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eParticipation: ICT empowering citizens

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Submitted by: Zoi Konstantinou (European Dynamics)
Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 15 October 2013

Basic info

Expected participants:
Yes, participation has no cost
Yes, (event with unrestricted attendance)


In a nutshell:

European Commission (DG Connect unit H3 Public Services) in collaboration with ePractice, is organising on 15 October 2013 an event to highlight ways to empower citizens in the decision-making process with the view to further strengthen democratic processes.

The workshop aims at:

1) Taking stock of the 5 eParticipation projects (Parterre, OurSpace, Puzzled by Policy, MyUniversity and Immigration Policy 2.0), to better disseminate their results and to enhance the reuse of the projects outcomes;

2) Preparing the future, collecting ideas on how eParticipation can improve the way public administrations work and are perceived by citizens. 

Event Topics & Questions

Suggested workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Analyse eParticipation initiatives: successes, take-up and impact;
  • Re-use of existing eParticipation building blocks for collaboration and content management;
  • eParticipation social and legal landscape;
  • Links of eParticipation systems with political situation, digital literacy, infrastructure, information sources and communication media in the EU eParticipation platforms vs. other engaging initiatives i.e. the Wikipedia, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter Successful eParticipation initiatives (local, regional, national, European);
  • The future of eParticipation.


Public administrations (including European Commission), eGovernment experts, civil society representatives, Industry representatives, policy makers, politicians, academics, eParticipation projects' representatives, etc.


To register for this event, please create an ePractice account if you are not a current member. Subsequently, kindly login and once you are in this page, simply click on the yellow button on your right hand side that reads Participate in this event to activate your registration.

ePractice members can simply login and click on the same page as described above.

If you do not wish or are unable to register via ePractice, kindly fill in the manual registration form that you will find under Presentation & Documents below and send it via email to vassilia.orfanou@eurodyn.com or zoi.konstantinou@eurodyn.com with a cc to events@eurodyn.com.

Submission of summaries/PPT slides

To be considered by the Commission for a speaker placement for this event, kindly send a summary of one page of your intended presentation to vassilia.orfanou@eurodyn.com or zoi.konstantinou@eurodyn.com with a cc to events@eurodyn.com. Regarding your summary, please download and complete the "Proposal form" that may be found in the presentation and documents section below. Final presentation should not exceed 6 slides and should be concise and factual. 


A few selected speakers will set the scene with a 15 minute presentation and the rest of the programme will be dedicated to roundtable discussions and networking purposes.

Important Dates

- Submission of summaries - presentations: 13 September 2013

- Speaker participation confirmation: 20 September 2013

- Submission of final presentations: 8 October 2013

- Event date: 15 October 2013

- Publication of Event proceedings: Beginning of November

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eParticipation: ICT empowering citizens
Tuesday 15 October 2013
Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Brussels, Belgium

09:30 – 10:00Registration
                                  EC Welcome & Opening
10:00 – 10:10Introduction & Welcome by the European Commission
Jean-Francois Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, CNECT.H31
                                  eParticipation projects
10:10 – 11:30How to facilitate the re-use of existing eParticipation building blocks?
The 5 eParticipation projects co–funded by DG CONNECT

Puzzled by Policy
Deirdre Lee, DERI, NUI Galway
Immigration Policy 2.0
Nuria Rodríguez Domínguez, Atos 
Anna Triantafillou, ATC
My University
Gregory Liogaridis, Gov2U
Vittorio Bugli, Regional Government of Tuscany
Angelo Marcotulli

Q&A session
11:30 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:15

How to spread the word about eParticipation
Thomas Heimstädt,  ]init[ Digital Communication

People’s Assembly in Estonia – crowd-sourcing solutions for complex problems
Nele Leosk, European University Institute

European Citizens' Initiative
Olga Kurpisz, European Commission, Secretariat General

                          Debate Session
12:15 – 13:00Assessing e-participation- analytical framework from readiness to initiatives
Nele Leosk, European University Institute

Exchanges of views: How to measure the impact of eParticipation projects?
12:30 – 13:45Lunch Break
                          Lessons learnt
13:45 - 13:55How to measure a transformation of the policy process?
Reinder Rustema, Petitions.nl for Netwerk Democratie
13:55 - 14:05Digitalising the German parliament’s petition system
Julian Staben & Lennart Ziebarth, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
14:05 - 14:15Does e-participation enhance or undermine democracy?
Alina Ostling, European University Institute
14:15 - 14:25

Demand driven eParticipation
Francesco Molinari
Brendan Galbraith, University of Ulster

                           Debate Session
14:30 - 16:15Horizon 2020 perspectives
Andrea Halmos, Policy Officer, European Commission, CNECT.H31

Towards future eParticipation activities
(Brainstorming in small groups)
16:15 – 16:30Concluding remarks from the European Commission

1Unit CNECT.H3 (Public Services) leads the development and deployment of EU Digital Public Services, based on the eGov Action Plan 2011–2015. Also leads the preparation and coordination of the CEF Digital Service infrastructures (DSIs).

How to get there


European Commission premises

Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Room BU25-S1, 1160, Brussels

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