“GovFaces is an excellent portal for Europeans to gain a direct contact with politicians across country lines,” Pietikäinen said.
GovFaces has a broad range of support from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of every party and many EU Member States. So far, many MEPs have pledged to use the platform at launch. Ms. Pietikäinen, however, has decided to publicly endorse the platform prior to launch as a “GovFaces Champion.” This decision puts her in the highest level of GovFaces supporters. More Champions will be announced prior to launch.
Ms. Pietikäinen was the former Minister for the Environment for Finland (1991-1995) and the Chair for the Finnish United Nations Association (1996-2007). She was elected to her position as an MEP from the National Coalition Party (Kansallinen Kokoomus) in 2008 and re-elected in 2009. She is the Vice-Chair for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
Citizen communication has been a key part of Ms. Pietikäinen’s work at the European Parliament. “It would be important for the European Union institutions to improve transparency when it comes to their functions, and increase the public access to their reports,” she said on her website.
“In my opinion, citizens play a key role in Europe, hence the need to further involve organisations and citizens in the community decision-making process, from the preparatory phase of the work onwards.”
Sirpa Pietikäinen’s GovFaces profile is up and running. Ask her a question here!
A quickly expanding citizen group of Finnish “early adopters” is forming up to be among the first GovFaces users. Do you believe in the GovFaces project and could help us spread the word about it? Contact Florian Dhondt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the GovFaces volunteers community in Finland.
GovFaces is the first global political network for connecting citizens and representatives online meaningfully and directly. By relying on multimedia such as direct video responses, and by allowing the community to decide which issues are more important, the GovFaces platform is the most efficient and effective way of contacting your elected representative online.