The official launch of the Democracy Here | Democracy Now takes place on 21 March 2022, 14:00-15:00 Strasbourg time in the Foyer of the Assembly in Palais d'Europe. The event is also livestreamed here.
The programme of the launching event includes addresses from:
Mr. Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Ambassador Michele Giacomelli, Permanent representative of Italy and President of the Ministers’ Deputies (tbc)
Ms. Laura Lauro, Spokesperson on Youth of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Mr. Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs
Ms Carole Zielinski, Deputy Mayor of the City of Strasbourg
Ms. Miriam Teuma, Chair of the Joint Council on Youth and of the European Steering Committee for Youth
Ms. Andrea Ugrinoska, Chair of the Advisory Council on Youth
Mr. Frédéric Piccavet, Vice-President of the European Youth Forum
The launch is organised with the occasion of the 46th meeting of the Joint Council on Youth who will attend the event on the spot and online together with representatives of the Permanent Representations to the Council of Europe, campaigners and activitsts from all over Europe.
Democracy Here | Democracy Now is a Council of Europe youth campaign for revitalising democracy and for strengthening mutual trust between young people and democratic institutions and processes. The Campaign focuses on access to human rights, meaningful youth participation and the impact of digitalisation as factors of democratisation.
The Campaign is based on activities undertaken with young people and youth organisations at local, national and international levels, supported by national contact points and European partners. These activities are supported and connected by the Council of Europe; the results and proposals emerging from young people will be organised and integrated in a call for action. The Campaign is democratic: young people and their organisations explore the topic of revitalisation of democracy and make the proposals to be translated into policy and programmes at Council of Europe level.