Workshop II: Scouting European Union Online: In pursuit for E-Participation and E-Governance at the Grassroots

CEPOS Workshop
Scouting European Union Online: In pursuit for E-Participation and E-Governance at the Grassroots

1. Workshop Aims and Objectives:
The panel is aimed at launching and scouting a cross-sectorial analysis of the politics of social networking within the European Union’s (EU) virtual community pointing the utilization of the electronic media devices for e-participation and e-governance. The mission of the panel is to enable the inter-disciplinary perimeter of the EU social networking function squaring the basis of the public information, debate platform and institutional decision making. Our intention is to provide an active arena of discussions of information sharing between institutions, organizations, communities, non-governmental organizations, support-group and online communities etc.

The panel engenders a scouting ground for theoretical, empirical, practical facets for e-participation and e-governance seeking to deal with the latest claiming of the innovative online interactive applications of social networking used by the European Union’s and member states authorities to link the citizens to the act of governance. The groundwork of the panel debate plays the role of a social “hub” networking views and visions of experts, professional, academics, practitioners in the area. This scrutiny is typecasted using the “win-win” approach to the social, political, cultural, geographical issues activated by the use of the electronic media for personal and/ or professional engagements flapped by the interaction with the institutions, organization, authorities, community etc. This workshop proposal also patterns a pilot investigation applied to EU framework with the mission to evaluate their opinions and feed-back when interacting with the virtual communities’ gaps raising the following questions:To what extent does the EU politics of social networking associate citizens to the e-participation and e-governance processes?To what extent does the access to EU official online information and key information documents improve online civic engagement?To what extent does the politics of the IT function associate citizen-centred applications within the European framework?Which are the impacts of the use of the information and consultation platforms?Which are the benefits of the use of the social networking functions for e-participation and e-governance?Which are the main online social media platforms used within the European Union institutional framework?What is considered to be the EU policy offering most online information opportunities for its citizens?How often are the European Union institutions websites or online services accessed and used?Which online platform do you use to be informed on EU’s institutions activity?Which is the main problem when online interacting with the EU institutional authorities?How much does one appreciate the European Union authorities’ efforts to inform its citizens?How does one evaluate the protection of the privacy of personal information when using the online platforms?How do international and European media evaluate the use of the social media within the EU institutional design?How are security and data protection revealed by the media environment?

2. Workshop organizers:
Associate Professor Olimid Anca Parmena, Ph.D., CEPOS Center of Post-Communist Political Studies (CEPOS/ CESPO), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Craiova, e-mail: cepos2013@gmail.com; parmena2002@yahoo.com
Lecturer Georgescu Cătălina Maria, Ph.D., Center of Post-Communist Political Studies (CEPOS/ CESPO), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Craiova, Romania, e-mail: cepos2013@gmail.com, cata.georgescu@yahoo.com
3. Workshop Structure:
Workshop Structure reveals the cross-sectorial research outcomes of the CEPOS Center inter-disciplinary team (Center of Post-Communist Political Studies of the University of Craiova, Romania) while challenging both perspectives of the European Union online institutional information procurement and dissemination nowdays: a. the citizens’ perceptions and attitudes when accessing and effectively procuring and using these type of information (Presentation Paper 1); b. the European Union mass-media online content analysis regarding e-participation and e-governance (Presentation Paper 2).

A. Presentation Paper 1
Authors:Anca Parmena Olimid, Cătălina Maria Georgescu, Daniel Alin Olimid, Silviu Dorin Georgescu, Cosmin Lucian Gherghe
Paper 1 Title: Engineeringthe Information-Consultation-Social Media Kinship as a New Platform: EU Population Profile of Online Usage

The first paper will propose a cross-sectorial research based on a pilot test questionnaire of 22 questions applied to more than 60 respondents originated from EU and non-EU countries, but living, working and/ or studying in the European Union for more than one year focused on:
1. scouting and highlighting the politics of social networking within the European Union’s (EU) virtual community;
2. pointing the utilization of the electronic media devices for e-participation and e-governance.
This paper also challenges the EU online framework with the mission to evaluate the citizens’ opinions and feed-back when interacting with the virtual communities’ gaps by primarily exploring the following issues:
1. the frecquency of accessing the EU websites and / or online social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit etc.);
2. the feedback of using the EU online institutional information provided by websites or online services;
3. the (dis)agreementof using the EU/ national platforms;
4. the outcomes of using the personal data while applying for a job using EU online platforms;
5. the training opportunity using the EU/ national online platforms;
6. the interest(s) in receiving more information provided by the EU authorities;
7. the evaluation of the protection of privacy of personal information when using the EU/ national online platforms.

