n 2020, ePaństwo Foundation (Poland), Funky Citizens (Romania) and K-Monitor (Hungary) collaborated in a research to explore the experiences of advocacy organizations and informal initiatives in collaborating with local authorities in their respective countries'. We did so to better understand the opportunities of bottom up democratic revival of the region. Soon after, the effects of the ongoing pandemic increased the pressure on local governments, while in many cases, antidemocratic national governments exploited the situation in order to expand their powers.
To prepare for the post-pandemic period we decided to dedicate the second edition of our Conspiracy for Democracy conference to the effects of the pandemic on local governance in East-Central Europe. Our guest speakers will not only report on the daily battles and challenges they face, but also discuss the possible long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crises on local level collaboration and democratic self-organization, especially regarding digitization, alternative funding and autonomous places. Most importantly, participants will share their plans and ideas on how to make the best out of the changing economic and political conditions for local democracy in Hungary, Poland and Romania.