Remote Deliberation in the EU Parliament: Lessons and Challenges during the Covid-19 Pandemic
About the EU Parliament. Written on September, 2020
Introduction: The Importance of Face-to-Face Interaction in Parliamentary Democracy
The European Parliament is a central institution for democracy, with 705 members representing 27 different Member States. Traditionally, the parliament functions as a physical place where people engage in face-to-face communication and decision-making. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted this norm, presenting unique challenges and forcing the European Parliament to adapt quickly and efficiently.
Digitalisation and Communication: Expanding Access to Information and Parliamentary Proceedings
Before the Covid-19 crisis, the European Parliament had already embarked on a digitalization process, which focused on transitioning to a paperless institution and expanding communication and information services to the outside world. Efforts included broadcasting meetings and press conferences through TV and streaming services, maintaining a comprehensive and accessible website, and engaging with citizens on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. These initiatives aimed to bridge the gap between the institution and the public, particularly younger generations.