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I need three speakers for a EuropCom2015 workshop to share their thoughts on convening and managing communities in the context of public communications and policymaking. The following throwaway remark on Linkedin landed me with the task of setting up a workshop at EuropCom 2015: “I’d suggest combining “Setting-up and managing online communities” and “The power… » read more

  Posted by Mathew Lowry

An array of sophisticated language technologies could help ideas flow across EU borders, link national conversations together and support the EU Online Public Sphere – the demos the EU needs. But BloggingPortal is unlikely to feature them. Years ago I realised that a couple of innovative technologies (semantic analysis, machine translation, coupled with faceted &… » read more

  Posted by Mathew Lowry

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an innovative measure which entered into force three years ago. It was foreseen in the EU treaty and is described as an instrument of participatory democracy. The ECI allows European citizens to influence EU legislation and offers a link to political decision-making. Taken at face value this should go… » read more

  Posted by Mose Apelblat

Old Elite in a New World

As Kader Sevinç said in her paper for Euractiv , one of the main challenges for our generation is to better conduct the transition toward a transnational world in order to be able to providing solutions in accordance with our expectations and values. EU has difficulties to find solutions, and should deal with institutional and… » read more

  Posted by Kader Sevinc - Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

Despite a common misconception, the European Citizens’ Initiative is not the alpha and omega of EU citizens’ engagement in EU decision-making. There is a variety of other mechanisms that allow EU citizens to influence EU agenda. For example, an average civic society organisation would hardly ever opt in favour of a logistically as challenging high-cost […]

C’est la deuxième initiative à avoir abouti à ce jour après celle concernant « l’eau droit fondamental ».Cette décision est intervenue juste au lendemain des élections. La Commission a tenu à justifier et expliquer sa décision dans un long document et dans un communiqué de presse détaillé (cf.infra « pour en savoir plus ») La […]

Selon une directive européenne sur l’exercice d’activités de radiodiffusion télévisuelle[1], les États membres peuvent interdire la retransmission sur des chaines payantes d’évènements à l’importance majeure pour permettre leur libre diffusion sur des chaines publiques. La Belgique et le Royaume-Uni ont placé dans leur liste d’évènements la Coupe du Monde de football et l’Euro permettant leur […]

La présidence irlandaise est parvenue à un accord sur un programme de soutien d’au moins 16 milliards d’euros visant à appuyer les initiatives dans les domaines de l’éducation, de la jeunesse et du sport dans les sept prochaines années. Près de 4 millions de personnes bénéficieront des bourses européennes pour l’éducation et la formation dans […]

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