Legislative decision-making in the European Union is often a large and incomprehensible procedure for citizens. Usually people do not know what is going on in Brussels since they have no chance to modify or to have an influence on the final decision.
VoicE is a European project co-funded in the framework of the eParticipation action of the European Commission. The project started in January 2008 and will run until December 2009 (thanks also to the approval by the European Commission of a new project - VoiceS - the activities of VoiceS will run until the end of 2010).
VoicE promotes the dialogue between citizens and their EU decisionmakers and other political stakeholders in the field of consumer protection in two regions: the Valencia region in Spain and Baden-Württemberg in Germany. The VoicE regional e-platforms take advantage of the novel eParticipation devices and tools in order to solve that lack of information and transparency in the legislative procedure. In that sense the objective of the VoicE project is to give European people a voice in this legislation process with the use of state-of-the-art ICT and methodologies, focused on the policy field of consumer protection.
VoicE gives voice to the citizens. Citizens and society in general need to be aware of the participation opportunities. It creates communication channels between consumers and politicians, giving citizens immediate access to complex legislative issues. It communicates to the citizens the decisions taken. It informs the citizens which matters are being debated in Brussels since information is the basis for citizen participation in political affairs.
|Award category:||citizen involvement|
|Sector:||Information society, technology, media and audiovisual|
|Type of activity:||cooperation|
|Keywords:||e-Participation, ICT, law making, dialogue, citizen information, transparency, consumer protection|
|Short English description:||VoicE promotes the dialogue between citizens and their EU decisionmakers and other political stakeholders in the field of consumer protection in two regions: the Valencia region in Spain and Baden-Württemberg in Germany|
|Organisation:||Dirección General de Modernización|
|Other applicants:||MFG Baden-Württemberg, Dirección General de Modernización, Government to you; Förderverein Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg, University Koblenz-Landau, Eurosoc Beratergruppe für Europäische Fragen, Ministerium für Ernährung und ländlichen Raum Baden-Württemberg|
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|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|