MOMENTUM (a Support Action to eParticipation Project co-funded by the European Commission) organised the eParticipation Conference: Current State of Play & Future Directions at the European Parliament (Brussels) on 15 December 2009. The Conference turned to be a huge success thanks to prominent speakers, outstanding attendees and a total of 124 participants.
The participants were welcomed by Anna Triantafillou (MOMENTUM’s Project Coordinator from Athens Technology Center), Mechthild Rohen (European Commission, Head of Unit ICT for Government and Public Services, DG Information Society and Media) and Thanassis Chrissafis (Coordinator, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media). The event was organised around 3 plenary sessions and a discussion:
- Plenary Session 1 - eParticipation Research and Practice Concerning Environmental Issues (moderated by Dr. Julia Glidden from 21c)
- Plenary Session 2 - Digital Policy Making (moderated by Dr. Julia Glidden from 21c)
- Plenary Session 3 - Using the Digital Channel to Have Your Say and Be Heard (moderated by Fraser Henderson from ParticiTech)
- Discussion - Future Direction (moderated by Dr. Maria Wimmer from the University of Koblenz)
The attendees of the Conferences had also a great pleasure to be joined by a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Dr. Paul Rübig and Christophe Nonnenmacher (Press Officer to MEP Sandrine Bélier) via video conference from Strasbourg (France). Both of them presented their insight into and view on the importance of eParticipation projects and ICT solutions towards greater involvement of the EU citizens in the decision-making processes.
The topic of the Conference and of respective plenary sessions turned out to be particularly interesting for the participants as a huge majority of them actively participated by asking the speakers engaging questions. In addition, the attendees had time for networking and to find out more about eParticipation Project co-funded by the European Commission from their representatives during an exhibition of the projects and a cocktail reception, which concluded the Conference.