The hearing was organised by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and focused on the Potential and Challenges of E-Democracy in the EU. The session was structured in three parts: a first panel providing the institutional perspective of the relevant departments at the Parliament and at the European Commission; a second panel featuring academics and experts in this topic, and a third session focussing on the interim reports of three studies commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department on Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs will be presented.
Elisa Lironi, ECAS’ Digital Democracy Coordinator, presented the interim report on “The Potential and Challenges of E-Participation in the European Union“. The study was commissioned to ECAS in February 2016 and the final version will be published in the beginning of May 2016.
The preliminary results of the study were used to send some key messages to the European Parliament:
The other two interim reports were presented on the potential and challenges of E-Voting in the European Union and on the legal and political context for setting up a European Identity Document. They have been commissioned, respectively, to the European University Institute and to Milieu Limited consultants.
Watch ECAS’ presentation at the hearing (from minute 2:06:30)