Rahvaalgatus.ee - Impact of Rahvaalgatus.ee

The Rahvaalgatus.ee platform was established and is managed by the Estonian Cooperation Assembly in close cooperation with the Riigikogu Chancellery. A representative from the Estonian Cooperation Assembly also serves on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Open Governance Steering Committee, and we have been involved in the implementation of several action plans over the years. Rahvaalgatus.ee is highlighted as a flagship project in the OGP 2014-2016 action plan.

KOGU Bulletin
Newsletter “KOGU Bulletin” offers in-depth stories providing detailed analyses of the societal impact of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly’s daily activities. These articles are a valuable addition to our monthly newsletter.

KOGU Bulletin #3: More than half a million electronic signatures have already been given through the Rahvaalgatus.ee portal. This reflects the emergence of a participatory revolution in Estonia and encourages us to contemplate the ever-expanding role of deliberative democracy in political engagement. “Rahvaalgatus.ee has brought Estonian citizens into the decision-making process, complementing our representative democracy.”

KOGU Bulletin #2: In this second snippet from our KOGU Bulletin series, we’ll explore the “Peretoetused õiglaseks” initiative for a more equal distribution of family allowances. This initiative gained significant traction and public attention in 2022, becoming one of the most signed and discussed public initiatives. Liina Virolainen and Teele Jõks, the organisers of the public initiative: “We succeeded in sparking a social debate.”

KOGU Bulletin #1: Rahvaalgatus.ee has firmly established itself as a valuable tool for participatory democracy, gaining recognition among the public. Tensions and concerns stemming from Russian aggression have also spurred increased activity on the online platform. “The engagement of Narva citizens has set an example for other local governments.”



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