Teeme Ära SA, reg code 90010442 (CitizenOS)
eLabEurope / The Good Lobby
Data Research and Development Agency
the Network of Tallinn, Maastricht and Osnabrück universities
Our partner universities combine a broad and unique range of internationally oriented programmes. We've also partnered with theGoodLobby (EU Advocacy School) during the Advocate Europe Idea Camp.
Uneven stakeholder consultations advance the perception of the EU as a policymaker ‘behind-closed-doors’. When large corporations spent some €838 million for lobbying in Brussels, academics and small nonprofits have a much weaker position.
We propose an evidence-based policy co-creation tool that links the academics and the EU legislators. Students, research fellows, think tanks and research startups will be empowered to weight in and peer-review the draft legislative reports.
OpenPolicy.eu will be a web application allowing online collaboration of academics across the EU.
Stakeholder consultations on the EU law must be more transparent and align to the best available scientific evidence. However, this is not always the case in the early stages of policymaking.
Our project intentionally concentrates on one specific part of the EU policymaking that remains in shadow – the midpoint of the co-decision procedures, when the committees of the European Parliament amend the legislative proposals initiated by the Commission. This is a critical moment because the legislative proposals are seriously modified in the committees without the direct, online evidence-based consultations.
We will launch the participatory policymaking app, OpenPolicy.eu, which will open up the legislative drafts to the evidence-based arguments. Academics' interaction via the app will provide the EU policymakers with more balanced stakeholder input on the proposed legislation.
- The app will increase the number of academics that contribute to policy proposals and share their views with just a few clicks.
- The app will transform the policy-making into a modern, online collaborative experience.
- Policy-makers will get assistance to create smarter policy, engaging wider knowledge and expertise.
- Students will get the ‘learning-by-doing’ experience of policymaking.
In the long run, the app will improve trust in the EU legislature by making policy-making more transparent.
1. Releasing the new web app based on our prototype (OpenAmendments.eu) and the popular open source code (CitizenOS.com). The app will get new features (automated engagement emails and legislator feedback; power-up reminders and gamification (points allocation).
2. Using the app we will carry out the first three rounds of consultations engaging the tandem of universities and the members of the European Parliament. Three events will take place in university auditoriums to present the app and give a start to 10weeks online consultations. The participants will win prizes and the most active will be awarded the trip to Brussels where they will attend the committee hearings and present the results of the consultations.
3. The media campaign will promote enrolment for the next rounds.
We are the unconventional tandem of computer engineers and political scientists united by the huge enthusiasm in innovative democracy and creative politics. We believe digital initiatives can help academics and small NGOs be better heard.
We have worked on the app prototype (OpenAmendments.eu) for 12 months and received a motivating feedback in Brussels.
The prototype can already upload easy-to-read and concise summaries of draft reports currently in progress in the EP committees. We have also tested the features that automate engagement (customized emails, tweets, reminders, legislators’ feedback, power-up messages); text annotations (modify, comment, support or oppose the amendments); social networks (sharing links to amendments). It is important to give the app its final boost.
The app will help the educational organizations, think tanks, small NGOs and nonprofits to exercise a stronger impact on the EU policy-making. It will also help the EU officials, MEPs, Commission DGs and European political parties to gain more trust and create smarter policy. The app will refresh the university seminar teaching mechanisms and benefit the students from different departments that are rarely exposed to the EU policymaking.
We have prior agreement to work together with the Good Lobby initiative, the MEP offices, the tutors from the Maastricht University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Politics Department) and the Tallinn Technical University (Tallinn Law School).
A). Our idea stands out because of its strong methodological foundation tested in many crowdsourcing experiments including the Collaborative Competition model which is applied in different sectors (from gaming to government relations). The method encourages tackling the growing complexity from various points of view while increasing the levels of participation. It has the proven track record of success.
B). Our team combines the wisdom of tech engineers, political analysts, and visual designers. We are proud of our vigilance. One year prior to this application we started our preparatory research and conducted interviews with officials in the EU Institutions, NGOs, and political youth movements.
A surprising bonus is that one of our team members is a commercial airplane pilot.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
office expenses 3872 EUR, travel and accommodation costs 1506 EUR, event costs 2869 EUR, software development costs 11556 EUR, public relations 354 EUR, personnel costs 20772 EUR
It would be very useful to find out more about the strength and weaknesses of online citizen engagements campaign.