Representation: have your say

The Commission is asking for views on its third theme: Representation. To have your say, visit our new contributions website. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like. You have until 31 July! 

You can also email or post on any of our social media channels. If you prefer to send your thoughts to us not in writting (such as video or sound cloud), please attach or send a link.
[email protected], twitter, facebook or LinkedIn.

Questions we are asking:

Elected representatives

  • What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?
  • Will the digital era lead to pressure for more direct democracy, such as crowd-sourcing, referendums and citizens’ initiatives?
  • How can MPs make better use of the internet and social media to represent their constituents – and how can constituents use these tools to ensure they are being represented in the way they wish?
  • Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?

Information about politics

  • How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?
  • The news media is changing rapidly - and the ways that people consume information, including news, is changing fast too. Will objective information about the political process continue to be easily available, and even if it is, will citizens be willing to seek it out?

Political campaigning

  • Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?

Note: The Commission will be consulting separately on the issue of online voting in elections in September, but if you have thoughts you wish to share before then, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Further information

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