eGovernment newsletter — Issue Wed 01 Apr 2015

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In this issue - April 2015

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Welcome to the eGovernment newsletter
Dear readers,

In this issue you will find news beyond our activities on eGovernment and Digital Public Services, from important events with participation of e-Sens, e-Codex and Stork 2.0 as well as the latest eGovernment country factsheets.

We in particular want to inform you about ICT 2015, the largest ICT Research and Innovation event organised by the European Commission that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 20-22 October 2015. Save the date in your calendar as it includes also 'public sector innovation' topics and do not miss the opportunity to "Innovate, Connect, Transform" with us!
The ICT 2015 event will comprise a number of parallel activities: a policy conference presenting the new Commission's policies and initiatives on Research & Innovation in ICT (Horizon 2020 Programme); an interactive exhibition showcasing the best results and impact of most recent EU ICT Research & Innovation; many networking opportunities to enhance quality partnerships, helping participants find partners, connect Research and Innovation and trigger collaboration; funding opportunities: ICT 2015 will also be the place to gather information on the 2016 Work Programme of Horizon 2020 – also on objectives relating to 'public sector innovation'.

Another important initiative is the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS), proposed by the Commission in 2013 and currently in the final stages of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council, which aims to ensure a high common level of cyber security in the EU. Thanks to the NIS Directive, amongst other benefits, governments and businesses will be able to rely on digital networks and infrastructure to provide their essential services at home and across borders. Read more below.

Enjoy your reading and Happy Easter!
Graziana Lonero & Markus Staedler, editors

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18 February - 30 April 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Call for networking sessions – ICT 2015
Are you interested in discussing ICT-related subjects in the context of Horizon 2020 or EU policies? Would you like to create a space to explore new ideas, concepts and partnerships? Would you like to bring together a diverse set of actors interested in a specific research, innovation or policy domain? Do you have original ideas on how to encourage interactions between ICT 2015 participants? Then submit your proposal to organise a networking session!
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ICT 2015 - Call for Exhibition - Deadline 19 April
Don’t miss the opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and passion for ICT with about 5000 researchers, universities, SMEs, ICT companies from all over the world. The deadline for proposal submission for the ICT 2015 exhibition has been extended to the 19th of April 2015, 18.00 CET.
logo of the ICT 2015 conference
National eGovernment factsheets of 34 countries
The European Commission has just published the 2015 version of the eGovernment factsheets for each of the 28 Member States of the EU and for some further six countries. The factsheets provide a comprehensive overview of the e-Government activities of a given country. They can also support the comparison between countries.
See also : eGov Factsheets 2015
Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive
The Digital Single Market is one of the European Commission's top priorities. It represents a golden opportunity: by fostering a Digital Single Market, the EU can create up to €250 billion in additional growth, hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and a vibrant knowledge-based society.
Cross-EU digital services
Cross-EU Digital Public Services at CeBIT 2015 - Blog post by Carsten Schmidt
CeBIT, the biggest ICT event in Europe, hosted e-SENS, e-CODEX and the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF DSIs - Digital Service Infrastructures) programme, showcasing some exciting solutions for modernising public administration around Europe.
STORK eID infrastructure as an enabler of cross-border efficiencies when interacting with public and private sectors
STORK 2.0, along with partners from the CEF Digital team and the eIDAS task force, presented the status of the project and the successful story of a Large Scale Pilot project that gathers 58 organizations from 19 Member States, in a Seminar on Electronic identification and authentication (European Parliament, 25/3/2015).
See also : Agenda
Cloud of public services
Cloud of Public Services graphic
Since 2011 the European Commission invests in projects which test the potential of a cloud of public services. The aim is to enable the development and the delivery of enhanced public services by combining building blocks and allowing service sharing between public and private providers.
See also : More information on our dedicated web page
Cloud of Public Services graphic
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