The original purpose of the e-Democracy Office and Portal was to support the processing, implementation and updating procedures of the two main regional governance tools: the RDP (Regional Development Programme) and the RCS (Regional Coordination Scheme). Nevertheless, additional services have been made available over time through the ‘Terzo Veneto’ portal, with the aim of fostering integrated participation processes by using online consultations as a flanking instrument to be employed near the traditional contact methods and tools for coordinating institutional activities. The platform provides users with a range of online services in order to manage, organise and launch initiatives aimed at promoting participation, as well as coordinating and cooperating in the assessment and organisation of initiatives for citizens and animating the local political and social debate. Traditional Internet tools, such as e-mail, mailing lists, newsletters, newsgroups, forums, etc. are used to provide communication and information. The new services comprise:
consultations has been created on the portal. The mission is to ‘give voice’ to the various stakeholders of the Regional Parliament, aiming to create a ‘virtual management’ phase for the various consultations concerning regional bill projects
its scope by setting up a dedicated project for schools called ‘Civil Life’ (www.civillife.it) - an area of the portal which is wholly dedicated to younger users. Specific communication tools have been designed with suitable language and contents. This area includes a dedicated forum, a video space, targeted surveys and direct links to the websites of regional high schools.
is an innovative game that enables both young and old users to become acquainted with the places and circumstances in which decisions are taken in the context of democratic life, by virtually experimenting with social and political accountability and representation.
(http://it.youtube.com/ terzoveneto), pertaining to the popular videosharing website, has been made accessible from the site. This channel is dedicated only to the e-democracy activity of the Regional Parliament.
terzoveneto.it/ricerca.php) facilitates the understanding of the different online services, enabling users to browse the website even if they are not familiar with the administrative procedures or with the language of bureaucracy.
The platform receives 6000 visitors per month with many of them participating in blogs and forum discussions.
|Award category:||citizen involvement|
|Sector:||Regional policy and development, decentralisation|
|Type of activity:||community and stakeholder participation|
|Keywords:||e-Democracy, e-Participation, online consultation, web 2.0|
|Short English description:||The platform provides users with a range of online services in order to manage, organise and launch initiatives aimed at promoting participation, as well as coordinating and cooperating in the assessment and organisation of initiatives for citizens and animating the local political and social debate.|
|Organisation:||Regional Parliament of Veneto|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|