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Empowering citizens to influence the decision making and policy formulation on environmental issues

Research Area

eGovernment, e-Participation

Short Description

The vision of the project is to motivate and strengthen the involvement of NGOs and citizen in the decision making on environmental issues at a National and European level by providing method and tools for supporting citizens participation and collection of signatures to promote relevant public initiatives and demands of civil society.


The main objectives of the project are:

· Establishing the eMPOWER Network

· Establishing a cross-border communication area

· Strengthening and enhancing transpa-rency and accessibility of petitioning

· Enhancing co-operation and promoting the establishment of a commonly accepted Environmental policy

· Increasing awareness


eMPOWER is derived from a perceived need to investigate how and to what extent information and communication technology (ICT) can enable a more participative system of governance, supporting both decision-makers and citizens. In this context, eMPOWER focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of ICT to support civic representation and participation in the democratic process as well as to support decision-makers to have a clearer idea of what their citizens want and to be able to act with more information on their side. The approach followed is depicted in the figure above.

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