Summit of Democracies

22nd April 2021 |Summit of Democracies
"The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union"

The Opening Session will be broadcast live on the IEP's Youtube channel (HERE)

The session is presided by José Manuel Durão Barroso and counts with the participation of Elisa Ferreira (EU Commissioner) and Ambassador Nuno Brito (Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union)

10.30am to 6.30pm






5th June 2020 |Summit of Democracies
"The Transatlantic Alliance and the Challenges to Democracy"



Welcome Address of the Summit by the Director, Prof. João Carlos Espada

Open Class - Director, Prof. João Carlos Espada, intervention



The Institute for Political Studies, since 2013, has organized its Open Day on the format of a simulation of the "Summit of Democracies," an initiative that invites secondary school students to discuss current political developments and democracy worldwide.

At a time when Europe and the world are facing a crisis that threatens not only their security but also their identity, the Institute of Political Studies aims to stimulate research and debate on the principles, processes and political values ​​of the greater importance for the perception of our societies in a space not only national or European, but global already traditional "Summit of Democracies" of the Institute of Political Studies of the Catholic University aims to stimulate young people to take sides for Democracy and to participate in a reflection on the future of Europe and the world, trying to find sustained and substantial answers to the current challenges of a changing world. Not only do we want to draw attention to the very concrete problems we face today, but above all to point to opportunities to find better solutions when together we think, debate and imagine a stronger Europe and World - and a revitalized Democracy.

In this sense, we invite secondary schools to participate in this initiative, with teams of students the way of reflection on the EU's contribution to democracy in Portugal and in Europe, our proposal aims to discuss the new policy challenges, not only terrorism and terrorism, but also problems such as freedom of expression and religious freedom in a pluralistic and multicultural space, the reception of refugees, the new populism, the economic and social the urgent reform of the EU - these issues are a definite mark of our present.