[p2p-research] Fwd: EU funding - for peer governance ?

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 19:18:00 CEST 2009

This seems like a great funding round, and congruent with the p2p value
system ... it's focus is 'political decision-making though',

I think some of our American  and Australian friends, already active in this
field,  if they can find suitable european proxies and collaborators, could
profit from this as well, but I have no idea how this could work and if it
is allowed ...

I think Athina, and perhaps others, have already quite some experience with
such projects ...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dante-Gabryell Monson <dante.monson at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 9:53 PM
Subject: EU funding - for peer governance ?
To: Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 at gmail.com>, Athina Karatzogianni <
athina.k at gmail.com>

Hi Michel, Hi Athina

EU Funding options - in english below



Appel à projet européen :

*Appel CIP-ICT PSP-2009-3 bis*

L’appel à propositions CIP-ICT PSP-2009-3bis a été lancé le 5 juin 2009. Cet
appel sera clos le 23 septembre 2009, son budget est de 7 millions d’euros.

Thème couvert par cet appel : Des TIC pour les gouvernements et la
gouvernance, objectif 3.5 : eParticipation, responsabiliser et impliquer les
citoyens dans la transparence du processus décisionnel de l’UE.

*Objective 3.5:*

e-Participation - empower and involve citizens in transparent decisionmaking
in the EU20Funding Instrument: Pilot Type B – It is intended to support
several pilot actions for up to 7 M€ of EU contribution. Focus and
outcomesThe overall aim is to address with ICT based solutions today's
challenges in policy making. These include : fighting the perceived
democratic deficit, which requires a new relationship between politicians
and citizens, and which is particularly challenging at EU level;
reconnecting citizens with politics and policy-making and sustaining
citizens’ involvement; reducing the complexity of decision-making and
legislation processes within the EU.It is intended to support several
pilots, each focusing on at least one of the following goals:

1. Enabling transparent decision and policy making by supporting the
drafting of legislative texts for politicians and decision-makers. The
piloted solutions should help improve the clarity and understanding of
legislative texts and content for non-specialists and in a multi-lingual
environment, thus facilitating citizens' participation in the process.

2. Enhancing the direct participation of citizens and civil society in the
decision-making process itself, and improving the access to relevant content
and available options, thus enabling them to interact with decision-makers
in real time and with concrete contributions.

3.Involving citizens in the policy-making process by enhancing social
networking capacities, using new intermediation models, creating
collaborative input to policymaking (e.g. data gathering, sharing collective
knowledge, Web2.0 technologies) thus enabling the provision of policy-making
related services by citizens.

*Conditions and characteristics*

> The solutions proposed should clearly address an EU legislative, policy or
decisionmaking process and contribute to improving the process concerned and
to increasing the participation of the public. Attention should be given to
solutions which are easy to use and understand by citizens (rather than e.g.
by ICT and other experts).

> The pilot should involve a significant number of citizens from several EU
Member States. The needs of decision-makers and citizens should be taken
into account from a very early stage of the pilot.

> The ICT solutions should enable a wider group of people to voice their
opinions, provide input and get involved in politics. All projects will
contribute to improving the usability of web-based and other ICT tools in
the field. Accessibility21, multi-lingual and multi-cultural issues need to
be taken into account as well as adapting the tool to be used by people who
may have only limited knowledge of the subject area and low level IT skills.

> Proposals should demonstrate a clear understanding and definition of the
institutional environment concerned and the civil society actors involved.
The pilots must include and mobilise all relevant actors involved, including
decision-makers, citizens, civil society groups and the private sector.

> Along with the technical pilot phase, the pilots will also have to
identify and develop sustainable business models that would grant financial
self-sustainability to the proposed strategy in the long term.

> The pilots will also have to address legal, administrative and protocol
issues related to the real working and operational conditions.
The pilots will have to produce an appropriate evaluation framework so as to
allow service impact assessment and, in parallel, provide an analysis of the
proposed solution in terms of the costs and benefits of implementation.

> The pilots should exploit the experience of other Commission-funded
programmes or applications, in particular projects financed under the
eParticipation Preparatory Action20.

> The proposals should provide an effective dissemination plan, especially
in terms of the impact at European level, including networking and ways to
attract a wider audience to participate. The pilots should also provide
training material and modules, and operational manuals so as to guarantee
better acceptance and adoption of the proposed solutions.

*Expected impact*

1. High level of maturity in the use of ICTs in transparent, participatory
and accountable decision-making.

2. Demonstrated improvements in policy and decision-making

3. Enhanced citizens' capacity to participate in EU policy and
decision-making through wide scale collaboration across the EU

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