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Procedure : 2016/2008(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0041/2017

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 15/03/2017 - 19
CRE 15/03/2017 - 19

Votes :

PV 16/03/2017 - 6.10
CRE 16/03/2017 - 6.10

Texts adopted :


Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

19. e-Democracy in the EU: potential and challenges (debate)
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  Marju Lauristin, on behalf of the S&D Group . – Madam President, I would like to start by thanking the rapporteur and all the people who worked on this very important report. I would also like to thank the Commissioner, who gave a very concise overview of the technological conditions. Without those, we cannot have any kind of new developments in democracy.

I am also glad that we are now speaking, not only about the digital single market, but also about digital Europe, digital society and digital democracy. Coming from Estonia, which has already been mentioned as a laboratory of e-Democracy, I have to say that our experience shows not only how far we are already capable of going, but also how technology itself does not really give us better democracy when we do not complement that with a proper education. It is not only digital skills in the narrow sense: what I really want to stress is that we need to think about what it will mean to have civic education, not only for young people and children, but also for older people so that they will not only be capable of using technological devices, but will be capable of using all the information which is available in this digital world. For example, our experience with digital voting or e—Elections shows that new quality comes only when parties provide new digital content. Instead of a kind of commercial approach to elections, there should be an information- and knowledge—based approach, so that voters not only vote digitally but also have basic information and analytical information. However, to do that they also need analytical skills.

Young people are really no longer interested in traditional forms of democracy. They are interested in democracy, but in the e-Environment. They can also use totally different methods, so I suppose that we have to think much more about education, not only digital, but education in general in the digital world.

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