IDD Brussels 2024

IDD Brussels 2024


The European Endowment for Democracy (EED), European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), and Carnegie Europe are proud to invite you to the 2024 edition of the International Democracy Day Brussels.

The event will take place on Thursday, 19 September (afternoon), and Friday, 20 September (morning), at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 

The theme of the tenth edition of IDD Brussels is ‘A Year of Elections’.

In 2024, the “biggest election year of history”, voters from nearly 60 countries, representing nearly half the world’s population, go to the polls. These elections will take place against a backdrop of democratic decline for the 18th consecutive year according to Freedom House’s 2024 Report, as political rights and civil liberties continue to be eroded  worldwide.

The 2024 elections are likely to determine who controls and directs this century’s world, yet they are taking place at a time when democracy is under existential threat from authoritarians, far-right and populist parties, military coups as well as Islamist militants. While some elections take place in open environments, many others are held under despotic regimes or even occur amidst  war and conflict. There are also increasing risks to the integrity of all elections, with new technologies manipulating public opinion, increasing hate speech, misinformation and disinformation. Freedom House noted that manipulation of elections was one of the leading causes of the global decline in freedom in 2023.


These and other important matters will be debated in the 2024 edition of the International Democracy Day Brussels Conference, taking place on 19-20 September 2024.


Please note that there is limited capacity within the EU Committee of Regions conference space. Registrations will be treated on a first-come first-served basis.



13:30 - 17:15 European Committee of the Regions

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08:45 - 13:30 European Committee of the Regions

Full programme TBC