The department was set up in January 2018 to plan and coordinate Group initiatives and activities linked to the 2019 information campaign. Among these activities are specific events such as the round of citizens’ dialogue conferences organised throughout the member states under the ‘Together’ banner. These events provide an arena for open and frank discussions between S&D family members, personalities closely aligned to our values, as well as young people, activists and experts. The aim is to provide insight and guidance on themes and issues that will be crucially important for the European elections next year. In this regard, we also contribute to the series of ‘Go Local’ events that are organised by our Press and Communications team around these debates, or on a stand-alone basis.