B. Presentation Paper 2
Authors:Cătălina Maria Georgescu, Anca Parmena Olimid, Daniel Alin Olimid, Silviu Dorin Georgescu, Cosmin Lucian Gherghe
Paper 2 Title:MonitoringMediaScrutiny of EU Official Information and Documentation. A Content Analysis of the EuropeanOnline News Coverage (January-May 2017)

The second paper discusses the media coverage of the European Union official information and documentation (press release, EU summits press conference communiques, etc.) released by the European Union official newsroom and disseminated using the online press in the period January-May 2017.
The paper reveals the inner-patterns of the EU online networking while challenging the most important public events of the Europeans during this period: i.e. celebration of the sixty years of the EU existence, Dutch elections of March 2017, French elections of April/ May 2017. The paper scrutinizes European online media platforms such as: politico.eu, europa.eu, neweurope.eu, age-platform.eu using the content analysis methodology. The paper analyses media coverage by exploring the following dimensions:
1. Targeting the main European themes in online media-coverage
2. Labeling the framing of online news articles
3. Determining the tone of journalists and issues
4. Pinpointing the most influencing issues in media coverage

C. Other papers to be presented through the Workshop Call of papers submitted via e-democracy website
D. Workshop round table discussions
E. Workshop final conclusions

 

4. CEPOS Workshop Participants’ Biodata
Associate Professor Olimid Anca Parmena, PH.D.Biodata:
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Associate Professor at the University of Craiova, Faculty of Social Sciences. She holds a B.A. in Law (2003), a B.A. in Political Sciences – University of Craiova (2003), a Ph.D. in Humanities (2008) and a post-doctoral scholarship in the field of Political Sciences (2010-2013). Her specialist subject areas are European politics and participatory governance. One of Professor Olimid’s outstanding achievements is her receipt of Economic and Social Council (WYA), UN, New York for an internship in 2005. Mrs. Olimid has published widely in international databases and is the (co)author of several books, notably: Politics, Security and Participatory Governance: Key Concepts, Policies and Legislation (2015); Research Handbook of Democracy, Institutions and Policy-Making in Communism and Post-Communism (2016). Editor-in-chief of Revista de Știinţe Politice. Revue des Sciences Politiques.

Lecturer Georgescu Cătălina Maria, PH.D.Biodata:
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Lecturer Ph.D. at thePolitical Sciences Specialization, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Craiova.She completed her MA degree in Political Sciences – National and Euro-Atlantic Security at the University of Craiova (2011), Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Craiova and post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Craiova (2014-2015), a BA degree in Political Sciences (2006) from the University of Bucharest. Author of Analysing the Politics-Administration Divide. Vol. 1 Patterns, History, Law and Public Policy and vol 2. Decision-Making within Public Organizations,2014, A History of Public Organizations in South-Eastern Europe during Post-Communism. Historical Conditionalities and political-juridical implications of European integration, 2015 and A History of Post-Communist Democratization in the Balkans: Institutions, politics and policies towards the European integration, 2015 and of studies indexed in international data bases. Her areas of scientific interest include the public policies and European governance. Deputy Editor-in-chief at Revista de Știinţe Politice. Revue des Sciences Politiques.

Lecturer Olimid Daniel Alin, PH.D.Biodata:
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Dr. Olimid Daniel Alin is lecturer Ph.D. at the Department of Biology and Environmental Engineering of the University of Craiova. His research interest and activity includes research articles in the field of genetics, population demography and screening and related fields in journals indexed ISI Thomson Reuters and other international databases. He holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, a BA and a MA in Medical Sciences from the University of Craiova, Faculty of Medicine.

Georgescu Silviu Dorin, PH.Dc.Biodata:
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He completed his MA degree in the Management of Human Resources at the University of Craiova, Faculty of Economy and Business Administration in 2006. He has a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the Faculty of Economy and Business Administration, University of Craiova, since 2000. He is an entrepreneur in the private sector in the domain of postal and courier services. During 3-28 February 2003 he was a stagiary of the Robert Schumann Foundation in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. He participated in conferences organised for former stagiaries of the Robert Schumann Foundation. During 2003-2004 Silviu Dorin Georgescu was assistant researcher at the Institute of Agrarian Economies, the Romanian Academy. Author of studies in the field of strategic management, services management and marketing.

Associate Professor Gherghe Cosmin Lucian, PH.D.Biodata:
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Dr. Cosmin Lucian GHERGHE is Associate Professor at thePolitical Sciences Specialization, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Craiova. He holds a Ph.D. degree in humanities (2008) from the Faculty of History, Geography and Philosophy, University of Craiova and a B.A. in Political Sciences (2003) from the Faculty of History, Geography and Philosophy, University of Craiova and in Law (1999) from the Faculty of Law and Administrative Sciences, University of Craiova. He is the author of over 20 articles, studies and papers published in scientific journals or presented in national and international conferences. His areas of interest include political parties, constitutional law, administrative and political institutions. He is member of 3 research projects/grants and also a member ofthe editorial board of Revista de Științe Politice. Revue des Sciences Politiques