Jacek Kucharczyk, President of the Executive Board of IPA took part in a round-table in Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the problem of supporting democracy by the European Union.
The debate with participation of Krzysztof Stanowski, undersecretary of State for Development and Economic Cooperation, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, was held in Permanent Representation
of the Republic of Poland to the European Union on 16th May 2011.
Round-table “Agenda for the Polish Council Presidency: EU Democracy Support: Instruments and Effectiveness” was devoted to the role of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in strengthening democracy promotion by the European Union.
One of the Polish proposals is to create European Endowment for Democracy - an institution aimed at providing financial support for civil society organisations engaged in democracy promotion. Institutional shape of the organisation was discussed, as well as possible methods of its creation.
The round-table was attended (i.a.) by: Jacek Saryusz-Wolski and Edward McMillan-Scott, members of the European Parliament, John O’Rourke, Head of Divison, ENP Coordination, EEAS. The discussion was moderated by Roel von Meijenfledt, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, European Partnership for Democracy.
During the debate, discussion paper "Strengthening EU Democracy Support as a Task for the Polish Presidency - lesson learnt and challenges ahead" written by dr Jacek Kucharczyk and Gebriela Svarovska was presented.