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The VoicE Project

How is the safety of toys guaranteed? Which additives are allowed in food? Will the European market for electricity be liberalised? EU legislation in the area of consumer protection is hardly comprehensible for many consumers and raises a multitude of questions.

In future, citizens will have a unique chance to discuss current topics linked to consumer protection with their representatives in Brussels on the eParticipation platform “VoicE”.

The discussion will focus on five main topics:

  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Nutrition
  • Toy safety
  • Consumer market watch

The site offers background information on all the above topics as well as EU legislation and the European institutions.

Using state-of-the-art communication tools like blogs and online forums, the platform facilitates a constructive dialogue between citizens and their elected representatives at EU level. For the first time, there will be a regional subdivision: one platform is implemented in Baden-W├╝rttemberg (Germany) and one in Valencia (Spain).

Citizens can thus directly contact the MEPs from their local region, ask relevant questions and voice their opinions. Politicians have an opportunity to react immediately to citizens’ proposals, answer queries and position themselves in the area of consumer protection. VoicE allows them to listen to their voters’ concerns and learn more about their expectations of European politics.

VoicE – a new form of online citizen’s participation

  • Regional and thematic focus
  • News section: easy-to-understand background information on consumer protection
  • Question of the week: opportunity to vote on current issues in the area of consumer protection
  • Visualisation: which stage has a proposal reached already and when will voting take place in the European Parliament?