Policy

Digital democracy

Reflecting fundamental democratic values, European governments and EU institutions welcome citizen involvement in policy making. For this aim they provide opportunities for informal and formal agenda setting, non-binding and binding decision-making, and civic monitoring. And people do aspire to engage, however too many do not feel that their opinions and inputs matter. Therefore, e-democracy should be strengthened, amplified by transparency and accountability mechanisms, expanding by innovative online instruments, reinforced by offline activism, stronger linked to formal policy making, sustainably institutionalised, and widely communicated to the public. EDD supports the Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on e-democracy in the European Union (2016/2008) and the Council of Europe Resolution (2015) on e-media for local and regional politicians. The association promotes further research and advocacy for empowering citizen e-participation in policy making

Digital democracy

I-Voting in the European Union

Admin

As world is fighting with the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing is recommended, i-voting remains the safest option for elections or decision-making. In addition to ensuring social distancing, i-voting could help reach isolated communities, increase accessibility for voters with disabilities and even increase voter turnout by engaging younger generations whose turnout at elections is usually lower. Internet voting can also save costs for holding elections. In Estonia, the only country which introduced i-voting at national level for all voters, it is estimated that during national elections in 2017 i-voting saved 11 000 working days[1].