eParticipation helps people engage in politics and policy-making and makes the decision-making processes easier to understand, thanks to Information and Communication Technologies.

Public administrations need to adapt to keep up with the rapid transformation of our society. The increased connectivity of citizens and businesses leads to new expectations as regards the quality, transparency and efficiency of public services as well as access to public figures and institutions. The European eGovernment Action Plan (2011-15) and the Malmö Ministerial Declaration on eGovernment support the use of ICT in civic life. The Europe for Citizens Programme (2007-2013) promotes initiatives that facilitate the active participation in the civic and democratic life of the EU.

Projects (past and current)

  • The eParticipation Preparatory Action – supported by the European Parliament - co-funded 21 pilots promoting the use of ICT in legislative and decision-making processes within parliamentary and government environments.
  • The CIP ICT Policy Support Programme for 2009 supported projects empowering and involving citizens in transparent decision-making in the EU.
  • The EU's fifth and sixth Research Framework Programmes co-funded several projects to develop concepts, tools and solutions for the use of ICT in participatory democracy. New tools for governance and policy modelling, currently being developed under FP7, will support governments in delivering smarter, targeted and adaptive policies, whilst better understanding cost-effectiveness and impacts.
  • CIP/PSP ProjectsOurSpace, Puzzled by Policy, MyUniversity, Immigration Policy 2.0 and PARTERRE achieved concrete and good results.

The call YOUNG-5b-2014 specifically addressed the engagement of the youth in the decision-making; the call details can be found here and the two new projects from YOUNG 5b are EUth and STEP.