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Free Cities Forum

In cooperation with the Budapest Mayor’s Office, the Democracy Institute has started the organization of the  Budapest Forum 2021  “Sustainable Democracies”.  This project stems from the Free Cities pact, signed in 2019 by the mayors of Budapest, Warsaw, Prague and Bratislava, the capitals of the so-called Visegrad 4 (V4). The four pledged to combat populism, promote transparency, and tackle the climate crisis, as well as lobby for more EU funding for cities. The Budapest Forum 2021 will bring together representatives of the alliance of Free Cities, public officials, activists and scholars to discuss, among others,  issues linked to the decay and renewal of democracy.    

Budapest Municipality, Political Capital, and CEU Democracy Institute Co-Organize Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies

On September 16-17, 2021, Budapest Municipality, Political Capital, and CEU Democracy Institute will hold the inaugural Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies with the intention of establishing a new, annual event.