In 2020 Romania took over the Presidency of the Association and hosts the 30th Anniversary Conference. With the active participation of electoral officials, academia and other electoral stakeholders, in this year we intend to discuss the topics of ‘Youth Participation' and 'Campaign and Party Finance'.
First, ACEEEO celebrates by looking forward to the future of democracy and elections – to the youth. Today’s first voters will shape tomorrow’s democracy, it is therefore paramount to understand how the youth think, what attitudes they have, and how their meaningful engagement might be increased. ACEEEO has been devoted to this topic in the past and dedicates its activities in 2021 mostly to this theme.
Second, the Conference deals with the topic of campaign- and party finance. In the modern political contest money and politics cannot be disentangled. The question how political actors receive funds, how they spend it, and how they need to report it is of utmost importance in any democracy. The Conference focuses on the question of how money is spent during electoral campaigns, either from dedicated campaign fund or from the general resources available to parties.