"EU Community" kick-off - Preparing the future of EU policy-making
BRUSSELS - "EU Community" was launched on 23 October 2013 in the Brussels’ Network Offices of EurActiv, the leading online Media on EU news and policy debates.
"EU Community" aims to lay the foundations for a new era in EU policymaking by providing tools that help identify credible stakeholders and relevant documents. It builds on the latest developments in online technologies to aggregate information into EU stakeholder profiles and policy process visualisations.
Thierry Van der Pyl, Director of the ‘Excellence in Science’ programme at DG CONNECT, said: "The European Commission is pleased to see the "EU Community" project kick off and is looking forward to this consortium delivering concrete results in this challenging area. Exploiting research-driven ICT in real-life examples through the pilots will be an opportunity to demonstrate true added value for users and policy developers."
Christophe Leclercq, EurActiv Founder and Initiator of "EU Community" project said: "This is the most ambitious project on which EurActiv is currently working. For 15 years, we have provided transparency to EU policies through independent journalism. Once the EU Community project is implemented, EU stakeholders will have online tools connected to offline events to increase their efficiency. This will support the next era in EU Policy-making."
Antonis Ramfos, Delivery Director of Research & Innovation at INTRASOFT International SA said: "Previous Policy Support projects have mainly focused on developing new technology. This project is different. It focuses on new technologies and improved processes. Fusing these two worlds together and putting the users in the driving seat will provide the impact."
Over the next 36 months, a consortium of leading research centres, ICT SME’s and media, will go through a process of prototyping new technologies, then test these in three concrete pilot cases and finally make plans for a wider roll-out over an EU policy media network by the end of the project.
The three EU pilot policy areas are ‘Future of the EU’, ‘Renewable energy’ and ‘Innovation strategy’. They have been selected because they will also be very relevant for the next EU political mandate from 2014 to 2019.
Profile information and key documents from European stakeholders (policy-makers, experts, NGO’s, journalists and informed citizens) will be aggregated and visualised to allow better stakeholder engagement with European decision makers.