Please, use web 2.0 for Europe!

Today an open letter from the European Commission’s community of internet editors and webmasters was send to to President Barroso and incoming Commissioners. The title is “Harnessing the power of the Internet for better communication”.
In this letter, my colleagues and I make a strong plea for making more use of web 2.0.
Read for yourself:
open letter final – january 2010



35 Reacties to “Please, use web 2.0 for Europe!”

  1. uberVU - social comments Says:

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  3. An O'Nyme staff EC Says:

    I would like to be able to use more collaborative tools as Wikis. Organisations as OECD have already some wikis which are working.

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  5. Martin Says:

    I think it’s a bold move, yet a necessary one. I’m especially impressed how many officials signed. I sincerely hope that it helps you get a process started at which’s end it’s easier for you guys to actually get in contact with us “ordinary” citizens. So, I hope Barroso gives you the needed attention, it should very much be in the interest of the new Commission after all!

  6. Kristen Sukalac Says:

    Your letter makes a clear and compelling case for the Commission to come to terms with the world of Web 2.0. I think it speaks volumes that your titles are “Internet editors” when the Commission’s online presence should really be in the hands of people tasked with strategy first and content second.

  7. dicknieuwenhuis Says:

    strategy and content go hand-in-hand for the “internet editors”. Their role is different from the “webmasters” as they concentrate more on technical matters. Both work closely together in the information & communication units in the Commission’s department.

  8. dicknieuwenhuis Says:

    For a good article on EU communication with reference to our open letter, see “L’Europe et la communication, l’autre combat politique”,3227.

  9. Eurosocialiste Says:

    Bravo ! Please keep us updated on the consequences of this letter.

  10. dicknieuwenhuis Says:

    We will meet a member of Barroso’s cabinet this Wednesday and will get coverage in the Commission’s internal enwsletter!

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  14. dirk celis Says:

    Dear Dick Nieuwenhuis,

    At this moment I’m developing an ambitious multimedia project that we present as *The 24 hours of Europe*.
    This multimedia project shows the daily life in the 27 capitals of the Union and that during for 24 hours.

    Multimedia means concretely the following components:

    27 video films of maximum 24 minutes made by professional teams, a internet site (, footage on youtube, facebook, twitter (maximum 10 minutes) and pictures streamed by mobile and smartphone (maximum 2.40 minus) and at least distributing camcorders so that the inhabitants of Europe themselves can participate actively.

    This unique project is developed by a cooperation of Belgian partners with a national and international reputation. The Franco Dragone Entertainment Group from La Louvière, Euro Keys, an office of European Public Affairs in Brussels,
    `My media is rich’ in Brussels, Sunshine concerts Belgium (For promotional purposes) and my organization ‘Connecting Cities’ in Antwerp.

    The project wants to show the continent of Europe in its unique character and at the same time in its rich diversity.
    The project brings Europe in a dense form to its citizens and makes it concrete through its everyday follow-up of images of the daily life.

    Communication and active participation of the citizens in Europe are the principal issues of the 24 hours.

    Beginning of october 2010 the project will be submitted at the European Commission.

    My partners and myself ask you to join us in this ambitious Belgian project for Europe.
    How this collaboration can be eventually proceeded, we will develop in further communication.

    We are looking forward to your reaction and thank you for taking time to read this mail.

    With distinguished greetings,

    Dirk Celis
    Developer of the project 0032 475 428 709

  15. dicknieuwenhuis Says:

    with all my respect and enthusiasm for your project, it will be impossible for me to be associated as you submit the project to the European Commission, the organisation for which I work. Therefore it would be a conflict of interest and against the codes of conduct to be directly and personally involved. If you need contact names etc I would be pleased to help you.

  16. Yes, w’ve got an answer! « Dick Nieuwenhuis Blog Says:

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  17. An O'nyme Staff EC Says:

    5 monthes for an answer! It would be glad if the time to answer could be shortened. It does not give a very good image of the efficiency of the EC.

  18. jubakala Says:

    Hmm… I found this blog-post from Google when I was searching some posts of the rock band Editors… But, I guess it’s about some different kind of editors… So I keep searching, bye! 😀


    The Editors Discography Guy

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    Leuke site!. Er zijn nog weinig goede sites over dit onderwerp te vinden.
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  21. Anne Says:

    Continue à nous informer! et à faire évoluer la communication des institutions européennes.
    Une collègue An O’Nyme

    • dicknieuwenhuis Says:

      Avec plaisir!! 🙂
      L’année 2010 était “tropique” à cause de l’établissement du SEAE. Et nous ne sommes pas sortie de l’auberge avec SEAE, FPIS et DEVCO…..

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