Can the public observe or listen to plenary sessions? Can the public observe committee meetings? Is contact information for MPs available? Is contact information for senior administrative staff available?
Argentina: Chamber of Deputies
Bosnia and Herzegovina: House of Representatives
Brazil: Chamber of Deputies
Cameroon: National Assembly
Canada: House of Commons
Chile: Senate
Colombia: Senate
Croatia: Croatian Parliament
El Salvador: Legislative Assembly of El Salvador
Estonia: Parliament of Estonia
Finland: Parliament of Finland
Georgia: Parliament of Georgia
Germany: Bundestag
Ghana: Parliament of Ghana
Greece: Hellenic Parliament
Guatemala: Congress of Guatemala
Hungary: National Assembly
Indonesia: House of Representative
Iran: Islamic Consultative Assembly
Ireland: Dáil Éireann (Lower House)
Israel: Knesset
Italy: Chamber of Deputies
Jordan: House of Representatives
Kosovo: Assembly of Kosovo
Macedonia: Assembly of Macedonia
Malaysia: House of Representatives
Mexico: Chamber of Deputies
Mexico: Senate
Montenegro: Parliament of Montenegro
Netherlands: Hosue of Representatives
Pakistan: National Assembly
Paraguay: Senate
Romania: Chamber of Deputies
Serbia: National Assembly
South Korea: National Assembly
Spain: Congress of Deputies
Taiwan: Legislative Yuan
Ukraine: Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
United Kingdom: House of Commons

Good Practice Examples

Brazil's e-Democracia platform allows citizens to comment on draft legislation

In Brazil, the Chamber of Deputies’ e-Democracia platform uses new social media and technology tools to engage a range of actors in the legislative process. For example, it allows citizens to comment on draft legislation and see when their comments are incorporated into law.


Finland setup an e-petition platform that enables citizens to propose legislation

Open Ministry is a civil society e-petition platform that enables citizens to propose legislation to Finland’s Parliament. Any proposal that receives over 50,000 signatures is automatically considered by the Parliament. Issues that have thus far received more than 50,000 signatures and have come up for parliamentary consideration include banning farming of animals for their furs, copyright regulation, allowing same-sex marriages, and making Swedish language non-mandatory for Finnish students.


Citizens are invited to have their say in the legislative process in Ghana, South Africa and Uganda

In Ghana, memoranda are welcomed from the public on any bill before committee. The South African Parliament allows for “submissions” to committees as well, and provides a simple description for how citizens may use this tool in its website. While in Uganda, members of the public may appear before parliament to give evidence on an item in the budget.