Puzzled by Policy

Puzzled by Policy aims to help end the detachment and disillusionment of citizens in the policy making process of the EU by improving information resources and tools.  Current ways of informing citizens and allowing them to participate can be difficult to access, time consuming to use and yield little results. By providing citizens with an engaging and easy-to-use platform, where they can learn about and engage with policy issues, the initiative hopes to make participation in EU policy much easier. Many Governments today recognise that to deliver effective public policy they need to enhance citizen and community involvement in the policy making process. Unfortunately, many citizens and communities feel that policy development is a process that they do not understand and have little control over. Policy making can be seen by many as an elitist process, taking place only amongst government and the more influential members of society; this project aims to dispel this belief. The project combines mature methods enabling citizens to participate with new Web 2.0, social networking and mobile technologies. It will reduce the complexity of policy-making and legislative processes of EU and national governments and pro-actively engage citizens in the policy-making process.  “Puzzled by Policy” is funded by the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) – ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) with a total budget of €3.89 million. It has a consortium consisting of 12 partners from nine European Countries (Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom). It started in October 2010 and will run for 3 years.

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