Zavod Inštitut za elektronsko participacijo - INePA

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Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA)

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1. About
2. INePA updates
3. Key personnel
4. International partnerships
5. Key bibliography
6. Legal information
7. Recognitions

1. About

Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA), established in 2007, is as an independent, not for profit, non-governmental organisation professionally oriented on eDemocracy, eParticipation, eGovernance and eInvolvement. Organization's mission is to contribute to development of democracy with socially innovative use of Internet by citizens, civil society, institutions and decision-makers. INePA digital democracy activities focus on civil dialogue based e-democracy, citizens on-line participation at the EU level, digital citizenship and open government. INePA is coordinating the Network of NGOs for an inclusive information society in Slovenia. INePA is a member of the Pan European eParticipation Network (PEP-NET), the Central and Eastern Europe Citizens Network (CEE CN), the Network of NGOs for an inclusive information society in Slovenia (NVO-VID) and is listed among key actors in eParticipation developments (the European eParticipation Study 2009).

2. INePA updates

Latest English news and updates from Institute for Electronic Participation are available here >>

3. Key personnel

Executive director: 
Simon Delakorda, M.Sc. Political Science

Supervisory Board: 
- Primož Šporar, M.Sc. Legal Science, representative of the interested public & services users
- Simon Delakorda, M.Sc. Political Science, representative of the employees, e-mail: Ta e-poštni naslov je zaščiten proti smetenju. Če ga želite videti, omogočite Javascript.
- Vita Habjan, M.Sc. Legal Science, representative of the Founder

Expert Council:
- Professor, Tanja Oblak Črnič, PhD (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana)
- Polona Pičman Štefančič, PhD (Rea IT Research Center)
- Tomi Ilijaš, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering (Arctur d.o.o.)

4. International partnerships

4.1 SMARTeD - Smart eDemocracy Against Fake News, Europe for Citizens programme, (2018-2020) INePA responsible for implementing international on-line survey targeting experts in the field, local workshops organisation, national practices identification and contributing to recommendations for decision-makers.

4.2 EUCROWD - European Citizens Crowdsourcing, Europe for Citizens programme, (2016-2017) INePA coordinating partner of the project aiming to raise awareness of the possibilities for using crowdsourcing in fostering a democratic debate on the future of the European Union.

4.3 Digital Ecosystem for E-Participation linking Youth (DEEP-linking Youth), Erasmus+ Programme of the EU, (2015-2017) INePA external evaluator of the project aiming to explore how e-participation can foster young people’s empowerment and active participation in democratic life.

4.4 Democratic Ownership and Civic Participation in Europe (DOCPIE), Europe for Citizen programe, (2015) INePA provided external expertise for implementing on-line survey exploring awareness on European citizenship and European identity.

4.5 Time for Women's rights and Gender Equality in Montenegro, Slovenia's developmnent cooperation, (2014-2016) INePA provided external expertise for implementing on-line consultations.

4.6 Puzzled by Policy -  Helping you to be part of the EU, ICT PSP, (2010-2013) INePA leading partner of WP4 responsible for coordination of implementation of pilot sites (on-line involvement of target groups and feedback from decision-makers) in Greece, Italy, Hungary and Spain.

4.7 VIDI - Visualising the Impact of the legislation by analysing public DIscussions using statistical means, 2009-2010, (no: EP-08-01-014) INePA responsible for Slovene use case Citizen's forum European debates providing a national on-line deliberation space for facilitated public debates and consultations on relevant European issues (

4.8 Online Participation of Citizens in EP Committee activities, 2008-2009, (EP-07-01- 012) Simon Delakorda from Institute for Electronic Participation responsible for on-line forum facilitation and target groups involvement from Slovenia resulting in highest number of on-line participants among involved EU countries.

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4.9 More Europe, more Slovenia (2013-2014, 2016-2017) INePA managing and facilitating on-line consultations, chat rooms and social media profiles for the purpose of exchanging of ideas and presenting different proposals for different target groups on Slovenia's position on the future of EU.

4.10 E-participation for an inclusive Europe (2014) INePA coordinating partner of the project aiming to inform, rise awareness and activate Slovene residents for using internet as a tool of involvement and empowerment in democratic life of the European Union.

