May 31, 2008
Reports in the British newspapers, the Telegraph and the Sun, of the EU myparl.eu project have immediately condemned it as a waste of money. Sadly, they have deliberately misprepresented the facts, eg:
- It is “an internet rival to Facebook”. Wrong: It is first and foremost a forum for online debate. It is most certainly not being set up as a rival to existing social networking sites.
- “Many MEPs have complained at the lack of consultation on the private service.” Wrong: all MEP opinions have been favourable except members of UKIP.
- “(M)uch of MyParl.eu will not be visible to the public, with its networking “restricted to parliamentarians”, Wrong: all of it will be visible and accessible.
Myparl.eu is an imaginative effort to answer the valid criticism that too much EU decision-making takes place in Brussels without national involvement, apart from Member State governments. The project is designed to facilitate debate among national politicians through the creation of a multi-lingual website. This is the first stage to engaging EU citizens.
As Moderator of the debate on “Future of Europe” (the other initial themes being “Energy & Climate Change” and “Intercultural Dialogue”), I have first-hand knowledge of myparl.eu.Author : Stanley Crossick