The first European Civic Academy will look into the complex questions raised by citizens’ disenchantment, practice, and expectation with regard to democracy and in relation to the “democratic deficit” in Europe. The vote for Brexit is the latest illustration of the risk of the disintegration of the European project. For a long time now, democratic disenchantment has constantly been on the increase because of the growing gap between electoral promises and what elected representatives actually do, by the corruption that occurs where the vested interests of economic and political forces meet, by the lack of transparency of decision‐making processes which affect peoples’ lives, by growing social inequalities, by institutional disregard of popular mobilizations about access to rights, by the fear of exclusion, by growing poverty, and by growing state racism. The event will be organized in plenary debates with the contribution of academics and civil society experts and into workshops. The event is open to the participation of CSE members. More information is available here.
Source: Civil Society Europe