Expert Seminar “Democracy in the European Union: Have the Innovations of the Lisbon Treaty Made a Difference?”

June 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:Alumni Boardroom, Room 617 Robertson Hall
Cost:Free

The Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union” will host an ‘expert seminar’, “Democracy in the European Union:  Have the Innovations of the Lisbon Treaty Made a Difference?” with Dr. Ian Cooper (European University Institute), Dr. Justin Greenwood (Robert Gordon University) and Dr. Christilla Roederer-Rynning (University of Southern Denmark). Dr. Achim Hurrelmann (Carleton University) will chair the panel.

Please note this is an invitation only event.

About the seminar: The Lisbon Treaty has formed the institutional basis of the European Union since December 1, 2009. One of the main objectives of the reform process was democratization – “to bring the EU closer to the citizens.” In line with this objective, the Lisbon Treaty contained a number of institutional innovations designed to make the EU more democratic. These included the Ordinary Legislative Procedure expanding the powers of the European Parliament, the Early Warning Mechanism for national parliaments, and the European Citizens’ Initiative which gives citizens the right to propose EU legislation. Almost eight years after the treaty’s entry into force, the seminar participants will discuss to how these mechanisms have impacted EU governance, and to what extent their democratic aspirations have been fulfilled.

Registration is required to attend the seminar, please click here for the registration form.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email inquiry to: Achim.Hurrelmann@carleton.ca

This event is sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union” at the Centre for European Studies (CES) at Carleton University. Jean Monnet Chair events are co-funded by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and supported by Carleton University.