A new social networking site has just hit the digital shelves, but rather than existing solely to aid procrastination, this one appears to have a point to it.
myparl.eu is a political forum and social networking tool for parliamentarians in Europe, including both MEPs and MPs of the member states. On top of allowing European politicians to poke each other and update their relationship status, the site aims to encourage networking between various levels of political strata in Europe and foster debate about legislation at the national and European level.
Topics of any kind can be discussed, but debate will be encouraged on three themes in particular: the Future of Europe, Energy and Climate Change and Intercultural Dialogue. It seems myparl.eu have also managed to get their hands on some interesting coordinators for these forums including: Stanley Crossick, founder of the European Policy Centre, ex-EP Vice President Elly Plooij and David Kral, founder of Prague think-tank Europeum.
The site is for parliamentarians, by parliamentarians and although plenty of MEPs are already digitally inclined, this may entice those at the back of the pack to enter the age of politics 2.0. The project also appears to be a renewed attempt at involving member state parliamentarians in European affairs, with a view to addressing the democratic deficit through networking and open debate.
The project is being sponsored by the European Commission, and is due to be officially launched in October this year.