The main objective of e-Participation.eu manual and the project is to exchange citizens’ e-participation practices in order to increase and promote participatory opportunities within the European Union member states starting from local governments.
The driving force behind the project is the growing concern about democratic deficit in the society. There are different projects and initiatives across Europe that have addressed this problem and have generated interesting tools and solutions for dealing with it. Still, there is little sharing of knowledge
and experience gained from such projects among local governments in the EU member states.
This eParticipation manual tries to fill this gap and presents a collection of cases which can be taken as models for citizens and local public authorities in using various e-democracy tools for participation.
This practical presentation of best practices is first of all targeted to the officials of local authorities and institutions responsible for dealing with local public participation and democracy issues. Hopefully, this material will also inspire the wider public, including the representatives of civil society
The e-Manual is the result of Interreg IVC financed project „eCitizen II – Towards citizen-centered eGovernment in European cities and regions“, .