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The Impact of the New Technologies on the Parliamentary Democracy

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Bucharest, 17thJune, 2003 - The quick computerization process has a deep impact on the way the legislative institutions interact both with the electorate and with the civil society. Realizing the Internet great potential, the national parliaments in many countries chose to present certain information on the national parliamentary sites. The number of such sites keeps increasing day by day.

The fact that the countries belong to and are integrated in the European Union require a certain standard of the information that appear on these Internet sites and of the services related to the communication between the member and the candidate countries. 

These were some of the points discussed by the over 61 representatives of the Parliaments in 32 European countries, reunited at the end of last week in Bucharest, during the 6th edition of the international conference "Parliaments on the Internet". Most of the audience was made up of specialists in the IT field, IT managers at the European legislative chambers, as well as communication experts.  

On this occasion, SIVECO Romania presented, at the invitation of the Romanian Senate, a proposal of standardized integrator portal solution, which included both the technical specifications related to the description of the communication interfaces, as well as a visual prototype. 

The development of a portal for European Integration at IPU - Inter-Parliamentary Union (www.ipu.org) - standards, would determine stronger cooperation relations between the European countries parliaments. 

This would lead to:

  • A better follow-up of the integration process of the countries in course of adhering,
  • A better communication between the participants,
  • A better legislation harmonization, 
  • A more efficient monitoring of the countries in course of adhering, with the European integration portal, for certain economical indicators, opinion polls and statistics. 

On the integrator portal the users will be able to find all the necessary information related to: 

  • The European Parliament (detailed description of the European Parliament, the European Council, the members, permanent commissions, temporary commissions, procedures, activities, archives, statistics)
  • The parliaments of the countries in course of adhering (detailed description of the respective parliament, the members, permanent commissions, temporary commissions, procedures, activities, archives, statistics)
  • Legislation (detailed description of the selected legislative package, work commissions, agenda, adopted texts, plenary sessions, reports, debates, conciliation)
  • European integration (integration commission, description and objectives, general agenda, integration strategy, integration chapters, legislative packages, detailed agenda)
  • statistics (statistic information about the selected country, statistic information about the selected parliament, recent opinion polls in the respective country).
  • Videoconferences and communication (videoconferences management between the participants in the system, planning, the communication networks, the communication between the participants, discussion lists management and e-mail distribution). 

The solution proposed by SIVECO Romania is based on Web services architecture and XML standards, for defining the interface services between the national and integration portals. 

"The internet will provide public connections, while the integration portal - private connections, between the national portals of two parliaments", declares Tiberiu Popovici, Project Responsible at SIVECO Romania.

"When data request is sent from the data portal to the parliamentary portals, the request identification information is transmitted, as well as the language in which the user wants to receive the answer. For instance, if the user wants to view the list with all the presidents of the member state chambers in a certain language (Romanian, for example), when the Romania portal formulates the request, the integrator portal sends requests to all the other parliamentary portals and then gathers the results by giving the answer in the language chosen from the Romanian Parliament Portal."

SIVECO Romania specialists presentation was highly appreciated and the discussions that followed stand as testimony.

What was very appreciated was the fact that the existing information at every national portal level will be stored and turned into good account, as well as the fact that the integration portal is transparent for every national portal administrators (the administrators will not be requested a supplementary effort for data processing).

SIVECO Romania specialists expertise in the field of developing portal type solutions is certified by successful projects previously created for important organizations in the public and private sector, such as Constantza Sea Harbour Administration or the Ministry of Education and Research.