Today, there is a lack of youth engagement in policymaking. On one hand, we (yes, young people talking here) feel decision-makers do not account for our needs and priorities and the decision-making process lacks transparency. On the other hand, decision-makers need more concrete and useful proposals, which can be discussed and considered.
Our lack of understanding of the policymaking process keeps us from participating in a more effective way. We decided to build OpenPolicy Europe to fix this.
What is OpenPolicy Europe?
OpenPolicy Europe is the first digital hub for understanding and engaging with policy at European and Member State levels. It is a tool that allows you to get a better understanding of how the policymaking process works, who’s involved, what policies are in place where, and how you can get involved in policy making.
We want to overcome the perception of policy being distant and overwhelming, and encourage active citizenship through engagement with authorities and policymakers at national and European levels.
In March 2021, a team representing EYEN won the SOLVE THE GAP – 48h EU Youth Digital Hackathon with the idea for OpenPolicy Europe.
The SOLVE THE GAP – 48h EU Youth Digital Hackathon was organised by the Portuguese Conselho Nacional de Juventude, in the framework of the European Youth Conference in Portugal (12th-15th March) and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the auspices of the European Commission.
During those 48h, we created the basic concept of OpenPolicy Europe, watch our winning pitch below:
Note: The initial name of this project was “European Policy Hub”
While EYEN is the network which supports it and created the space for this idea to be born, OpenPolicy Europe is a platform, and a project from EYEN.