|Connecting Citizens and Parliaments|
| Posted on 24/02/2014 - 18:04|
The parliamentary questions application will enable European citizens to establish an innovative, direct, public and democratic channel of communication with their elected officials
In recent years, certain European CSOs have been tackling the issue of opening parliamentary information through digital solutions, facilitating access to and information about parliamentary activities such as voting records and representative’s profiles and activities. Despite these efforts to increase transparency and accountability, less attention has been paid to developing applications that promote civic engagement and proactive participation. The written Q&A is a common mechanism in European parliaments, through which opposition MPs can ask the government about issues of their concern. Governments are required to both deliver and publish responses within a particular period of time. This information gathering mechanism is especially important in countries where FOI laws are weak.
Based on research of existing projects and best practices around the globe, the application would work as follows:
1. A citizen launches a question about an issue of interest to her.
Target group and social impact
The application will benefit every citizen, since any citizen can send a question, search for past answers, vote and comment, increasing levels of awareness and civic engagement. The application will also serve as a source of information for the media and civil society organizations.
Competences of the applicant
Fundación Ciudadana Civio (www.civio.es/en) is a Madrid-based non-profit organization using digital technology to promote government transparency and accountability. Our aim is to increase citizens’ participation and awareness, helping foster a stronger democracy. For more information, please visit: http://www.civio.es/en/#latest-work.
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