Response to the European Commission Consultation on the European Democracy Action Plan
In September 2020, Open Society European Policy Institute submitted a response to the public consultation launched by the European Commission to gather feedback and ideas for a new push for European democracy, particularly in the areas of information democracy, election integrity, deliberative democracy, and civic engagement. The consultation fed into the European Democracy Action Plan published by the Commission on December 3, 2020. The plan includes a package of proposals on how the European Union should address challenges to democracy over the next few years, including through specific regulatory initiatives.
The submission, which was developed in collaboration with different parts of the Open Society Foundations, provides recommendations for ambitious EU action in the areas of election integrity and online political advertising, countering disinformation, media freedom and media pluralism, and supporting civil society, and active citizenship.
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