Implementing Digital Parliament Innovative Concepts for Citizens and Policy Makers

  • Fotios FitsilisEmail author
  • Dimitris Koryzis
  • Vasilios Svolopoulos
  • Dimitris Spiliotopoulos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10293)


The organizational stability of Parliaments comes in direct contradiction with rapid progress in digital technology in recent decades, particularly in the ICT domain. By participating in a series of networking activities through European funded research programs, the Hellenic Parliament and the Austrian Parliament have placed themselves in the forefront of parliamentary innovation. This paper will focus on these activities and relevant findings on their impact, citizen adoption and application-to-end-user acceptance, where end users are parliaments and citizens alike. A range of technological challenges that modern Parliaments face and discrete actions of parliamentary innovation will also be shown. Finally, the paper will present the prospects that arise from the use of the latest ICT technologies in Parliaments. We shall also examine limitations in the use of such tools and shall propose potential areas of technological research and innovation for parliamentary application.


Europe Parliaments Project User adoption User interaction Policy making Policy adoption LEX-IS Spaces+ NOMAD ARCOMEM ΜΕΤΑLOGUE 



The authors would like to thank the associates of the European Programs Implementation Service (EPIS) of the Hellenic Parliament (HeP), a key stakeholder of the described FP7 European Commission projects. The present work would not be possible without their steady support and cooperation throughout the project cycle, and their commitment in parliamentary excellence.


  1. 1.
    European Commission: eParticipation.
  2. 2.
  3. 3.
    Crossover EU Programme: Links.
  4. 4.
    Charalabidis, Y., Lampathaki, F., Misuraca, G., Osimo, D.: ICT for governance and policy modelling: research challenges and future prospects in Europe. In: Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). IEEE Computer Society (2012)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Koryzis, D., Fitsilis, F., Schefbeck, G.: Moderated policy discourse vs. non-moderated crowdsourcing in social networks – a comparative approach. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS), Jusletter IT (2013)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Spiliotopoulos, D., Koryzis, D., Schefbeck, G.: Crowdsourcing and transparency in the legislative process: the NOMAD approach. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS), Jusletter IT (2014)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Kindra, G., Stapenhurst, F., Pellizo, R.: ICT and the transformation of political communication. Int. J. Adv. Manag. Sci. 2(1), 32–42 (2013)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Papaloi, A., Gouscos, D.: E-parliaments and novel parliament-to-citizen services. eJournal eDemocracy Open Gov. 3(1), 80–98 (2011)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Griffith, J., Leston-Bandeira, C.: How are parliaments using new media to engage with citizens? J. Legis. Stud. 18(3–4), 496–513 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Papaloi, A., Gouscos, D.: Parliamentary information visualization as a means for legislative transparency and citizen empowerment? eJournal eDemocracy Open Gov. 5(2), 174–186 (2013)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Scherer, S., Neuroth, C., Schefbeck, G., Wimmer, M.A.: Enabling eParticipation of the youth in the public debate on legislation in Austria: a critical reflection. In: Macintosh, A., Tambouris, E. (eds.) ePart 2009. LNCS, vol. 5694, pp. 151–162. Springer, Heidelberg (2009). doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-03781-8_14 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Spiliotopoulos, D., Schefbeck, G., Koryzis, D.: Obtaining societal feedback on legislative issues through content extraction from the social web. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS), Jusletter IT (2013)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Alexandersson, J., Aretoulaki, M., Campbell, N., Gardner, M., Girenko, A., Klakow, D., Koryzis, D., Petukhova, V., Specht, M., Spiliotopoulos, D., Stricker, A: Metalogue: a multiperspective multimodal dialogue system with metacognitive abilities for highly adaptive and flexible dialogue management. In: 10th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE), pp. 365–368. IEEE (2014)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Lampathaki, F., Charalabidis, Y., Osimo, D., Koussouris, S., Armenia, S., Askounis, D.: Paving the way for future research in ICT for governance and policy modelling. In: Janssen, M., Scholl, H.J., Wimmer, M.A., Tan, Y. (eds.) EGOV 2011. LNCS, vol. 6846, pp. 50–61. Springer, Heidelberg (2011). doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-22878-0_5 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Keane, J.: The Life and Death of Democracy. Simon and Schuster, London (2009)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Milakovich, E.M.: The internet and increased citizen participation in government. eJournal eDemocracy Open Gov. 2(1), 1–9 (2010)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Schefbeck, G.: Workshop «Elektronische Rechtsetzung». In: Proceedings of the 18th International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS), Jusletter IT (2015)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fotios Fitsilis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dimitris Koryzis
    • 2
  • Vasilios Svolopoulos
    • 2
  • Dimitris Spiliotopoulos
    • 3
  1. 1.Scientific ServiceHellenic ParliamentAthensGreece
  2. 2.European Programs Implementation Service (EPIS)Hellenic ParliamentAthensGreece
  3. 3.Institute of Computer Science (FORTH)HeraklionGreece

Personalised recommendations