Crowdsourcing EU legislation: Taking decisions with citizens and not for them!

EUCROWD concluding conference #DDD2018


27 February 2018, BIP, Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels

Many local and national governments worldwide are using crowdsourcing methods to enable people to participate in policy debates in a constructive way and to learn from each other throughout the deliberation process (“wisdom of the crowd” principle). Digital Democracy Day 2018 is being organised in the framework of the EUCROWD project, under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Commission, and will focus on how to encourage democratic engagement by exploring several national case studies and establishing a framework for an EU level pilot of crowdsourcing on the “Future of Europe”. The event will give an overview of international crowdsourcing practices, conclusions from conferences in Europe organised by project partners, and recommendations on the most suitable policies to be crowdsourced at EU level and the most appropriate e-participation tools to be used.


9.00-9.30     Registration

9.30-9.45     Keynote Speech

  • Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens Programme, European Commission
  • Representative Bulgarian Presidency (TBC)

9.45-11.15     Panel 1: Let’s Crowdsource! – Lessons Learned From Citizens at the National Level

Moderator: Simon Delakorda, Executive Director, Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA), Slovenia

  • Imants Breidaks, ManaBalss, Latvia
  • Nicolas Patte, Parlement & Citoyens, France
  • Alexandros Tzoumas, Science For You (SciFY), Greece
  • Josien Pieterse, Netwerk Democratie, Netherlands

11:15-11.30     Coffee break

11.30-12.50     Panel 2: Building Our Future Together! – Towards a Crowdsourcing Pilot at the EU Level

Moderator: Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director, ECAS

  • Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy Manager, ECAS
  • Anthony Zacharzewski, Director, Democratic Society
  • Serge Novaretti, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Julia Reda, MEP (TBC)
  • Stefan Schaefers, King Baudouin Foundation (TBC)

12:50-13.00     Concluding remarks

13:00-14.00     Lunch

Register here

The event will be streamed live on Facebook!

The EUCROWD event in Brussels is organized by European Citizen Action Service with the financial support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

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