Political Capital has done pioneering research in cooperation with National Endowment for Democracy on malign foreign influence and interference in the Europan Parliament, with particular focus on Central Europe. Political Capital and its research partners from the region (see the list below) have been tracking the votes cast by MEPs, and their statements in parliamentary debates to map authoritarian influence in European institutions. Political Capital prepared a rating of MEPs based on their votes. We also formulated policy recommendations that could help European policy-makers, NGO-s, media, experts and academic institutions to raise awareness and counter malign forms of influence.
On the event, experts of Political Capital Institute will introduce their study and then discuss patterns of authoritarian influence with a roundtable of five members of the European Parliament.
Language: English without translation
3:00-3:15 Welcome Remarks, Brief Summary of the Findings – Péter Krekó, Patrik Szicherle, Political Capital Institute
3:15-4:15 Countering Authoritarian Influence in the European Union - Political and Institutional Responses
Viola von Cramon – MEP, Die Grünen, Germany, Greens
Anna Donáth – MEP, Momentum, Hungary, Renew Europe
Mikuláš Peksa – MEP, Pirate Party, Czech Republic, Greens
Radosław Sikorski – MEP, Civic Platform, Poland, EPP
Michal Šimečka – MEP, Progressive Slovakia, Renew Europe
4:15-4:30 Authoritarian influence and Transatlantic Cooperation – Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy (keynote commentator)
Moderator: Péter Krekó, Political Capital Institute