The European Endowment for Democracy is organising a panel discussion on civil society’s role within the new Tunisian political reality. The event is to be held on 4 December in Brussels, Belgium.
This year’s presidential and parliamentary elections have changed Tunisia’s political landscape with the election of a new political class and citizens have great expectations of this new government. The Assembly of Representatives is now a mosaic of political parties, and this is likely to lead to significant challenges and deadlock. Party political priorities, particularly of the majority parties, remain unclear. The presidential campaign was particularly controversial. These political developments have caused much uncertainty within civil society. It is expected that future discussions on socio-economic reforms and anti-corruption measures will be challenging within this new fractured political dynamic.
Panelists include high profile civil society activists, who are well placed to analyse the current situation, the current parliament’s composition and the president’s ambitious programme. The debate will address transparency and public accountability, freedom of association and individual freedoms as well as the role of Tunisian media.
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and EU member states as an autonomous International Trust Fund to foster democracy in the European Neighbourhood (Eastern Partnership – EaP – and Middle East and North Africa – MENA), the Western Balkans, and beyond. EED supports civil society organisations, pro-democracy movements, civic and political activists, and independent media platforms and journalists working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system.