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Prospects for e-democracy in Europe. Study summary

IP/G/STOA/FWC/2013-001/LOT 8/C4. February 2018
: Korthagen, Iris; Keulen, Ira van; Hennen, Leonhard; Aichholzer, Georg; Rose, Gloria; Lindner, Ralf; Goos, Kerstin; Nielsen, Rasmus O.
: European Technology Assessment Group -ETAG-; European Parliament, Science and Technology Options Assessment -STOA-, Brussels; European Parliament, Scientific Foresight Unit, Brussels

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Erstellt am: 21.3.2018

Brussels: European Union, 2018, 36 S.
ISBN: 978-92-846-2263-4
Studie, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer ISI ()

Digital tools could create stronger connections between European citizens and the EU decision-making process and, by doing so, might contribute to reducing the EU democraticdeficit. This report investigates what lessons can be drawn from local, national and European experiences of the use of digital tools for the functioning of EU decision-making procedures and institutions. For that purpose, a review of current literature on e-democracy and the European public sphere has been carried out; 22 local, national and EU experiences with existing digital tools have been investigated and evaluated; and an analysis has been made of the suitability of the most promising digital tools for implementation and use at EU level.The most important factors for successful e-participation identified in the report are: a close and clear link between eparticipation processes and a concrete formal decision-makingprocess; the participatory process and the contribution of its outputs to the overall decision-making process have to be clear to participants from the start; feedback to the participantsabout what has been done with their contributions is an indispensable feature of the process; a participative process should not be limited to one event but should be imbedded in an institutional 'culture of participation'; e-participation must be accompanied by an effective mobilisation and engagement strategy, involving communication instruments tailored fordifferent target groups.