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e-Petitioning for the German Bundestag

ITC worked with the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag to research and report on e-engagement using the e-Petitioner tool in order to support their Public Petitions agenda. We took our existing e-Petitioner System, and redesigned it in collaboration with their Online Services Department to produce an application to contend with the needs of a large European Parliament. We also demonstrated that e-Petitioner could be implemented in a language other than English.

The e-Petitioner comprises of two key elements:

During the evaluation period, e-Petitioner assisted the German Bundestag in discharging their responsibilities to upholding the right of their citizens to petition the Parliament.

Article 17

Everyone shall have the right individually or jointly with others to address written requests or complaints to the competent agencies and to parliaments,

Article 45c

  1. The Bundestag shall appoint a Petitions Committee to deal with requests and complaints addressed to the Bundestag pursuant to Article 17
  2. The powers of the Committee to consider complaints shall be regulated by federal law by providing a novel electronic channel to compliment their existing work with paper petitions.

The Bundestag e-Petitioner was formally launched on 1st September 2005 and ran until the end of 2008; see news item:
Formal launch of the German Bundestag e-Petitions System.

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