Advancing Citizen-driven Participation through Digital Tools

25 February 2021 | 10h00 – 12h10 CET | Live streaming 


Citizen-driven participation through digital tools has different shapes and forms, as presented in the ELF publication “Next Level Participation – Citizen-driven e-democracy tools”.

This conference will contribute to a better understanding on the benefits of broader citizen-driven participation. It will also promote a more profound acceptance of the digital tools of civic participation by decision-makers and the society at large.

The goal is to assess the state of play of civic tech and to discuss its relevance – not only with practitioners in the field (as it happened during the three corresponding workshops in 2020) but also to include a wider range of stakeholders, such as policy makers and researchers. This will then not only help to identify how to  further support and enable the growth of citizen-driven e-democracy tools, but also provide the space for a controversial debate.

Key Note Speech by: Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice President, Democracy and Demography

Research presentation: “Next Level Participation – Citizen-driven e-democracy tools”
Flavio Grazian, Participatory Democracy Manager, European Citizen Action Service
Hendrik Nahr, Citizen Deliberation Coordinator, European Citizen Action Service

Panel discussion: How can the impact of citizen-driven e-democracy tools be strengthened throughout Europe?
David Mair, Head of Unit, Knowledge for Policy: Concepts and Methods, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Elisa Lironi, Senior Manager European Democracy, European Citizen Action Service
Rait Pihelgas, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Renew Europe Group (tbc)
Milosz Hodun, Project Polska, Board Member and ELF Second Vice-President
Paulina Fröhlich, Progressives Zentrum, Head of Program ‘Future of Democracy’

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An event organised by the European Liberal Forum, in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom  – Project office for Bulgaria and North Macedonia and Projekt:Polska, with the involvement of European Citizen Action Service.

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