections

Tuesday, 25 April 2023, 16.00-17.30 h - More details and registration will follow soon.
These webinars are co-funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of SEEEDS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.
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