Information for Citizenship in Europe


Only by being well informed is it possible for citizens to exercise their rights, fulfil their responsibilities and play their full part in the democratic process. Individual European countries have developed different approaches to citizenship information. These include different rights to information, priorities and resources for providing information, and constitutional, policy and service frameworks.

This study, commissioned from PSI by the European Commission, assesses and compares the situation in five EU countries - the UK, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Ireland - and in Norway, and also considers the accessibility of information about the EU itself. The authors examine how each of the case study countries keep their citizens informed and what rights to information those citizens have. They analyse the reasons for different policy developments and the effectiveness of those policies; they assess the future trends in demand for information by citizens and whether services will be available to meet those demands; and they look at the current and potential role of information technology in providing citizenship information.


Dr Maria Joaqina Barrulas, INETI/CITI, Lisbon
Professor Ana Maria Correia, INETI/CITI, Lisbon
Dr Zita Correia, INETI/CITI, Lisbon
Anouk Kramp, NBBI, The Hague
Professor Helmut Kromar, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart
Dr John Mackenzie Owen, NBBI, The Hague
Dr Paschal Preston, COMTEC, Dublin City University, Dublin
Michael Rooney, PSI, London
Dr Gerhard Schwabe, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart
Jane Steele, PSI, London

ISBN: 0 85374 686 9