Joint Policy Forum Brussels-Bialystok: Elections to the European Parliament as a Challenge for Democracy

15 Apr 2014 14:00
15 Apr 2014 17:30

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 14:00 – 17:30
University of Bialystok, Poland

The forthcoming 2014 elections to the European Parliament (EP) inspired the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies (CDDS) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bialystok (UwB) to organize a policy forum with a view to discuss solutions to the pressing problems of the EP (elections) as a challenge for democracy. As this has been a joint effort of both research institutions, the first part of the forum took place in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, 5 March 2014 and the second one – will take place in Białystok, Poland on Tuesday, 15 April 2014.

Agenda for the Brussels meeting (5 March 2014):

The organizers have selected for discussion four most important democratic challenges related to the EP elections and split them between these two venues. The design of the EP elections and the prospects for reducing democratic deficit will be discussed in Brussels and the women representation in the EP and the “electoral engineering” – in Białystok. On top of that, prominent scholars and politicians will address the participants as keynote speakers. A room for discussion with the public will be provided.

This policy forum has been combined with the launch of a book “Elections to the European Parliament as a Challenge for Democracy” edited by Elżbieta Kużelewska (UwB-CDDS) and Dariusz Kloza (VUB-IES).



14:00-14:15 Welcome, chairmen's opening remarks and the launch of the book
Dr. Elżbieta Kużelewska, UwB-CDDS & Dariusz Kloza, VUB-IES & VUB-LSTS
14:15-14:30 Keynote speech
Prof. Jerzy Buzek MEP (video message)
14:30-15:30 Panel Debate III: Women in the European Parliament
Moderated by Dr. Elżbieta Kużelewska, UwB-CDDS

• Prof. Dr. Tanel Kerikmäe, Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
• Dr. Tomasz Dubowski, University of Białystok, Poland
• Dr. Lina Papadopolous, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
• Dr. Agnieszka Piekutowska, University of Białystok, Poland
• Dr. Magdalena Półtorak, Humanitas University, Sosnowiec, Poland
• Dr. Magdalena Sapala, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
• Dr. Franciszek Strzyczkowski, University of Łódź, Poland
• Mr. iur. Edgars Oļševskis, University of Turiba, Latvia

15:30-16:00 Lunch
16:00-16:45 Panel Debate IV: Can “electoral engineering” increase turnout in the EP elections?
Moderated by Dr. Izabela Kraśnicka, UwB-CDDS

• Prof. Dr. Liudas Mažylis, University of Kaunas, Lithuania
• Dr. hab. Magdalena Musiał-Karg, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
• Dr. Andrzej Jackiewicz, University of Białystok, Poland
• Dr. Artur Olechno, University of Białystok, Poland
• Helena Bončková, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
• Davide Denti, University of Trento, Italy

16:45-17:15 Discussion
Moderated by Dariusz Kloza, VUB-IES & VUB-LSTS
17:15-17:30 Closing remarks
Prof. Dr. Mariusz Golecki, University of Debrecen, Hungary & University of Łódź, Poland


Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge. Registration is not mandatory.

University of Bialystok
Faculty of Law
Mickiewicza 1
15-215 Bialystok
Conference room #314 (2nd floor)


Dariusz Kloza
Institute for European Studies