Well, this is the first opening speech at e-Participation today. Matthias Groote (MEP) says we are faced with a contrast between political apathy on the one hand and increase in use of the Internet on the other. There is therefore an opportunity here for politicians to take the initiative and go to the citizens. The level of interactivity available with web 2.0 technology allows for both transparency and consultation. Mr. Groote says Obama's campaign is a positive example of successfuly engaging citizens using the Internet. It will be a very good exercise in fact to open up the legislation process to the ordinary public. He admited that some times MEPs themselves have difficulties with complicated legislative language. But ICT could bridge this very gap between technical language and basic understanding.