[LINK] Electronic petitions to Parliament
brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Mar 2 15:33:38 AEDT 2011
On 1/03/2011 10:21 AM, Philip Argy wrote:
> John Murphy, Member for Reid, mentioned in this speech to Federal Parliament
> yesterday that electronic petitions were imminent:
> 16.2 - not before time! Surprisingly, no mention of Government 2.0 and the
> work that Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh (and many LINKers) have done in that
Petitions were useful in the days when communications between the
citizenship and the government were generally slow and non-coherent. A
petition solved (or helped to solve) the problem of drawing the
attention of the executive to concerns held by groups of people, the
size of the petition being an indicator of the size of the group. It
also brought a degree of coherence to the message.
In today's communications rich environment, does that problem still
exist? What problem does an e-petition solve?
Anyway, those working in the field may already know about the EU -
EuroPetition project. More details are at
The EuroPetition project is implementing a trans-European Local
Authority service providing distributed citizen engagement and
interaction with the European Parliament’s PETI Petitions Committee and
the European Citizens' Initiative.
EuroPetition is a Local Authority provided service providing distributed
citizen engagement and interaction with the European Parliament and
Citizens Initiative online procedures using a proven open-source UK
ePetitions service and experience, and building on the innovative and
state-of-the-art Web 2.0 applications. The project will Pilot Trial the
coordination and submission of cross-border and pan-European Citizen
Initiative EuroPetitions from 5 regions in Spain (Andalucia), Italy
(Vineto), the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK (England) and involving
over 4.9 million citizens across the EU.
The project is working with clusters of Local Authorities and citizens
in each of the 5 pilot territories to build both local and
trans-national EuroPetitions for submission to the European Parliament
and a Citizens Initiative to the Commission. The project aims to create
a simple and scalable process which will build local support for
petitions and then to migrate these to other territories to achieve
cross-border and ultimately pan-European support.
eParticipation EU The EuroPetition project is sponsored by the European
Commission under the eParticipation preparatory action.
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