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21 June 2021 - 25 June 2021
Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat 2021: In Crisis and Beyond
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Open until 25 June 2021

Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat 2021: in Crisis and Beyond

The first annual retreat for European civil servants and society

In such unprecedented times, the first annual Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat will be held online on 21-25 June 2021. It will draw participants from the European institutions, EU member states governments, and national and European civil society to share, learn, and develop new understandings and skills in democratic participation, transparency, and accountability toward stronger policymaking, public services, and ultimately better democracy, fit for crisis and beyond. 

Led by the Open Governance Network for Europe, hosted and sponsored by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, and organised in partnership with the European Commission, European Partnership for DemocracyDemocratic SocietyHertie SchoolNetherlands Helsinki CommitteeOpen Government Partnership, Open Contracting PartnershipOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the UN Human Rights Office, this inaugural retreat will be held over one week, with a variety of interactive sessions focusing on the following themes: 

  • democracy and governance
  • civic space
  • civic participation 
  • rule of law, transparency, and accountability
  • future of practice for better climate policymaking

The retreat aims to help civil servants and civil society together learn and share new approaches to policymaking and public services that are found to help improve civic trust in governments and strengthen democracies in crisis and beyond. Through workshops, panel discussions, lectures, exercises, and meetings, retreat participants will discover how to build new governance approaches into everyday practice, and gain new knowledge together with peers across the European institutions and member states, as well as with leading thinkers and actors across civil society and international organisations.      




In case you missed it, catch our opening conversation here:

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Albania 5
Australia 1
Austria 10
Azerbaijan 1
Belgium 58
Botswana 1
Brazil 3
Bulgaria 1
Canada 10
Czech Republic 4
Denmark 3
Ecuador 1
Estonia 4
Ethiopia 1
Finland 2
France 12
Georgia 3
Germany 13
Greece 2
Hungary 3
Ireland 4
Italy 25
Kosovo 1
Latvia 2
Lithuania 4
Luxembourg 2
North Macedonia 1
Malawi 1
Mexico 1
Moldova, Republic Of 1
Morocco 2
Netherlands 27
Nigeria 1
Norway 3
Poland 7
Portugal 16
Romania 6
Serbia 2
Slovakia 4
Slovenia 2
South Africa 2
Spain 12
Sweden 1
Switzerland 2
Turkey 3
Uganda 1
Ukraine 4
United Kingdom 21
United States 6
Total 302