Members of the CoR commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs – CIVEX – on 26 February held a debate on European values, citizenship and democracy in the framework of the preparation of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The European Union’s democratic foundations form one of the seven policy strands of the conference. Local and regional authorities are the keepers of the EU’s democratic foundations on a daily basis but they are facing challenges to have them respected. Three external speakers emphasised that European values are at the core of the European project but that one could argue whether a common understanding and acceptance of the values exists.
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