|Title||Civil participation and the European Elections 2019|
|Publication Type||Konferencia kiadvány / Conference Paper|
|Év / Year||2019|
|Konferencia neve / Conference Name||European Elections 2019 - Renewing the Political Agenda for a United Europe|
|Kiadó / Publisher||Hungarian Europe Society|
The aim of this paper is to explore in what ways civil society participates and shapes the European Parliamentary elections and the campaign in 2019. Due to digitalisation civil society actors have new tools and platforms to mobilise and organise citizens, plus European Union institutions show a growing interest to provide space for civil dialogue and strengthen civil society. On the other hand, civil society is under great pressure in some of the member states, especially in countries where the ruling parties have an anti-European and populist orientation. Restrictive laws, scarce funding, criminalisation are part of the challenges that civil society actors are facing EU-wide nowadays, therefore, it is particularly relevant to map the diverse and dynamic landscape of the European civil space and to explore what roles different civil society actors currently play in the European level politics and particularly in relation to the elections.
The Hungarian Europe Society held an international conference supported by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit entitled "European Elections 2019 - Renewing the Political Agenda for a United Europe" on 12-13 April 2019 at the Ibis Styles Budapest Center (Rákóczi út 58, H-1074 Budapest).