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EU conference to tackle ‘borderless’ eGovernment services

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‘Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans’ will be the focus of the 6th European Ministerial eGovernment Conference, taking place on 17-18 November in Poznan, Poland. The conference is one of the major events of the current six-month Polish EU Presidency.

Organised in close cooperation between the Polish EU Presidency and the European Commission, the high-level conference will bring together more than 900 stakeholders from Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, the European institutions, national and regional public administrations, industry and academia.

The Polish Minister of the Interior and Administration, Jerzy Miller, will open the conference together with Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda. The conference sessions will be divided into three thematic areas, with participants able to share and exchange ideas on:

  • policy issues related to the development of eGovernment services;
  • interoperability strategies to achieve wide availability of eGovernment services for all EU citizens and enterprises; and
  • people's concerns on issues such as the impact of eGovernment services, inclusiveness, public value, user empowerment and quality assurance.

Alongside the conference, at an Informal Ministerial Meeting European Ministers responsible for eGovernment will discuss how to improve eGovernment services. On 18 November, Maros Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration will inform the press on the results of the Informal Ministerial Meeting.

An exhibition accompanying the conference will highlight recent European developments in eGovernment services and applications, with more than 20 Member States demonstrating their approach and priorities. The European Commission will inform about its actions under the ISA – Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations – Programme and illustrate examples of effective cross-border electronic collaboration between European public administrations. In addition, five large scale projects of the European Commission will showcase the positive impact of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The projects, some of which were supported previously under IDABC (the predecessor programme of ISA), are now fully operational and are offering cross-border services to European citizens.

For more on the conference and for the conference programme.

Particpants interested in last-minute participation can declare their interest here: http://www.egov2011.pl/egov2011/contact/
or directly ask for an invitation request at contact@egov2011.pl.