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DCP v2.0 aims at innovating the civic education process resulting in increased participation of young people in their communities.

 

As part of this innovation, a user-friendly manual will be developed, which will gather and present a collection of known e-participation tools, with practical examples to enhance civic participation. In conclusion, the project attempts to assess whether investing in digital tools to enhance participation during COVID-19 is appropriate. One consideration is whether their use, post- pandemic, will maintain or extend audience participation. Additionally, activities that increase participants’ access to and interaction with planning processes, and the knowledge and data they provide, might also have positive long-term impacts on other stakeholders, such as local communities. However, we need to keep in mind that digital technologies are not neutral and should not be used blindly. As a part of the participation palette, however, they can potentially help projects to reach a larger number of stakeholders.

Aims:

  • Inform, train and empower target group to address the challenges in civic participation of the post COVID-19 era,
  • focus on sustainable solutions for selected cities and their local communities,
  • build an innovative and fruitful collaboration with local authorities, with the potential to spread at EU level.

 

Objectives:

  • Analyze, monitor and research existing tools and methods of civic e-participation
  • Present these tools in a youth friendly way, along with practical examples, making them easier to understand and more accessible to EU citizens
  • Educate, train and empower both young citizens and municipal employees on e- participation tools and concepts such as e-democracy, participatory approaches for local governance etc.
  • Identify and exchange European good practices in the field of e-participation between European municipalities
  • Identify common local issues and challenges and work together on common solutions
  • Boost online engagement and eventually increase levels of participation of EU citizens
  • Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local communities: to reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life within and the functioning of local communities as well as on the forms that civic participation takes under the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Partners:

  • INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH & TRAINING ON EUROPEAN AFFAIRS – I.R.T.E.A. – Greece
  • MUNICIPALITY OF CINISELLO BALSAMO – Italy
  • MUNICIPALITY OF STARACHOWICE – Poland
  • PONT Group – Romania
  • MUNICIPALITY OF KLAIPEDA – Lithuania

DCP v2.0 is funded by the European Union through Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV).