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eParticipation through Petitioning in Europe

A traditional way for the general public to influence decision-making is by organising a petition. Online petition systems have been introduced in some EU Member States both at National and increasingly local levels in order to make it easier to gather signatures from a wider audience. The European Parliament Petitions Committee has an active online petition submission website and the Lisbon Treaty introduces Citizens’ Initiatives, whereby citizens will be able to call on the Commission to bring forward new policy proposals if they have the support of 1 million people from a significant number of EU Member States.  Petitioning is a simple yet effective tool that provides an excellent first step for citizens who want to engage with their Local Council, National and European Parliaments. EuroPetition is providing such as a service.

EuroPetition is a service mediated by Local Authorities providing citizen engagement locally and distributed interaction with National Petitioning initiatives, the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee and the Commission’s Citizens Initiative online procedures using a proven open-source UK ePetitions service and experience, and building on innovative and state-of-the-art Web 2.0 applications.

The project will pilot trial the coordination and submission of cross-border and pan-European “EuroPetitions” from 5 Regional Clusters in Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and UK , involving 16 Local Authorities and over 6.7 million citizens across the EU. The project aims to create an open, simple and scalable process which will build local support for petitions and then to migrate these to other territories to achieve cross-border and ultimately pan-European support.

The service will enable citizens to launch and manage petitions on specific issues, with on-line discussions either on a local basis or through Regional Clusters leading to a multilingual dialogue to gain cross-border support on a single issue, while retaining the interaction between the citizen and their local, national and EU authorities. EuroPetition will provide simple jargon buster facilities to support citizens in understanding the issues during the discussions and in launching a petition. It will include explanatory videos and content to explain the process and purpose of petitioning to EU citizens, and have embedded workflow support for the petitioner in ‘marketing’ their petition as well as providing viral tools (such as Facebook widgets) to help increase participation and signing across regions.

As the EuroPetition service will be used in a number of cross-border decision-making cases it will be relevant in promoting eParticipation not only in the context of the European Parliament and Commission but also in many legislative and decision-making processes at Local, National and European levels.

Contact information

O'FLAHERTY John
The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park
N/A Limerick
Ireland
Tel. +353-61-334699
Fax. +353-61-338500

Participants

Coordinator: THE NATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS CENTRE LTD, IRELAND

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
THE NATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS CENTRE LTD IRELAND
NESTOR SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA ITALY
FUNDACIÓN INSTITUTO DE INNOVACIÓN PARA EL BIENESTAR CIUDADANO SPAIN
MALMO STAD SWEDEN
DIJKSMAN.COM B.V. THE NETHERLANDS
PUBLIC-I GROUP LIMITED UNITED KINGDOM
NAPIER UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM
BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 05/05/2009

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