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Focus On - Vice-President Šefčovič, keynote speaker at the conference "Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration"

 Vice-President Šefčovič

"Business friendly, professional and transparent administration is really the topic of the day"

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration as well as for the ISA programme, was one of the keynote speakers at the conference "Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration". The event was organised on 29 October 2013 in Brussels by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission.

President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani, who were also present, stressed the importance of modern eGovernment administrations for growth and jobs. 

The high-level event was attended by more than 500 stakeholders, including officials from national, regional and local administrations, industry representatives, civil society and experts. Alongside the conference, three workshops were organised in order to discuss how to reduce administrative burdens, by fully exploiting the potential of ICT, and how to promote strategic management in Government. Accompanying stands were arranged by the European Commission, showcasing the most recent European developments in the field of eGovernment services and applications, including the Commission’s actions under the ISA programme.

Commissioner Šefčovič highlighted the main challenges faced by European Public Administrations (EPAs) and underlined the importance of interoperability for their modernisation and for transforming them into the main drivers of growth. He provided examples from EU public administrations and initiatives undertaken by the Commission, which show how an interoperable approach can reduce costs and help achieve the full benefits of the availability of Public Sector Information.

You can find all three speeches here.

You can also find the full conference report herepdf(855 kB).

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    • "One should focus on the processes, one should ensure that you optimise the services you provide. The semantics and technical details will follow."

      Adam Arndt
      Special Adviser, Danish National IT and Telecom Agency
    • "The initiatives that attract the attention of citizens come at local and regional level. That's where the challenge is: to have a framework where these services can be developed at a local level but then be exploited at a national and Union level."

      Declan Deasy
      Director, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "The EU Commission is doing a great job…but its not yet enough: it really depends on the individuals and on the willingness of the people to make their information available and to communicate with each other."

      Stefan Decker
      Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland
    • "We would like to foster more collaboration between the Member States. We know that it exists, however we think that electronic cooperation between the Member States can bring additional value both to the Member State administrations and to the citizens and businesses."

      Polina Mosheva
      ISA Programme Manager, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "The key challenges in Europe are just like in the United States. It’s changing the cultural mindset, it’s making it happen, it’s getting people out of their silos, out of their silos."

      Dr Brad Niemann
      Director and Senior Data Scientist at Semantic Community USA
    • "If we really want to promote semantic interoperability, we should not only concentrate on promoting technologies. But we should also try to promote what is at the core of semantic interoperability, which is basically common agreements."

      Vasilios Peristeras
      ISA Programme Manager, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "Practically in local government, unlike central government, everybody’s got their day jobs, there are very few specialists, so you really have to make a business case for people to get involved. You have to show them something works, you have to provide the tools for them."

      Mike Thacker
      Technical Director at Porism Limited, UK
    • "Interestingly, we find where we provide web-based tools and web-based standards such as standard vocabularies, standard algorithms, it’s actually the smaller municipalities that make most use of those because they don’t have their own internal infrastructure."

      Mike Thacker
      Technical Director at Porism Limited, UK