How should eParticipation work in the future, and what can be learned from the past?
Serge Novaretti from the European Commission (DG CNECT) was reflecting on the future of eParticipation at EurActiv on 18 September 2013 as part of the #ePart4eu meeting, where decision makers, project workers and researchers discussed eParticipation on the European level. According to Novaretti, sustainability is relevant when running those projecst. At this point, the EC is also interested in successful cases that can be used for public adminstration, and the re-usage of existing platforms as well as novel methodological approaches.
Next steps and challenges
Another focus was on eParticipation of young people, with the project OurSpace presented and Greame Robertson talking about the re-development of the European Youth Portal. At the moment there is work on a volunteering platform where young people can find working opportunities in other countries with the Erasmus Plus Programme. Phase 3 of the portal is dedicated to engaging the online engagement of young people, e.g. by increasing young user-generated content, where the aim is to development a coaching system to mobilise more people accross Europe. (more…)