E-Participation is ICT-enabled citizens’ participation in policies and policy-making. Many citizens consider that the EU is something that happens only in Brussels, far away from them and their daily lives. But in fact, the European institutions have created a number of online tools where each and every one of us can take part in the development of EU policies and benefit from our rights as European citizens.
One of the recognised shortcomings of e-Participation in Europe is that it is practiced by experienced Internet users.
Publicly funded telecentres/telecentre networks, ICT learning centres, adult education centres and libraries (aka telecentres) can reach beyond these “usual suspects” and involve citizens with basic or even no previous online experience, including the elderly, the disabled, household women, etc.
E-UROPa is an EU funded project on enabling e-Participation in European countries.