25-28 August 2018

MED x European Forum Alpbach: Democracy at Stake

This collaboration was organized together with European Forum Alpbach. OED Collaborations activate external partnerships to deliver its members with tailored events designed around a variety of themes, audiences and objectives. To know more about collaborations click here.

In a joint cooperation with European Forum Alpbach, for the first time, the Mercator European Dialogue provided members of its network with the special opportunity to be selected for a scholarship to join the high-level political symposium of the forum, benefit from side-meetings exclusively designed for parliamentarians and connect to actors and innovators in their fields of interest, in the inspiring surroundings of the Austrian Alps.

Together with civil society experts, innovators in participatory politics as well as fellow parliamen­tarians, the exclusive Mercator European Dialogue side-meeting offered MPs the opportunity to share first-hand information, discuss new concepts around participatory democracy, and share the de­velopments from their own country. Members of the MED network as well as MPs present at the Alpbach forum attended the meeting, representing voices from across Europe, including Austria, the UK, the Netherlands, Romania, Germany, Greece and Latvia.

The MED further used the occasion of the forum to convene its “Inaugural meeting of the MP Steering Committee”, to inform and consult members of the committee on latest and future developments in the network and ensure the network’s activities and overall direction are aligned with its members’ interests.

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Outcomes Report
26 August 2018
Outcomes Report
From the MP Meeting at the European Forum Alpbach, 2018

What can parliamentarians do to better participatory politics in their constituencies? During the conversations, they shared their own participatory tools and best practices from their political careers.
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