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Belgium-Flemish-Community

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5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

There are no legal provisions for e-participation. In general, E-participation is often emphasised as the ultimate way to involve young people in policy and society. As indicated in paragraph 5.4, 67% of the municipalities organised online participation (5% on a structural basis, 62% ad hoc) in 2017.         

On the website of Bataljong some tools and instruments that can be used for online participation are mentioned. These are however more general commercial tools which also can be used for online participation. They are not specific geared towards e-participation.

Within the framework of the Digital Week 2017 the organisations Cultuurconnect, Mediawijs and Linc developed the Inspiration Package: E-participation and active citizenship (Inspiratiepakket: E-participatie en actief burgerschap). Although this brochure is not exclusively geared towards young people, age specific tips are given under which several ones to realize e-participation among young people.

In the past, a few official opportunities for e-participation exised in Flanders, but these are no longer operative:

#BePart 

At the end of 2015, the Ambrassade organised an international event on e-participation, with the support of the Erasmus + program. About 30 European youth workers from seven different countries attended this four-day international conference in which they shared good practices and experiences on e-participation.

Young said (Jonggezegd)

Jonggezegd.be was an online participation tool that cities and towns could use to give young people a say in municipal policy through consultations. The tool allowed young people to bring on subjects and items and the municipalities could forward questions and issues to their young inhabitants. The tool was developed for young people between 12 and 25, with 15-18 year olds as a focus. However, this tool is no longer operative.