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Mana balss - How citizens petition Parliament with success

  1. 1. “ManaBalss.lv now puts Latvia at the forefront of European efforts to shift some forms of political participation to the Internet.” Madara Peipina, CEO, Latvia // 22 May, Sarajevo, POINT 4.0
  2. 2. 1. Who we are & how does it work 2. What are the results 3. What we have learned
  3. 3. We want to take people's ideas to Parliament and put them on the official agenda. WHO WE ARE?
  4. 4. STARTED IN 2011: SOLUTIONS INSTEAD OF MEANINGLESS PROTESTS
  5. 5. HOW DOES IT WORK? INITIATIVE SUBMITTED TO MANABALSS.LV, REVIEWED, IMPROVED INITIATIVE PUBLISHED ON MANABALSS.LV COLLECTING SIGNATURES 10 000 SIGNATURES >> SUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENT REVIEWED IN PARLIAMENT (TECHNICAL) REVIEWED & DISCUSSED IN PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION (CONTENT) A VOTE IN PARLIAMENT (SUGGESTED BY THE COMMISSION)
  6. 6. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? ● 15 e-petitions have gone to Parliament ● 8 e-petitions have received a vote on Parliament and become law amendments. ● Over 35% of Latvia’s population has visited ManaBalss.lv ● Recognized as an Open Government success story world wide
  7. 7. Initiatives that Parliament voted YES • Let’s Open the Parliament •Let’s Open the Offshores •Stop ACTA •Stricter Responsibility for Breaking the MP’s Oath •Equal Public Transport Fees in Riga •Restricting Syntethic Drugs Use •2% of GDP for State Defense
  8. 8. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED?
  9. 9. OPEN CODE & COULD THIS WORK IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
  10. 10. Thank you ! www.manabalss.lv // madara@manabalss.lv // +371 22077684

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