COVID-19 accelerates the digital transformation of local democracy

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increased use of digital tools can be seen as an impetus for regional and local authorities to become fit for the digital age. The opinion "Strengthening local governance and representative democracy via new digital technology instruments" presented by Rait Pihelgas (EE/Renew Europe), Chairman of the Järva Municipality Council and adopted at the CoR plenary session on 10 December also stresses that new digital technologies and tools have the potential to improve the quality of decision-making and transparency, promote communication, foster active citizenship and engagement in political life and therefore enhance local democracy on a permanent basis.

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