euandi is the first social VAA ever developed. It aims at to help citizens make an informed choice in the 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections. Available in 24 languages, euandi invites users to react to 28 policy statements covering a wide range of contemporary policy issues and political values in European politics, as well as to two policy statements specific to the user’s national political context.
Developed by the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, euandi provides voters with a clear view of the European electoral campaign and their individual positions within it. Not only does the tool help people identify which political parties represent their views, but it also provides an innovative platform for community building, where people from all over Europe can connect with each other based on their political views. The tool’s strong scientific background and its innovative social features make it interesting not only to the general public, but also to academics, experts and policy makers.
“Unlike the previous voting advice applications, EUANDI is more tightly integrated with social media, enabling the users to share their political profile via Facebook, compare their political positions with other users and if they wish, create social media groups based on political preferences,” said a co-leader of the Estonian team, Kristjan Vassil, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu.
The predecessor of EUANDI in the 2009 European Parliament elections was EU-Profile, the first Europe-wide voting advice application of its kind.