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