4.11 The e-participation portal during Slovene EU Council presidency in 2008 aiming at strengthening involvement of the Slovene and European NGOs into decision-making processes before and during the precidency (

More information about INePA projects:

5. Key bibliography

5.1 Delakorda, Simon. 2014. Electronic Participation and Non-governmental Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe. In eGovernment: Driver or Stumbling Block for European Integration?, eds. Alexander Balthasar, Hendrik Hansen, Balázs Konig, Robert Müller-Török and Johannes Pichler, 409-419. Proceedings of the CEEeGov Days, Budapest, Hungary, May 8-9, 2014. Vienna: Austrian Computer Society 2014. Paper received CEEeGov 2014 Best Paper Award - Case studies and empirical research papers.

5.2 Delakorda, Simon. 2013. Theoretical approaches to non-governmental organizations as democratic actor of electronic public sphere (PhD Colloquium paper). 5th International conference on eParticipation, 17-19 September 2013 Koblenz, Germany).

5.3 Delakorda, Simon and Matej Delakorda. 2009. Contribution to democratization of the EU Council presidency: NGO's eparticipation portal In Electronic participation: proceedings of ongoing research, general development issues and projects of ePart 2009, eds. Efthimios Tambouris and Ann Macintosh, 147-156. ePart 2009, 1st International conference Linz, Austria, September 1-3, 2009. Linz: Trauner Verlag Universität.

5.4 Delakorda, Simon in Matej Delakorda. 2009. E-participation - a new sphere of NGO activity? Civil Society Forum, Bratislava 2009. CEE Trust. Available from

5.5 Delakorda, Simon. 2007. Citizens' forum: the first successful eDemocracy initiative in the Republic of Slovenia? In Expanding the knowledge economy: issues, applications, case studies, eds. Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham, 449-459. Amsterdam: Ios Press.

5.6 Delakorda, Simon. 2006. Models of democracy and the design of Slovenian political party websites. In Social informatics: an information society for all? In remembrance of Rob Kling, ed. International Federation for Information Processing, 279-295. Proceedings of the seventh international conference on human choice and computers (HCC7), Maribor, Slovenia, September 21-23, 2006. Available from

Extended bibliography is available at INePA library:

6. Legal information

Logo: Institut_za_elektronsko_participacijo

Full legal name: Institute for Electronic Participation - INePA
Official adress: Povšetova ulica 37, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Telephone number: +386 41 365 529 (mobile)
E-mail: Ta e-poštni naslov je zaščiten proti smetenju. Če ga želite videti, omogočite Javascript.
Registry number:SI2350041000
VAT number: SI64376435
Bank account number: SI56 6100 0001 7608 466
Bank: Delavska hranilnica d.d., Miklošičeva 5, 1000 Ljubljana, BIC/SWIFT: HDELSI22
Legal status: Private institute - non-profit nongovernmental organisation
Activity code: M72.200 Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
Research areas: Digital democracy, eParticipation, eGovernance, Information society, NGOs, Active citizenship, European Union.
Date of establishment: 21. november 2007
Director: Simon Delakorda, M.Sc. Political Science

7. Recognitions

(2011) The Puzzled by Policy on-line participation project aiming at empowering EU citizens in migration policy.making (, received ePractice Editor's Choice recognition (

(2009) The European eParticipation Study: Listed among key actors in eParticipation developments in Europe.

(2007) The on-line Citizen's Forum European Debates aiming at strengthening on-line democracy within institutional setting of the European Parliament ( received  ePractice Editor's Choice recognition (

More INePA recognitions at:

O nas

Prispevamo k razvoju demokracije in sodelovanju javnosti z družbeno inovativno uporabo interneta. Zavod INePA (Inštitut za elektronsko participacijo) je prva profesionalna nevladna organizacija na področju razvoja demokracije in sodelovanja javnosti s pomočjo novih spletnih tehnologij. Inštitut deluje kot strokovni vir znanja, informacij in izkušenj ter kot priznana referenca za uspešno izvajanje kompleksnih partnerskih projektov na področju e-participacije in e-demokracije.

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