Attacks on democratic institutions across the world are increasing. Coupled with this are the aftershocks of Covid-19, media disinformation, and the Russian occupation of Ukraine in Europe, which have made the defence of the pillars of democracy more important than ever; human rights to democratic governance, intellectual freedom, and moral equality.
That is why today, the European Research Executive Agency (REA) celebrates the UN’s International Day of Democracy, #IDD22. This year’ #IDD22 will focus on media freedom and how it can promote peace and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
EU-funded research and innovation projects are working to uphold, protect and expand the values of democracy via transparent funding, freethinking and international exchanges. Key examples of these REA funded projects, events, reports, articles and social media posts, disseminated via a myriad of communication channels, can be explored bellow.
Reconnecting citizens with democracy
The RECONNECT (Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law) project set out to identify measures which could be taken to address the rule of law and democratic backsliding in Member States as well as citizens’ concerns with the Union. The RECONNECT team created a massive open online course (MOOC), which reached over 2500 learners from 90 different countries. The group recommended that the EU set up an independent expert commission to observe the quality of public discourse, and called upon the European Commission to use its powers to translate shared values of democracy and the rule of law into practice.
Find out more about RECONNECT, it’s Youth Resources or reports on: EU Treaty Changes and the Charter of Fundamental Rights and New Narrative for a Citizen’s Europe
Young people’s voices at the centre of youth employment policy
The EU-funded UPLIFT (Urban PoLicy Innovation to address inequality with and for Future generaTions) project aims to address socio-economic challenges, that have only been heightened by the COVID-19 crisis, by putting young people at the centre of their research. UPLIFT plans to release a co-created policy tool – the Reflexive Policy Agenda – that will offer tangible policy solutions to address and reduce inequality and socio-economic divisions. UPLIFT will attend the 4th public participation and deliberative democracy festival: session 21 Oct 11 – 12
Find out more about UPLIFT
Fight for truth
Check out REA’s article on misinformation, you’ll learn about digital disinformation and how it remains a serious threat to the freedoms democracy grants EU citizens daily. You’ll also learn about how REA is committed to funding research projects designed to tackle online misinformation for a safer, more transparent EU.
More projects supporting democracy
Check out our Twitter thread for more projects that are supporting democracy by building back trust in public institutions. It includes the Peritia-Trust project, the TiGre project, and the EnTrust project.
Also, read about more projects in a REA article that recently signed grant agreements with the European Commission—several of these will continue vital research into nurturing democracy.
Horizon Europe’s Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society funds and manages projects that help foster democracy. Check out the Funding and Tenders Portal for upcoming calls for applications for funding.
On September 15th, get involved using #IDD2022 or #Democracy online!
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