- Public web-streamed session
Topic: As the cornerstone of any democracy, free, fair and resilient elections are essential to preserve the confidence of citizens in the Union and its institutions, and in ensuring representation and accountability.
The European parliamentary elections in 2024 will enable citizens to shape, in the most direct way, the future of the Union for the next 5 years. They are organised by the 27 EU Member States and the European institutions working together, to include over 400 million voters and elect future MEPs from tens of thousands of candidates.
The opening session of the high-level event will discuss the importance of supporting democracy, including high turnout and inclusive participation in the elections to the European Parliament. The session will also address key challenges around the next elections to the European Parliament, addressing topics such as elections’ integrity, disinformation, interference including by third countries and how technology has transformed the conduct of democratic processes.
Opening address by Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
- Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
- María Lledó, Secretary General for the European Union, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
- Charles Goerens, Member of the European Parliament
- Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions (remotely)
- Federica Mogherini, Rector of the College of Europe
- Franziska Schweitzer, Young European voter
MODERATOR: Florence Ranson