Electronic democracy is primarily about democracy and not
The development of the information society should be considered
as a challenge and opportunity, providing the means for enhancing
democratic principles and responding to certain shortcomings and
deficits of democratic systems.
E-tools offer great potential for improving democratic practice
and participation, transparency, accountability and responsiveness
of democratic institutions, as well as for the promotion of citizens’
engagement and for increasing empowerment and the accessibility
and inclusiveness of the democratic process.
The Assembly calls on national parliaments and authorities
at all levels to develop a political vision for the application
of Information and Communication Technologies in the political process,
and to make full use of e-tools to reinforce it. Moreover, it calls
on the Council of Europe to elaborate guidelines, set standards
and propose solutions for regulatory mechanisms and harmonisation
in the member states.