Democracy Digest: Key Dates for Your Diary in 2020


Croatia is due to hold a general election at some point in 2020, possibly in late autumn.

The European Commission and European Parliament will establish the so-called Conference on the Future of Europe, a political body aimed at engaging EU citizens to reform democracy in 2020-2022. It is expected to be up and running in the second half of the year.


11-12 January - Protests are expected in Poland over new legislation to tighten government control over judges.

13 January - Poland marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz during an annual charity event.

13-15 January - In Slovakia, the trial begins for the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak (continues February 3-6).

16 January - The second anniversary of the murder of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic in northern Kosovo (trial ongoing) 

26 January - The Hungarian city of Gyor holds a mayoral election following the resignation of the ruling Fidesz party-backed mayor due to a sex scandal.

27 January - Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland 

31 January - The United Kingdom leaves the European Union, with 27 of Britain's 73 seats in the European Parliament reallocated to other countries (Croatia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia each get one). The remaining 46 seats will be frozen for any future EU member states.

A woman walks past a mural depicting the late Oliver Ivanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, 15 January 2019. Oliver Ivanovic was a moderate Kosovo Serb politician killed in a drive-by shooting on 16 January 2018, in front of his office in northern Kosovo. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC


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