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STEP - Societal and political engagement of young people in environmental issues


When: June 2015 - December 2017

Where: Various countries


Contact person: Gosia Zubowicz-Thull This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Project description:

The STEP project addresses the need of public organisations to effectively open their decision-making procedures that have an environmental impact to young people. The overall objective of the project is to develop and pilot test an eParticipation cloud platform, enhanced with web / social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features, which will promote the societal and political participation of young people in the decision-making processes on environmental issues.

Four pilots in an operational environment have been selected for the deployment of STEP solution in 4 locations: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, with the participation of one regional authority, 3 municipalities, and an association of municipalities. The pilots are expected to involve testing by 8.200 young users and 85 policy makers.

Aim and objectives:

The aim of the project is to develop and test an eParticipation cloud platform, which will promote the societal and political participation of young people in the decision-making processes on environmental issues.


  • To enable public authorities to quickly open their decision-making processes to young people.
  • To enable young citizens to participate in decision-making on issues with environmental impact.
  • To develop engagement and motivation strategies for increasing youth participation in environmental decision making.
  • To pilot test the services in an operational environment in terms of technical, organisational and legal feasibility, with the participation of end users (young citizens) and pollicy makers.
  • To assess the usability, effectiveness and impact of the project in embedding open engagement in public sector processes, and to identity the key barriers for wide scale deployment.
  • To ensure appropiate dissemination and realistic exploitation of project activities and results.

Participating organisations:

  • Draxis Environmental S.A. (Greece)
  • Youth and Environment Europe (Czech Republic)
  • Kairos Future AB (Sweden)
  • Linguatec GMBH (Germany)
  • Centre for Research and Techonology Hellas (Greece)
  • Inmark Europa S.A. (Spain)
  • Sampas Bilisim Ve Iletisim (Turkey)
  • University of Abertay Dundee (UK)
  • Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
  • Region of Crete (Greece)
  • Comune di Sant'Agata del Bianco (Italy)
  • Ajuntament de Mollet del Valles (Spain)
  • Ayuntamiento de Valdemoro (Spain)
  • planO2 Consulting Services Private Company AB (Greece)

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This project received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649493