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02 May 2023

How can the European Commission address external attempts to influence democratic institutions?

The Defence of Democracy Package is a set of proposed measures by the European Commission aimed at safeguarding the rule of law and democratic principles within the European Union. The package was introduced in December 2020, and it includes several initiatives and actions that seek to enhance the EU’s ability to prevent and respond to threats to democracy, including from within its own member states.

We engaged in a dialogue with Daniela Irrera, an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Università di Catania, to delve into thought-provoking questions about strategies for cultivating a dynamic civil society and fostering a robust democracy. With Daniela’s expertise, we gained valuable insights and learned about effective practices that can ignite transformative progress.

About Daniela Irrera

Daniela Irrera (PhD in International Relations) is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Catania, where she serves as Deputy Rector for Erasmus program, Chair of the MA program in Global Politics and Euromediterranean Relations, vice-coordinator of the PhD program in Political Sciences. She serves as member of the ECPR Executive Committee, visiting professor of Political Violence and Terrorism at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek, associate editor of the Journal of European Studies, co-editor of the Springer book series on Non-State Actors in International Relations. She co-leads the Erasmus + project on Mapping and Organizing Research on Dictatorships: Open access Repository and member of the Management Committee of the COST CA21133 – Globalization, Illicit Trade, Sustainability and Security (GLITSS). Her research has been founded by Fulbright, DAAD, Marie Curie Action. She is part of the Radicalisation Awareness Network Policy Support (RAN PS) European Research Community on Radicalisation (ERCOR) Researchers’ Directory.

About University of Catania

With an average enrolment of 40,000 students, the University of Catania has been around for hundreds of years since 1434 and is oldest one in Sicily.

The educational system is run and overseen by 17 departments. The Medical School for starters, and by two other educational units respectively located in the city of Ragusa and in Syracuse.

Another special unit is the Scuola Superiore di Catania, a higher education centre based on excellence that was founded in 1998 for the selection and the recognition of the brightest young minds, offering a variety of studies including analysis, research and experimentation.