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Enabling Participation of the Youth in the Public Debate of Legislation among Parliaments, Citizens and Businesses in the European Union

Research Area

Semantic Interoperability, Legal Interoperability, e-Government

Short Description

LEX-IS eParticipation Environment aims at improving the legislative process in governmental organizations by enhancing public participation in the preparatory stages with the use of state-of-the-art information technology tools and methodologies.

LEX-IS is mainly targeting the initial steps in the legislative process, that pose the greatest needs in public participation. Through the LEX-IS eParticipation Environment participative support for the legislation proposal formation and the debate on draft legislation is provided, in particular the following main services can be made available to Parliaments, Businesses, Citizens and, especially, youngsters:


  • The ability to query and view the legal structures and in multiple levels of abstraction and decomposition, using content management engines and legal metadata.
  • The ability to view the argumentation structure of a law that is under formation, using semantic annotation and argument visualisation techniques.
  • The ability to express opinions around legal components, arguments that are presented by the participating organisations, or opinions of other parties, in a structured way that promotes participative decision-making.

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